The Difference Between Cemeteries and Graveyards

Here at A Gentle Touch Funerals, we like to take a sensitive approach to our services, but we also think that it is important for all of our clients to be 100 per cent aware of all the different options that are ahead for burial.

For example, did you know that there are certain differences between cemeteries and graveyards?

To help you get a better grasp of Gold Coast cemeteries and graveyards, here is some of the key information about differences between the two.


In general, cemeteries tend to refer to much larger burial ground areas that are not affiliated with a church.

A traditional graveyard is usually found either on the property of a church or right next to it.

A cemetery on the other hand is its own functioning thing, a municipal facility, not connected with a specific church building in the area.

Space Requirements

Graveyards tend to not have as much space available as cemeteries that are able to grow with demand in larger areas.

Limited space in graveyards is a result of their being directly affiliated with a neighbouring church.

Religious Connection

A graveyard will generally have a stipulation that the deceased being laid to rest was a follower of the connected church’s faith.

Cemeteries, on the other hand, are secular, which means that people of all faiths (or no faith at all) can be buried there.

Headstone Requirements

Being attached to a church with a traditional set of religious rules, headstones in graveyards are generally required to be more reserved and ‘classic’, made of granite or natural stone and with fairly conservative working.

In a cemetery, there are far fewer rules on this front, and you are free to pick any type of material and be more adventurous in your wording.

So, if you are in a position where you need to do some more research on Gold Coast cemeteries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

We are dedicated to guiding clients through this process in as delicate and sensitive a manner as possible.

Let us take all of the stress and anxiety out of the process for you, it’s what we do best.

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