Funerals and burials
The most up to date guidance can be found at the government’s guidance for arranging and attending a funeral.
It includes information on:
- social distancing
- how many people may attend
- who can attend
- associated events
- travel to and from a funeral
The guidance has been prepared to ensure:
- bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect
- funerals take place while minimising the risk of infection
How can funerals be as safe as possible?
- Travel to a funeral with people you live with. Don’t share cars with people you don’t live with.
- Some funeral directors may say they would wish for less than 30 mourners to attend.
- If someone vulnerable wants to attend a funeral (such as someone who is aged over 70 years, has heart disease, diabetes or lung disease), then you must be especially careful. Stay in a separate area away from other people. Think about arriving and leaving early, before the other people get there, to reduce the risk of catching or spreading disease.
- No more than six mourners should be present at the house of people who have lost someone at any one time – use the telephone, email, or video-call them instead.
- To keep vulnerable people safe, if you have travelled to the funeral from a long way, do not visit or stay overnight in households with elderly residents.
- Vulnerable people (the elderly or those with underlying conditions like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or cancer) should not be involved with washing a deceased person, or dressing a deceased person before they are buried.
- Think about recording or livestreaming a funeral to share with those who want to be there but are keeping everyone safe by staying away. Contact The Vale for details about this service.
- Clean your phone after you get home from the funeral.
The Vale Cemetery and Crematorium: what you need to know.
The Vale cemetery and crematorium office is open to the public and families may make arrangements to collect cremated remains.
We are also taking bookings for witness internment and scattering of cremated remains.
Social distancing guidelines are in place and must be adhered to.
All enquiries can be made by telephoning 01582 723700 or emailing the crematorium.
Can I visit the cemetery?
Support with funeral costs
Funeral charges at The Vale
- Additional charges for weekend and bank holiday funerals have been withdrawn with effect from 9 April 2020 - this is a reduction of £300 for a burial and £200 for a cremation.
- Where there is more than one coronavirus related death in a household within six weeks, the internment fee for the second burial or cremation will be waived. This is a reduction of £775 for a burial and £140 for a cremation.
Public Health funerals
Are there any changes to certifying and registering deaths?
- Losing someone can be hard at any time. If you need additional support, you can call:
- Cruse Bereavement Care on 0808 808 1677
- the local Cruse Helpline on 0300 200 4108
- Luton Psychology Support on 01582 548150
- Advice and support from the Church of England.
- Advice and support from the Muslim Council of Britain.
- Advice and support from the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
- Full government guidance about managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.