Once you have registered a death, you can begin to arrange the funeral. We appreciate that during this difficult time you will have to make important decisions about the type of service you want for the funeral.

Normally a funeral director (undertaker) would help make the arrangements, although some people may want to make their own arrangements.

    Burials

    If you have appointed a funeral director, they will contact us directly to book an interment and complete the required paperwork on your behalf.

    If you have chosen to arrange the funeral yourself, you should contact us first to discuss the arrangements. You will then need to submit an application form, along with the appropriate fee, no later than 48 hours prior to the internment.

    If you already own a lair, you will also need to provide us with the legal deeds showing proof of ownership.

    Following the burial, it is common for the ground to settle within the first fortnight. This process is caused by soil conditions and it is perfectly natural. We understand that it can be visually upsetting and can cause distress to family members visiting the grave. For this reason, we do try to be as vigilant as possible in inspecting all recent lairs for settlement.

    Memorial flowers, wreaths and tributes will be uplifted 2 to 3 weeks after interment. Should you wish to keep any of these items, you should remove them 14 days after the date of interment.

    Burial forms and guidance notes

    Burial application form
    Cremated remains interment
    Transfer of burial rights

    Lairs (Graves)

    Please note that due to limited burial ground capacity, you can no longer pre-purchase a lair. Both full and half lairs can be purchased when they are needed for coffin or cremated remains interments. Half lairs are for cremation caskets only. The right to bury lasts for 100 years from the date of purchase.


    Cremations

    If you have appointed a funeral director, they will contact us directly to book a cremation and complete the required paperwork on your behalf.

    If you have chosen to arrange the cremation yourself, you should contact us first to discuss the arrangements. You will then need to submit an application form, along with the appropriate fee, no later than 48 hours prior to the cremation.

    From 04 April 2019, new application forms to cremate must be used. These should be used in conjunction with the accompanying guidance note.

    Application forms can be submitted either electronically or in paper format (download and print the form to complete it).

    Additional particular form must be submitted with the relevant cremation application.

    Types of cremation applications

    If you are unsure which application form to use please see the table below:

    Form To apply for cremation of Used by
    A1 Adult or child
    (also body part of either)
    The relative or nominated individual
    A2 Stillborn baby A parent or nominated individual

    Health body/ hospital/ NHS
    A3 Pregnancy loss on or before 24 weeks gestation Woman or nominated individual
    A4 Pregnancy loss(es) on or before 24 weeks gestation Health body/ hospital/ NHS
    A5 Adult or child (section 87 application) Local authority
    A6 Body after anatomical examination University anatomy school
    Body parts after anatomical examination University anatomy school
    Body parts after hospital arranged post mortem Hospital
    A7 Body parts after anatomical examination (where the person died before the Anatomy Act 1984 came into force) University anatomy school