A Family Chapel is an alternative to the traditional in-ground burial and is constructed of concrete as a single unit comprising either eight or 10 beds, in which an entire family will eventually be housed together.
Family Chapels were traditionally chosen by Italians, as this form of burial is similar to the burial practices of the early Church; however other nationalities are now choosing this type of facility rather than an in-ground interment.
An eight bed family chapel comprises of 4 beds on the left-hand side of the chapel and 4 beds on the right-hand side. The chapel area is finished to the family's requirements and usually includes an altar in the centre of the chapel.
A ten bed family chapel is the same as described for an eight bed family chapel, except that it has two extra beds positioned over the altar area.
It is normal for the chapels to have a lockable door to protect family memorabilia.