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What happens at a public health funeral?

If no one is prepared to arrange the funeral we will take responsibility for making the arrangements. This includes:

  • registration of the death
  • instructing a funeral director to collect the body
  • providing a coffin
  • transporting the deceased to the Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium by private ambulance

The cremation or burial will normally be held first thing in the morning and unless a service has been arranged the coffin will be laid in the Chapel for 10 minutes to allow anyone to attend and pay their respects. When a burial is arranged the coffin will be taken straight to the grave and again, a period of normally not less than 10 minutes is allowed for those wishing to pay their respects to do so.

Anyone with an interest may contact the crematorium for further information.

Burial or cremation

Unless there is evidence that the deceased would have wanted to be buried then we will make arrangements for a cremation. Burials or cremations will take place at Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium.

Whether a burial or cremation, time will be allowed for family and friends to pay their respects.

Religious services

In carrying out its legal duty the council does not provide for a service as part of the cremation or burial. If anyone wishes to arrange for a minister or officiant to take the service they will be able to do so at their own expense. All we ask is that they liaise with the staff at Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium who will give advice on how best to make the arrangements.

For a burial a service can be held by arrangement at the graveside. Anyone wanting to know more should contact the staff at Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium.

Cremated remains

The cremated remains of the deceased will normally be scattered in the Gardens of Remembrance unless other specific instructions are found amongst the deceased’s possessions or in a will. The remains will be held only at the crematorium awaiting scattering for a period of 3 months after the date of cremation.

Any costs associated with specific instructions must be met through the deceased's estate or by family members or friends.

Where the council has a request from a family member or anyone who can evidence a relationship then the ashes will be released into their care. Ashes must be collected from the crematorium. It is not possible to arrange for remains to be couriered without full payment in advance.