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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.
  • Do not visit a Cemetery or the Crematorium if you have any symptoms. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.

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. 

  • Funeral services at Carlisle Crematorium are now able to accommodate 120 mourners within the chapel. The overflow chapel will remain closed (this will be reviewed on Monday 16 August).
  • Audio streaming to speakers outside chapel for services of greater than 120 attendees has been re-instated.
  • Service times of 20 minutes, the one way system and the need to wear face coverings still apply.
  • We also recommend that visitors continue to observe social distancing to minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • There will is no limit on the number of mourners at graveside services. 
  • Face to face appointments can be booked through the Bereavement Services Office. Please call 01228 817390 to make an appointment.
  • The Book of Remembrance can be viewed, with one person or bubble being able to access it at any one time. The Book of Remembrance is accessible Monday to Fridays from 9am to 4pm and Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2.30pm. 

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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