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Update on services

Published on 20 March 2020

Update on services

Cemeteries and Crematorium

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.

From next Monday 21 September new arrangements will be place at Carlisle’s Cemeteries and Crematorium.

Following changes in government and ICCM guidance, we have advised local funeral directors of the following.

From Monday 21 September the following applies to funeral services at the crematorium and in our cemeteries:

  • The maximum number of attendees allowed at graveside for a burial is restricted to 30 with social distancing measures.
  • The maximum number of attendees at an interment of cremated remains (both in the crematorium grounds and in our cemeteries) is restricted to six.
  • The maximum number of attendees allowed in the crematorium and cemetery chapels remains at a maximum of 24 to allow for adequate social distancing measures following a risk assessment.

These restrictions conform to updated government guidance which came into force on Monday 14 September 2020 which states that the maximum number of people from multiple households that can meet both inside and outside is six with funerals being exempt with the current maximum of 30 people who must adhere to social distancing.

The following arrangements are in place:

  • The Crematorium toilets have reopened with signage indicating access points and social distancing measures. Access will be 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 have re-opened allowing funerals to take place prior to interment at graveside.
  • Places of Worship have re-opened this allows for “Committal” services both at the crematorium and at graveside to restart.
  • 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.
  • Please only visit the Crematorium and Cemetery 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 coronavirus symptoms. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.

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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