Typical Examples of Family Burial Plots
Family burial plots measuring approximately 1 x 2 meters are the most common memorial. A headstone or monument is situated in the rear, and the rest of the plot is typically a bed of soil, often raised, with or without a border. These are designed for ashes, and not for burial of a casket. A small hole is dug into the earth where the ashes are placed. Many family members may be buried in the same ash garden with death dates occasionally spanning more than a century. Consequently some monuments have long lists of names. The amount of information provided about each person varies widely, but usually the complete birth and death dates are provide, along with the maiden names of married women. Ceramic photographs may be attached to the stone. The monument may be decorated with above-ground urns filled with ashes and individually labeled with the names of the deceased. Some styles of monuments include compartments with glass cabinets where urns are placed along with photos of the deceased.
The following photos show several burial plots that are typical of those found in cemeteries throughout the Czech Republic: