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Belfast not best value for burials in province

by Kerry McKittrick

Published 13/08/2015

Burials are much cheaper in many parts of Northern Ireland than in Belfast.

Yesterday a survey revealed Belfast was the cheapest place to die in the UK.

But the best value can be found in other parts of Northern Ireland.

The burial of an individual in Roselawn Cemetery - the only Belfast City Council cemetery with new plots available - comes to £570 with an additional cost of £410 for the first opening of the grave. This is a knock-down price only for Belfast residents, however, as non-residents face a fee of £1,795.

It's still a bargain compared to the rest of the UK where the average burial tips the scale at around £2,000, according to Post Office Money Funeral Planning.

However, in cemeteries under the control of Derry City and Strabane District Council the price of a grave plot is just £184 - £325 for non-residents - with the first opening costing an additional £163.

There are also more locations to choose from in and around the Maiden City, with City Cemetery, Alla Claudy, Ballyoan and Altnagelvin cemeteries, having plots available.

The Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has a cost of £140 per single plot with an adult internment priced at £115. Under Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council residents pay £300 for a plot but the price rises sharply to £900 for non-residents. But those non-resident in Ards and North Down Council face a hefty charge of £1,250 for their plot, a full £1,000 more than those resident in the council area.

As the cost of graves is on the rise, so too are their availability. Many of us will remember the days when our grandparents chose and gradually paid off their grave, particularly so they could rest in peace side by side. Most city councils have changed their policy and it's now not possible to reserve your grave in advance. Plots can only be purchased for the recently deceased.

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