16.37In Issues Paper 34, we did not include cemetery managers and employees in the discussion of the need for regulation of the people operating in this industry. Generally, the role of cemetery managers was discussed from the perspective of the management of cemeteries. In Chapter 12, we proposed a new set of obligations on cemetery managers in relation to the management of cemeteries.
16.38However, it has come to our notice that some cemetery employees do in fact have a role in relation to the deceased body, albeit a limited role. While the bereaved family will often be present at the grave site as the coffin is lowered into the ground, they will normally leave the site before the grave is filled in. In theory, this means that some of the issues we discuss below in relation to behaviour in respect of the deceased body may be relevant to cemetery employees.