Consulting: Tomb design

Tomb design

No other object shapes the appearance of the cemetery as much as the tomb. With every grave that is built and with every grave that is removed, the cemetery changes. Certainly only slowly, but continuously and lastingly. Whoever recognizes these interrelationships becomes aware that material, processing methods and size of the grave markers can have a great influence on the atmosphere of a burial place and should therefore be chosen carefully.

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e. V. (Study Group Cemetery and Monument) will be happy to advise you on these design issues. We explain not only technical terms but also the meaning of sepulchral symbols. Both experts and laymen will not only receive suggestions for individual solutions. We can also put you in touch with leading designers. We will also support you in assessing the historical value and securing older tombs. And if there are any doubts whether a tomb design can be approved for aesthetic or content reasons, we will gladly give you a reasoned opinion.

General information

Providing well-founded and practice-oriented information on all questions of funeral and cemetery culture is one of the original tasks of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft friedhof und Denkmal (Study Group Cemetery and Monument).

Cemetery owners and administrations are advised as well as tradespeople, cultural institutions and private individuals. The spectrum ranges from design recommendations and legal advice to cemetery planning.

At the same time, the working group develops guidelines and recommendations that are intended to lead to a sustainable funeral culture oriented towards the requirements of the present and communicates them to a broad public. Lectures, seminars and further training events serve this purpose.

On request, it also offers further consulting by our staff or establishes contacts with other experts.


The charge is € 60,- per consulting hour for members of the working group (plus 7% reduced VAT).
For non-members the hourly rate is 75,- € (plus 7% reduced VAT). The costs for written statements are charged by arrangement according to the research effort.
Short inquiries that can be clarified in a telephone conversation are free of charge.

Gerold Eppler M.A.

Position: Deputy Director, Museum Education

Telefon: 0561 / 918 93 23

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Stone processing at the museum
Stone processing at the museum
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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur

Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Weinbergstraße 25–27
D-34117 Kassel | Germany
Tel. +49 (0)561 918 93-0

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