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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?

The Vale is now open so you can visit the grave of a loved one. To stay safe when visiting the cemetery, you must still follow social distancing.

Support with funeral costs

Financial support is available to help families on certain benefits to meet the costs of funeral expenses such as coffins and funeral directors. In response to the coronavirus outbreak the government has announced an increase of the financial support available from £700 to £1,000.
For more information on funeral payments and to apply, visit the UK Government's Get help with funeral costs webpage.

Funeral charges at The Vale

Funeral costs can vary considerably dependent on the wishes of the deceased and the relatives. Funeral directors have a range of options available for families to consider.
Charges at The Vale form only part of the costs of a funeral but are already among the lowest in the country. In recognition of the impact of Covid-19, the following additional changes have also been made.
  • 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.
Eligibility for the above reductions will be confirmed by information provided by the funeral director or the household.
Please note that normal plot charges will still have to apply.

Public Health funerals

Sadly there may be occasions following a death in the community when no next-of-kin can be found and there is no will. Here there is a requirement for the council to step in.
While these burials may take some time to organise while a search for next-of-kin takes place, they are designed to be dignified and appropriate.
Further information can be found on our Public Health funerals information page.

​​Are there any changes to certifying and registering deaths?

To register a death, you need to book a telephone appointment with the register office. To do so, please make a booking online and a registrar will call you at your appointment time to register.
Alternatively, contact our customer s​ervice centre on 0300 790 0341 and they will help to make the appointment for you.

Further information

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