Stone Cemetery

    Important Notice – Funeral service mourner numbers

    Further to recent Government guidelines, the following changes have been made to the arrangements for funeral services within the chapel at Stafford Crematorium:

    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.

    Unfortunately, the Crematorium buildings remain closed because of the directions under the Coronavirus Act 2020. This includes the Book of Remembrance room and administration office.

    Funeral services will continue but a number of changes to the services that we provide have been implemented.

    It is now possible to make appointments to attend the interment or scattering of loved ones again. However, social distancing must be observed and a maximum of five people can attend. If your group exceeds five people, you are respectfully advised to delay your appointment until the current government restrictions are lifted.

    Please telephone our office to make an appointment.

    Stone Cemetery is one of three sites operated by Stafford Borough Council. Tixall Road Crematorium being the main site and Stone Cemetery and Eccleshall Road Cemetery are the two ‘sister’ sites. 

    Stone is unique within the council’s three cemeteries in that it has a woodland site in which burials take place. After each interment a tree is planted; native species, such as oak and lime, are preferred as they are well suited to the soil and climatic conditions at Stone cemetery. 

    Many families desire to bring their loved ones back to Stone after cremation in Tixall Road Crematorium or elsewhere in the country and the demand for cremated remains graves continue to grow at Stone.

    All the Stafford Borough Council cemeteries are supported by The Friends of Stafford Cemeteries. If you would like more information about the work of the Friends group, you can follow them on their Facebook page or you can contact Bereavement Services.

    Sanctum - Above Ground Vault

    Sanctums (above ground level) are now available at Stone.

    The Sanctum is designed to accommodate two sets of Cremated Remains. It consists of an above ground vault with a polished granite plaque and a flower vase provided; the plaque can be inscribed with up to eleven lines of inscription.

    The first four lines of inscription are included in the initial cost; the plaque may also accommodate an engraved motif or photo plaque. The container/s are placed within the vault and the inscribed plaque securely fixed to the front of the chamber.

    Woodland Burials

    Stone cemetery is currently the only Borough Council-owned site where the option of a woodland burial is available. It has now become an increasingly popular choice and a valued option for local people. 

    trees marking grave sites
    Trees marking grave sites

    stunning views from the woodland area
    Stunning views from the woodland area

    A Brief History

    Stone Cemetery opened in 1903 and is a traditional cemetery. The first interment was in October of the same year. 

    Since opening, both the Urban and Parish Councils played their part in supplying grave spaces for the residents in Stone. This responsibility changed in 1971 when the whole site came under the responsibility of Stafford Borough Council. The cemetery has been in constant use and is currently still open for the sale of new graves both full earthen, and cremated remains.

    We are very interested in the views of Stone residents regarding Stone Cemetery. We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete this short survey.

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