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Changes to the cemetery and crematorium during coronavirus

Face to face enquiries are available but these must be pre-booked.

You can get in touch and book a face to face enquiry by:

Please post any paperwork through our enquiries letterbox.

Funeral attendance

Both chapels are open for funeral services with no restrictions on capacity.

The Braccan chapel can accommodate up to 98 seated or 200 in total and the Wellington has 114 seated or 150 in total.

Anyone may attend a funeral service, although this remains at your own discretion if you have not yet received 2 vaccine doses.

Whilst it is no longer mandatory to wear a face covering you may do so if you wish.

We will continue to provide hand sanitiser on entry to both chapels. Please help yourself to this on entry.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you may still attend, provided it is for a close family member.

You should not attend the funeral of a friend or distant family member if you have or suspect you have COVID-19. Please speak to your funeral director about other participation options.

You can attend the funeral of a close family member even if:

  • you are self-isolating as a result of testing positive for COVID-19
  • you are exhibiting suspected COVID-19 symptoms
  • you reside in a household where someone else has COVID-19 symptoms

If you do attend, you must advise any other mourners and your funeral director that you are confirmed or suspected as being COVID-19 positive.

In addition, you must wear a surgical graded type IIR face covering at all times when present on site.

The requirement to notify your funeral director and all other mourners is particularly important if you will be attending at the same time as another mourner who may be extremely clinically vulnerable.

As an alternative, we would advise you to consider attending the funeral remotely using a webcast. If you wish to explore this option, please discuss it with your funeral director.

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, 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.

Test & Trace

We are a participant venue in the national effort to assist test and trace.

We have NHS test & trace venue posters dotted around our premises displaying the test & trace QR code which visitors can scan on the NHS COVID-19 app on their smartphones to record their attendance.

Travel

There are no specific social distancing requirements when travelling to and from the funeral gathering. However, If you are currently self-isolating as a result of testing positive for COVID-19 and are attending a close family member’s funeral you must travel separately to others when going to and from the funeral.

Please advise your funeral director of the vehicle you will be travelling in. We will arrange specific parking for you and request that you remain inside your vehicle upon arrival until advised otherwise.

Singing and live performing

Singing is permitted at all funeral services. If you wish to have musical performers present they are also permitted. Please speak to your Funeral Director about this in the first instance.

Webcasts

We still offer live service webcasts as an option for any family or friends who cannot attend the service. Please speak to your Funeral Director about this option.

If you self-isolating, please consider this option as a genuine alternative to attending a funeral service in person.

Access to our buildings, grounds and toilets

The waiting room, toilets, hall of remembrance, cemetery grounds and memorial gardens are all open to visitors. Hand sanitiser remains available at entry points should you wish to use it.

If you are or suspect you are COVID-19 positive please contact us or your funeral director so we may discuss specific toilet access with you.

Cremated remains

We are allowing the:

  • witnessed scattering of ashes (cremated remains)
  • interment of ashes within our grounds
  • collection of ashes in person 

This is by appointment only. Contact us to arrange this by:

Memorials

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

Contact us by:

Cleaning

All of our publicly accessible areas are cleaned on a daily basis.

Please be assured that our cleaning staff adhere to the latest safe guidance on cleaning non-clinical settings where COVID positive people may have been present.

Contact information

Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium

Phone: 01344 420314

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