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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 - including the toilets (alternative toilets are available – please follow the directional signage on site or ask your funeral director for help)
  • the Hall of Remembrance

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. There are limits to the number of people who can attend a service.

Anyone may attend a funeral service. 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.

If you are self-isolating

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.

Attendance and social distancing

Please use the available hand sanitiser on entry to the chapels.

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 no more than 3 people per row.

As our waiting area is closed, in colder weather please remain inside your own vehicles until the funeral director instructs you to approach the chapel.

If you are self-isolating and are attending a close family member’s funeral you must make your funeral director aware of this in advance of the funeral.

This is so that you can be seated separately from other mourners.

If you are self-isolating and are attending a close family member’s funeral you must make your funeral director aware of this in advance of the funeral. This is so that you can be seated separately from other mourners.

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.

If you are self-isolating 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.

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.

Face coverings

Face coverings are compulsory at all funerals.

There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear face coverings.

A list of when you do not need to wear a face covering can be found on GOV.UK.

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.

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

Access to our grounds

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

The hall of remembrance is closed until further notice.

The waiting room and associated toilets are closed. Alternative toilets are available – please follow the directional signage on site or ask your funeral director for assistance. Should there be a need to access a disabled toilet we ask you to call 01344 420314 so we that we can help you.

Please wear a face covering. Hand sanitiser is available on entry. 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) and the interment of ashes within our grounds by appointment only. We are allowing up to 6 people to attend such bookings.

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.

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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