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Changes to the cemetery and crematorium during coronavirus

Services that are not available

The following services are currently not available:

  • our general enquiries office for face-to-face enquiries
  • the public waiting room for both chapels (with the exception of the toilets)

How to get in touch

You can still get in touch with us by:

Please post any paperwork through our enquiries letterbox.

Funeral attendance

The chapels are open for funeral services. Limits to the number of people who can attend a service are below.

Please do not attend a funeral service if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

You may attend a funeral if you are not displaying COVID-19 symptoms yourself.

If you are self-isolating

You can attend a funeral even if you are self-isolating in a household where someone else has COVID-19 symptoms, as long as you do not have symptoms.

If you do attend, you must advise any other mourners that you are self-isolating at home.

You must also make sure that you do not attend at the same time as another mourner who may be extremely clinically vulnerable.

If you are extremely clinically vulnerable

If you are extremely clinically vulnerable you will have been advised to minimise all contact with other people. However, you do have the choice to attend a funeral if you wish.

If you are extremely clinically vulnerable and you decide to attend a funeral please let the funeral director know as soon as possible. This is so that they and the staff on site can try to help you maintain social distancing as much as possible.

If there are others attending the funeral who are self-isolating due to another member of their household having symptoms of COVID-19, the advice from Public Health England is not to attend the funeral. This is because of the risk to you as an extremely clinically vulnerable person.

Attendance and social distancing

We ask that attendance be limited to:

  • members of the deceased person’s household
  • close family members
  • close friends
  • no more than 20 people in total

Every other row of seats or pews is closed off. We recommend 2 people per row as this allows a 2m distance. We would allow 3 people per row which allows for 1m+ social distance.

Please aim to maintain a distance of 2m between yourself and other mourners at all times unless you are from the same household.

Mourners should also follow government advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral gathering.

In line with current government guidance regarding social distancing, mourners should avoid any direct face-to-face or physical contact (such as hugging one another) unless they are part of the same household.

Webcasts

You may want to consider a webcast as an alternative option, so that family members that cannot attend can view the service. Please speak to your Funeral Director about this option.

Please note that a webcast of every service may not be possible due to the demand on our suppliers.

Access to our grounds

The cemetery grounds and memorial gardens are open to visitors. If you need to talk to our grounds staff, please keep a 2 metre distance.

The hall of remembrance is open. Please apply hand sanitiser on entry and exit. Please respect the maximum occupancy of no more than 6 people inside at any one time.

The site toilets are open. Hand sanitiser is available on entry.

Cremated remains

We are allowing the witnessed scattering of ashes (cremated remains) within our grounds by appointment only. Contact us to arrange this:

Memorials

Our office staff are able to deal with all memorial related queries, whether they are new or existing memorials.

Contact us by:

Cleaning the chapels

Services are 30 minutes in duration (rather than 45 minutes) so that we can disinfect the chapels after every service.

Contact information

Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium

Phone: 01344 420314

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