Seminar: demand-oriented cemetery development planning Seminar: demand-oriented cemetery development planning
Seminar: demand-oriented cemetery development planning


Tuesday, 25. June 2024
9am – 4pm


Costs: 229 € incl. drinks and lunch


Registration until 21. June 2024 via


Demand-oriented cemetery development planning

The seminar is held in German language

The ongoing changes in the cemetery and burial system are having an increasingly negative impact on the financing of municipal and church cemeteries. Changing life circumstances (increasing mobility) as well as social and religious values are leading to a weakening commitment to the family grave and thus to the local cemetery. There is a clear trend toward low-maintenance and low-cost gravesites, which are offered in cemeteries but also in private burial places far from the cemetery (e.g. burial forests, burial churches and houses, burial at sea, etc.). As a result of competition and the demand for urn burials, which has been increasing for years, small-scale cemetery overhangs have formed in many places, putting a strain on cemetery budgets.

Cemetery administrations are in competition for burial cases and the associated revenues. This applies to the "product grave" as well as to the "product of burial and farewell", which is increasingly also offered by private funeral homes. In view of the probably irreversible changes in the cemetery and burial system, cemetery administrations are faced with a crossroads: Should cemeteries be merely a facility for ensuring the provision of public services or should they remain, as before, citizen-oriented places of burial and mourning as well as places of recreation and communal identity? How can the ecological potential of cemeteries be expanded, communicated and appreciated for the benefit of the general public? And what needs are created by immigration?

Regardless of how the decision for the future orientation of the cemeteries is made locally: The cemeteries must be planned and organizationally changed according to the changed requirements. The overriding goal here is to improve the economic situation. In the seminar, essential components of a demand-oriented and long-term cemetery development planning (FEP) will be presented. In this context, two essential "adjusting screws" are differentiated: the revenue side (e.g. by securing the demand for burial and the associated fee income) and the expenditure side (e.g. by reducing the care and maintenance expenditure at the cemeteries).


Dienstag, 25. Juni 2024 | 9 – 16 Uhr

Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel


Teil I Friedhofsentwicklung und Flächenbedarf


I.1. Rahmenbedingungen und Grundlagen
I.2. Flächenbedarfsberechnung und Belegungsplanung
I.3. Methodik und Praxisbeispiele


Teil II Nachfrageorientierte Bestattungsangebote


II.1. Entwicklung der Bestattungsnachfrage
II.2. Neue Bedarfe durch Zuwanderung
II.3. „Pflegefreie“ Bestattungsangebote
II.4. Hinweise für die Gebührenkalkulation


Teil III Freiraummanagement und Bestattungsdienst


III.1. Förderung ökologischer Potenziale
III.2. Optimierung Freiflächenpflege und Bestattungsdienste
– organisatorische und praktische Handlungsstrategien
III.3. Regiebetrieb oder Vergabe (make or buy)
– Chancen und Risiken beider Modelle
III.4. Planung personeller und maschineller Ressourcen
– Methoden zur Bedarfsermittlung


Teil IV Aufbahrung und Verabschiedung


IV.1. Entwicklung der Gebäudenutzungen
– Wettbewerb um Bestattungsfälle
IV.2. Umgang mit Gebäuden und Infrastrukturen
– Erhalt oder Rückbau / Zentralisierungsmöglichkeiten


Teil V Vermarktung von Friedhofsleistungen


V.1. Wertschätzung öffentlicher Leistungen und Funktionen
V.2. Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Service


Seminar leader

Dr.-Ing. Martin Venne (landscape and open space planning, chairman of the board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V. and managing director of the planning and consulting office PLANRAT VENNE)
Gerold Eppler M.A. (stone sculptor and art educator, deputy managing director of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V. and deputy director of the Museum für Sepulkralkultur)
Dr.-Ing. Dagmar Kuhle (landscape and open space planning, member of the advisory department of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denmal e.V.)

Target group

Cemetery managers and cemetery employees, employees of municipal and other cemetery operators, employees of participating departments.
The seminar is recognized by the Chamber of Architects and Town Planners of Hesse with 7 continuing education points. After attending the event, AKH members can have these credits credited by the AKH.


229,- Euro incl. drinks during breaks and lunch

Cancellation policy

If you are unable to attend after registering, please inform us at least seven days before the start of the conference. Otherwise we will have to charge you the full fee. You can nominate a substitute participant at any time free of charge.


Until June 21, 2024 at the
Working Group Cemetery and Monument e.V.
Central Institute and Museum for Sepulchral Culture
Weinbergstraße 25-27, 34117 Kassel
Phone: 0561 91893 0

Our Lecturers

Dr.-Ing. Martin Venne

Position: Holder of PLANRAT Venne, Consulting Planning Development

Telefon: 0561 / 499 447 71

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Gerold Eppler M.A.

Position: Deputy Director, Museum Education

Telefon: 0561 / 918 93 23

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Dr.-Ing. Dagmar Kuhle

Position: Advice for cemetery owners and administrators, organisation and implementation of further trainings

Telefon: 0561 / 918 93 24

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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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