Burial and Cremation

By law, deaths in the UK must be certified and registered and the body must be either buried or cremated. This can be arranged with or without the help of a funeral director.

Before arranging a funeral you should check the deceased's will or any other written instructions for special wishes. The executor legally do not have to follow the instructions left in the will and if there are no clear wishes the next of kin will make the decisions for the funeral.


The cost of burial may be much higher than the cost of cremation if a new grave is needed. There are also the additional costs of:

  • interment
  • a memorial
  • future maintenance of the grave site to be taken into consideration

The person making the application for the new grave will be named on the Deed and all relevant cemetery records and will be required to agree to the terms and conditions which will be explained prior to purchasing the Right of Burial.

If a grave has already been purchased the Deed, or other documentation that shows proof of ownership, must be produced. Only the owner may authorise a burial in the grave and make an application to place a memorial.


If you choose cremation, you will need medical certificates, which you will be charged for. But you do not need medical certificates if the death has been referred to a coroner.

If you use a funeral director, their services will include arranging for all the required paperwork to be completed and delivered to the crematorium office. But, if you are arranging the funeral yourself, the crematorium staff will advise on all the relevant forms.

Cemetery and Crematorium Fees

To view the fees schedule for cemeteries and crematorium please see our related downloads.

Page last updated: 26/10/2018