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Cemetery and crematorium services

Published on 20 March 2020

Cemetery and crematorium services

Carlisle Crematorium and our Cemeteries remain open for cremations, burials and essential visits.

  • Please only visit our sites if your visit is essential and you must follow the Government’s rules to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Observe social distancing, staying at least two metres apart from other people.
  • Do not visit a Cemetery or the Crematorium if you have any symptoms. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.

Following changes in government and ICCM guidance, we have advised local funeral directors of the following. It applies to funeral services at the crematorium and in our cemeteries.

Government advice suggests that only close family and friends should attend funerals at this time.

Now that we are in a national lockdown, the following updated guidance will be in place at Carlisle Crematorium from Thursday 7 January 2021:

  • The maximum number of mourners in our chapels remains at 24 (not including Funeral Directors and clergy/Celebrants). 
  • Funeral services will no longer be relayed via our external speakers. Additional friends and families should not attend the Crematorium.
  • The maximum number of people who can attend an interment of cremated remains will be reduced to six.
  • Garden appointments are temporarily suspended.

There is now the opportunity for families and loved ones to watch a live stream or continue to obtain a recording of the service through Wesley Media. 

The following arrangements continue to be in place:

  • The maximum number of attendees allowed at graveside for a burial is restricted to 30 with social distancing measures.
  • The Crematorium toilets are open with signage indicating access points and social distancing measures. Access is via the door adjacent to the Book of Remembrance along the side of the building before a funeral or after a funeral service on exiting the chapel.
  • The cemetery chapels are open allowing funerals to take place prior to interment at graveside.
  • Places of Worship are open allowing for “Committal” services at both at the crematorium and at graveside.
  • Memorial Masons are allowed to carry out new installations, additional inscriptions and replacement headstones with suitable PPE and social distancing measures.
  • The funeral times are still restricted to 20 minutes to allow the crematorium chapel to be cleaned between each and every funeral.
  • The office reception and the Book of Remembrance remain closed to the public.

Bereavement support in Cumbria
The death of a loved one can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, and it often falls on those closest to the deceased and grieving the most to organise the funeral.

The government has produced a leaflet which shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and guides you to the extra help and support that is available.

Across Cumbria there are many organisations that offer bereavement support and it is important that following a death we are able to signpost and guide people for appropriate help. A guide is attached as a downloadable document.

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