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Burial and cremation


Burial and cremation

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 came into force in England on 5 November 2020.  

Among the exceptions listed in the Regulations that allow people to leave home are:

(a) to attend a funeral

(b) to attend a commemorative event celebrating the life of a person who has died such as a placement of cremation ashes

(c) to visit a burial ground or garden of remembrance, to pay respects to a member of your household, a family member or friend.

Attendance at a funeral service is extremely important.  Unfortunately during these difficult times it is not always possible due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Stoke on Trent City Council is constantly striving to ensure that mourners attending funerals at Carmountside Chapel do so in a Covid safe environment.  In addition to the measures taken in the chapel, the Live webcast service will be provided at a small cost, to encourage participation at home on mobile devices.   Attendance in person still poses a huge risk to everyone present at the Chapel especially those who are clinically vulnerable.  The easy to use live streaming service is available for upto 150 viewers per service enabling them to watch from the safety of their own home and giving the reassurance of their presence at the service.  28 day watch again facilities, DVD and Blue-Ray recordings are also available at an additional cost.

Since Saturday 8th August 2020 it has been mandatory to wear a face covering when attending a funeral service in the chapel at Carmountside Crematorium.  This is in accordance with “The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020”.

The Regulations state:

(1) No person may, without reasonable excuse, enter or remain within a relevant place without wearing a face covering.

(2) The requirement in paragraph (1) does not apply—

(a)to a child who is under the age of 11;

(b)to a person responsible for a relevant place or an employee of that person acting in the course of their employment;

(c)to any other person providing services in the relevant place under arrangements made with the person responsible for a relevant place;

(d)to an employee of an operator of a public transport service acting in the course of their employment;

(e)to a person who enters or is within a transport hub in a vehicle (other than a vehicle being used for the provision of a public transport service);

(f)to a constable or police community support officer acting in the course of their duty;

(g)to an emergency responder (other than a constable) acting in their capacity as an emergency responder;

(h)to a relevant official acting in the course of their employment or their duties.

Book of Remembrance room

The Book of Remembrance room is currently open between 8am-5pm (Winter) 8am-8pm (Summer).

Book of Remembrance entries can be viewed on the link below.

Book of remembrance