Burial and cremation

Scattering of ashes

Crematorium gets silver standard

Southend crematorium has been awarded a silver certificate and Sutton Road Cemetery has been awarded the bronze after completing the bereavement assessment as part of the Charter for the Bereaved.

The charter sets a high level of industry standard and reassures members of the public that those cemeteries and crematoriums with a certificate are meeting national requirements within bereavement.

“We are in the process of improving our crematorium and its pleasing to know we have this silver certificate - the team should be proud of their efforts. We'll keep working towards the gold standard, which is the highest standard and will continue to support bereaved families as they struggle through the loss of their loved one.”

At Southend Crematorium ashes can be interred in the Garden of Remembrance or strewn in the Scatter Lawn both of which are available by appointment only, please contact Bereavement Service for more information.

The law on scattering ashes in the UK is fairly relaxed. You can scatter ashes over land or water but you first need to get permission from the land owner.

Some popular examples include:

  • football grounds
  • Southend Pier
  • National Parks
  • Woodland Trusts
  • RSPB Reserves

We do not allow for ashes to be scattered or interred in our formal parks and open spaces with the exception of the Scatter Lawn at Southend Crematorium by appointment only.

If you choose to scatter in a river or the sea, you should consult the Environment Agencys guide funeral practices, spreading ashes and caring for the environment.

You should follow their guidance as their jurisdiction is 5 miles from the coast.

Contact us on 01702 215015 for more information if you want to inter ashes in the cemetery or crematorium grounds.


Contact the Visitor Information Centre for further information if you want to scatter ashes from the end of the pier.

Telephone: 01702 212534

Email at vic@southend.gov.uk

Contact Bereavement services

Telephone: 01702 215015/603908

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