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Swiss Burial/Grave Customs - ?

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Recent trip prompted this question again...
When visiting a cemetary above Rapperswil, in the small parish churchyard, I came across these prominently posted signs:

Graeberraeumung:
ab dem 29. August werden folgenden Graeber aufgehoben:
Urnengraeber 1996-2001.....

So, after a specified period of time (here 15-20 years), the graves are 'turned over' for the next group of potential occupants.
The notice went on to state that those decorations, pictures, crosses and adornments not claimed by family would be removed and disposed of by cemetary staff.
This notice was also posted in an area occupied by deceased children and infants...

My question would be: is the urn with remains likewise removed? And placed where?
I would have to surmise that this is common practice, as the cemetaries I've visited in Switzerland and Germany tend to be quite compact.

So what we know in the US as a 'final resting place' is not necessarily..?

What about families that have ceased visiting the gravesite and miss the notice? Perhaps the same weight is not placed on visiting the gravesite for years overseas?

And finally, is cremation the standard practice in Sw & Germany?

But I would have thought that the period of occupancy would have been longer...?

Not meaning to start a discussion of burial VALUES, just really curious as to customs?

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