Assisted Funerals (Public Health Funerals)

    Important Notice – Funeral service mourner numbers

    As from 6 July 2020, it is possible for a maximum of 15 people to sit on each side of the chapel (30 in total) and observe the revised social distancing rules during a funeral service. Please follow the directions of your Funeral Director and the chapel attendant on the day.

    Please note that it will still be necessary to undertake cleaning in between services and your patience and understanding are requested.

    Please ensure that you maintain social distancing guidelines within the burial grounds and follow all site rules which include no dog fouling, dogs on leads no longer than 2 metres at all times and no ball games.

    Important Changes to our Services From 13 July 2020

    Following changes the Coronavirus Act 2020, we can continue lifting certain restrictions at the crematorium. We can only do this by giving full consideration to everyone’s safety, so please adhere to the guidance;

    1. Whilst the crematorium office remains open during normal working hours for telephone and email enquiries, as from Monday 13 July you can make an appointment to visit the office staff (conditions apply)
    2. The Book of Remembrance room will be open from Monday 13 July 2020 (conditions apply)
    3. Please make appointments to attend the interment or scattering of loved ones (conditions apply)
    4. To support the NHS Track and Trace scheme ALL visitors will be asked to supply their names and contact details for this reason only.

    Your funeral director will be able to advise you or you can contact our office. To make appointments and for all other enquiries please call 01785 242594 during normal office hours or email bereavementservices@staffordbc.gov.uk


    If you are on a low income and in receipt of benefit you may be able to get financial help to pay for the funeral of a close relative.

    For more information please see the Gov.uk website.

    For general advice on making arrangements after a death please see the Directgov website.

    Under the provisions of Section 46 of The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 Stafford Borough Council has a duty to arrange a simple funeral when residents die leaving no next of kin.

    We will arrange for a simple cremation, costs for the funeral and administration costs are then reclaimed from the estate of the deceased.

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