Finding the spot
There are usually no markers on the ground to indicate the position of the grave. We hope that the following methods will help you to relocate the grave. If you need any further help, please contact us.
Using your What3Words on your phone
We now provide the what3words (W3W) address of the grave, as well as the GPS coordinates.
For example, our W3W office address is sweetened.retire.hours (which is much easier to remember than the GPS coordinates 51.812633, -2.7152923)
what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3-word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.
Download the free mobile app (available here on the App Store, and on Google Play) or online map.
How to use what3words
The what3words app has a navigation option within the app, so when you arrive at the burial ground, type in the 3 words we have given you and press navigate using what3words.
This will open a compass on your phone with an arrow pointing in the direction you need to walk and a distance. Keep following the arrow until you reach >1m and you will have found the spot you’re looking for.
Here is more information about how to use the what3words app.
Using longitude and latitude coordinates
Enter the longitude and latitude into the map app on your phone. The position of the grave will be shown by a red pin. Press ‘Directions’ from your current location and begin navigation.
Your own position is shown by a blue dot with a small arrow to indicate the direction of travel. You will see the blue dot moving across the map as you walk.
You will have reached the grave when the blue dot coincides with the red dot under the red pin. Bear in mind that accuracy is no closer than 4m.
Use tape measures
Using two permanent ground markers at the burial ground and two 50m tape measures, it is possible to pinpoint the head of the grave. The grave location plan will provide you with the details of which permanent ground markers to use and the measurement from each marker to the grave.
Using the Sample PDF as an example: Measure 17.06m from the first permanent ground marker (K), and measure 38.29m from the second (J). As seen in the photo to the left, cross the two tape measures at the measurement points indicated by the grave location plan, and this is where the grave will be.
Making use of nearby landmarks, such as trees, fence posts etc. can help you find the grave. Pace out strides to the grave from a landmark, aiming for a particular spot in the distance or using a compass to get a bearing.