Memorial - Burial Options
Yan Yean Cemetery currently offers two memorial areas for cremated remains.
Our rose gardens showcase circular beds with an array of colourful roses, a bronze plaque can be placed on the bed’s beams to commemorate a loved one. Each niche can contain up to two cremated remains.
Memorial 'Under the Trees'
Parallel with Plenty Road, a row of trees, borders the green lawns, cremated remains can be placed beneath the trees with a bronze plaque. Niches can also accommodate two cremated remains.
To make arrangements for placing cremated remains or a memorial, please contact our office for an appointment, our administration staff will help you with all the arrangements and are happy to answer any questions.
Yan Yean Cemetery offers two types of beautifully kept lawn grave sites, Plaque Lawn and Headstone Lawn, set in a serene surrounding with rolling green hills. The lawns feature pre-constructed beams where a memorial is placed.
Our plaque lawns can accommodate between 1 and 3 burials, the capacity is determined with the first interment. A memorial bronze plaque is placed on the existing concrete beam, which can be organised through our office. Please contact the office if you wish to enquire about purchasing a plaque lawn plot and/or placing a plaque, our administration staff will happily guide you through the process.
Our headstone lawns also accommodate between 1 and 3 burials, and the capacity is determined with the first interment. Families are able to organise a headstone through a registered stone mason to place on the existing beam. An application to erect a headstone will be submitted by the stone mason chosen by the family on their behalf, the permitted headstone dimensions are: maximum height is 1000mm, width up to 1200mm, and depth from front to back of headstone is up to 380mm.
Monumental graves are earth graves, which can accommodate between 1 and 3 burials, the capacity is determined with the first interment. Families are able to place a full stone monument on the grave, through a stone mason of their choice, who will apply for a permit to erect a monument on their behalf. The maximum height for a monument is 2200mm, including any crosses or other fixtures.
A vault is a concrete-lined grave below ground, the walls and bottom of the grave is lined with concrete, after the interment the grave is filled with sand instead of earth and a concrete lid will seal the site. It will accommodate up to 2 interments. The vault allows for the construction of a stone monument on top of the grave, installed through a stone mason of the family's choice, who will apply for a permit to erect a monument on their behalf. The maximum height for a monument is 2200mm, including any crosses or other fixtures.
Additional Information / Definitions
- Yan Yean Cemetery has limited staff, appointments are essential to effectively manage the cemetery's operations. Please contact the office on 9716 2619 to arrange an appointment.
- Graves are usually prepared for two interments (burials); however, the capacity can vary from a single interment up to three interments depending on the family’s wishes. The depth of a grave is determined at the first burial.
- Monument – is a memorial constructed by a monumental mason, generally of stone, covering the entire grave, showing the name(s) of the deceased. All monuments require a foundation (footings) and must be constructed following the Australian Standards..
- Headstone – a memorial, generally of stone, placed at the head of the grave showing the name(s) of the deceased.
- Renovation – work by a monumental mason to rectify, alter or repair an existing monument.
- Ledger – a solid covering, generally of stone, covering the top or within the monument edges.
- The ledger is removed and replaced for additional interments.
- Chip top or pebble top – a cement preparation spread over the top of the grave and allowed to set, and pebbles placed on top. This would be removed for additional interments. It would be reset by a monumental mason of the family's choosing.
- Rock Dig – a section of the cemetery where there is rock. If a monument is to be placed pre-need (before an interment takes place) then the grave needs to be pre-dug and the soil/rock replaced, (additional cost apply). This is done to prevent any damage to the monument at the time of the interment.