The Shoalhaven Cemeteries

Information about the Shoalhaven Cemeteries

Chapel Video Recordings

Between 2006 and mid 2013 most services held in the Chapel at the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens were digitally video recorded. The recordings are intended to create a valuable historical archive of our times. Copies of recordings are available for purchase as standard video DVDs. Please note that recording facilities are currently not available.

Before ordering please check with our office to see if the service was recorded and that the video file is available.

Chapel Video recordings are in 16:9 wide-screen format. They comply with the Australian television PAL standard. Videos are compiled from two camera perspectives; one looking out  over the chapel towards the lectern and catafalque area, the other showing close ups of the speakers.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT VIDEO SLIDESHOWS - If there was a slideshow at the service it can be edited into the DVD PROVIDED it is a standard digital video file (.vob, mpeg, avi, divx). It must also be  in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and PAL standard. Note that POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS cannot be used in Video DVDs.  

Recordings on DVD are available for purchase.  Generally after 60 days of the service video files are archived. Once archived the quality of the video will be at a slightly lower resolution. 

Guidelines for Natural Burial

The purpose of a natural burial is to return the body to the earth in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition and allows the body to recycle naturally. It is intended as an environmentally sustainable funeral practice that will limit future hazards to public health and is in harmony with modern resource-conservation activities

  1. Natural Burials shall only occur in areas approved by the Shoalhaven City Council (Council).

  2. The plot location for every Natural Burial, within an approved area (see 1), shall be determined by the Bereavement Services Unit based on operational risk assessments and logistics.

  3. The plot size will be 1000mm X 2200mm.

  4. The maximum opening size will be 760mm X 2150mm

  5. The default opening size will be 660mm X 2100mm,

  6. Every Natural Burial shall comply with

    • The Public Health Regulation (Disposal of Bodies) 2002 (Regulation) under the Public Health Act of NSW

    • Council's “Cemeteries, Crematorium and Memorial Gardens Policy”

    • Council's “Funerary and Monument Masonry Services Policy”

    • Council's Occupational Health & Safety Policy

    • Other policies of the Council, when appropriate.
  7. Application for a Natural Burial shall be made on the form provided in this Guideline.

  8. The applicant's nominated funerary service provider must certify that

    • the body to be buried has not been partially or fully embalmed.

    • The coffin is constructed with rapid biodegradability in mind.

    • Metal fixings to join the coffin should only used where essential for structural purposes

    • the coffin in which the body will be contained
  • is constructed from a renewable or recycled resource such as wicker, reeds, bamboo, plantation softwood, recycled paper, recycled cardboard or recycled softwood; and

  • utilises only materials that are known to be rapidly biodegradable; and

  • has handles made from hemp rope or another similar biodegradable product; and

  • must not use non-biodegradable liners

  • contains only the body of the deceased;

    1. Pacemakers and other electronic implants are not present in the body.

    2. The body of the deceased is dressed only in fully biodegradable materials such as cotton.

  1. After burial, access to the each grave may be restricted due to

  • the protection of the landscape,

  • inclement weather

  • local environment protection concerns

  • Health and safety

  1. Where appropriate, Council may, on or near the grave, plant a tree or shrub native to that area

  2. Within seven days of burial Council will arrange a survey to determine the exact location of the grave site.

  3. The surveyed location co-ordinates will be recorded in the burial register.

  4. Within three calendar months of the burial the Council will procure a cast bronze plaque showing the full name of the deceased as declared in the burial application, their date of birth, their date of death and the surveyed co-ordinates of the burial plot.

  5. The cast bronze plaque shall be fixed to a common rock along with plaques of others buried in the Natural Burial Portion.

  6. The common rock will be located at a place on the perimeter of or near the entrance of the Natural Burial Portion.

  7. Maps showing the location of Natural Burials can be obtained from the Bereavement Services Office.

  8. Only natural cut or dried flowers may be left on or near the grave.

  9. Flowers containing support wires, cables or supports will be removed without notice.

  10. Flowers fixed into hydration bases will be removed without notices.

  11. Flowers must only be tied with cotton or hemp string. Flowers otherwise contained or tied will be removed without notice.

  12. Mementos or tributes of any other kind are not permitted on Natural Burial sites. They will be removed without notice and held by the Bereavement Services Office for collection for seven days after which time they will be disposed of.

  13. The erection of any structure to mark the grave is not permitted. They will be removed without notice.

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Video Recordings

Since 2006 most services held in the Chapel at the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens have been digitally video recorded. The recordings are intended to create a valuable historical archive of our times.

Copies of recordings are available for purchase as standard video DVDs.

Before ordering please check with our office to see if the service was recorded and that the video file is available.

Chapel Video recordings are in 16:9 wide-screen format. They comply with the Australian television PAL standard. Videos are compiled from two camera perspectives; one looking out  over the chapel towards the lectern and catafalque area, the other showing close ups of the speakers.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT VIDEO SLIDESHOWS - If there was a slideshow at the service it can be edited into the DVD PROVIDED it is a standard digital video file (.vob, mpeg, avi, divx). It must also be  in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and PAL standard. Note that POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS cannot be used in Video DVDs.  

Recordings on DVD are available for purchase.  Generally after 60 days of the service video files are archived. Once archived the quality of the video will be at a slightly lower resolution. 

Chapel Guidelines

 

The Chapel at the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens & Lawn Cemetery can comfortably seat up to eighty adults.  There is standing room inside for another 20 to 30 people.

It is possible to cater for larger gatherings by opening the doors and extending seating and standing room under the Chapel’s verandahs.

The Chapel features a full range of multimedia equipment, including a hearing aid loop, public address system and large format plasma screens to display video slide shows. Most modern digital video and audio formats are supported.  Chapel services are recorded and are available for purchase as a USB or DVD by the Applicant through the Shoalhaven Bereavement Services office.  Recordings are deleted from archives 12 months after the date of the service.

Concierge services are provided to assist funeral directors, event organisers and those attending services. First aid trained staff is also available whenever a service is held in the Chapel.

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Memorial choices

Memorial types

 

  • Garden of Peace memorials are available at Berry Cemetery, Kangaroo Valley Cemetery, Sandrdige Memorial Gardens (Mollymook) and the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens at Worrigee.
  • Garden Memorials are available at Sandrdige Memorial Gardens (Mollymook) and the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens at Worrigee.
  • Bushwalk Garden Memorials are available at Sandrdige Memorial Gardens (Mollymook) and the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens at Worrigee.
  • Tree of Life Memorials are only available at the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens & Lawn Cemetery. Worrigee.
  • Garden Wall niche memorials are only available at the Sandridge Memorial Gardens, Worrigee.

Yalwal Cemetery

Yalwal lies 28 km west of Nowra. Once a substantial town the last of the goldmines closed at Yalwal in the 1920s. Some of the homes were dismantled in World War I as building materials were in short supply. The 1939 bushfires destroyed most of what remained and the former township was entirely covered by water in 1972 when Danjera Creek Dam opened. Yalwal Cemetery is all that remains from the original settlement. The graveyard was restored as a bicentennial project in 1988. The oldest grave dates back to 1854. Today there is a picnic spot near the dam with bushwalking nearby. There are toilets, barbecues and drinking water available.

 

Location

Subcategories

The Crematorium and Memorial Gardens in the Shoalhaven

The links below provide information on some of the special features of the Chapel. For more general details click here

Shoalhaven Council has approved  Natural Burial Portion at the Cambewarra (Good Dog) Cemetery

 


Lawn Cemeteries in the Shoalhaven

 

 
Attachments:
Download this file (12c_Application_Interment_Right_Gardens_and_Memorial_Walls_Blank.pdf)12c_Application_Interment_Right_Gardens_and_Memorial_Walls_Blank.pdf[Application for Interment Right - Memorial Gardens and Walls]1583 kB
Download this file (12e_Application_Final_Placement_BLANK.pdf)12e_Application_Final_Placement_BLANK.pdf[Application Form for Final Placement Instructions and Authority]1788 kB
Download this file (12g_Application_Final_Placement_Attendance_Service_BLANK.pdf)12g_Application_Final_Placement_Attendance_Service_BLANK.pdf[Application to Attend at Time of Placement]1781 kB
The General Cemeteries in the Shoalhaven
Pioneer and historic cemeteries and burial grounds in the Shoalhaven

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