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Cemeteries

When arranging a burial in St Helens you will need to contact a Funeral Director.

They will make the process as easy as possible for you and will liaise directly with the Bereavement Services team.

If the burial is taking place at St Helens Cemetery it may be possible to hold the service in the Crematorium Chapel.

If you do not already have a pre-purchased grave then the Bereavement Services team will assist in a suitable new plot being made available.

In some situations a self-arranged funeral may take place and further guidance is available from the Bereavement Services team.

There is a Friends of St Helens Cemetery group that arranges events and provides services in St Helens Cemetery. You can find more information about the Friends of St Helens Cemetery group by visiting their website.

If you or your family already have a purchased plot, you can change/amend the ownership. Below are some examples of how you can claim grave ownership.

The grave can be signed over to a new owner. The Crematorium Office will supply you with an assignment form that requires the signatures of the current owner and the new owner. This service will cost £38.

The grave can be put into joint ownership. The Crematorium Office will supply you with a form that requires the signatures of the current owner and the new joint owner(s). You can apply for up to 3 additional owners. This service will cost £11.

If the owner is deceased and has left a will that has not gone to probate

The grave ownership will go automatically to the executors of the will, regardless of if the grave was left to a named person in the will. If the executors would like to take on ownership then they would have to come to the Crematorium Office with a copy of the will and fill in a Statutory Declaration form. This service will cost £38.

If the executors don't want the grave, or only one executor would like to take ownership, they would have to fill in a form of renunciation and a Statutory Declaration form. This service will cost £38.

If the owner is deceased and has left a will that has gone to probate

The grave ownership will go automatically to the person(s) named in the probate. We need to see the probate and take a copy of it for the grave to be signed over. This service will cost £38.

If the person(s) named in the probate don't want the grave, or only one person named would like to take ownership, they would have to fill in a form of renunciation and a Statutory Declaration form. This service will cost £38.

If the owner is deceased and has not left a will

The ownership of the grave will travel down the bloodline. This first goes to husband, wife or civil partner, then children, grandchildren etc. If the deceased was not married or had no children it will pass to their parents, siblings and then onto nieces/nephews.

If there is more than one child, sibling or niece/nephew they would have to renounce their rights to the person who would like to take on the grave ownership, a form of renunciation and a Statutory Declaration form would need the be completed to complete the transfer of ownership. This service will cost £38.

What happens to the grave deeds?

If you have the grave deeds, bring them in when all the renunciation and Statutory Declaration forms are completed and we will amend them to reflect the change of ownership. We do not isse new or copy deeds.

What if I don't have the grave deeds?

Having the grave deeds to hand is not always essential. If you don't know where they are you can still:

  • Bury the grave owner, or bury anyone (if you're the owner), there is a £38 fee for non-production of deed
  • Change ownership of the grave
  • Add the grave owners name to a memorial, add any name to a memorial (if you're the owner)

Read our Grave Ownership leaflet for more information.

What is an exhumation?

'Exhumation' means to remove human remains from the ground, either a body or cremated remains.

You can exhume a body for a number of reasons:

  • Moving from one grave site to another
  • Sending for cremation
  • Deepen an existing grave for further burials

You can download the Exhumation Licence application form if the ground of the grave are non-consecrated.

If the grounds are consecrated a petition to exhume the remains will need to be completed and this can be applied for from the Diocese of Merseyside.

However in both cases, for more information about exhuming a body at St Helens or Newton-le-Willows Cemetery please contact the Bereavement Services team for guidance.

The fees and charges that the Council makes for the various burial, cremation and memorial services are listed in tables. There is a selection of fees listed below. Please see our full list of fees and charges.

The fees are reviewed annually and run from 1 April to 31 March each year. The prices listed below are for period 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018.

Exclusive Right of Burial

Item Resident Fee Fee
1 or 2 interments £784 £1306
3 interments £970 £1732
Cremation plot £645 £1173

 Re-Open Grave Space

Item Resident Fee Fee
Over 16 years £660 £967
Over 12 months to 16 years No charge £269
Child not exceeding 12 months No charge £165
Body Parts/Organs (Over 16 years) £46 £94
Body Parts/Organs (Under 16 years) No charge £75

Interment of Cremated Remains in Cremation Plot or Grave Declared Closed

Item Resident Fee Fee
Over 16 years £214 £311
Under 16 years No charge £119

 Cremation Fees

Item Resident Fee Fee
Over 16 years £605 £605
Over 12 months to 16 years No charge £275
Child not exceeding 12 months No charge £94
Non Viable Foetus No charge No charge
Body Parts/Organs (Over 16 years) £46 £93
Body Parts/Organs (Under 16 years) No charge £75

Cemetery and Crematorium Office

The Cemetery and Crematorium Office is open for the registration of funerals and for dealing with all other matters in connection with the Council’s Burial and Cremation Services, at the following times:

Day Open Closed
Monday - Friday 8.45am 4.30
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED CLOSED
Bank holidays CLOSED CLOSED

St Helens and Newton-le-Willows Cemeteries

The cemeteries will be open to the public on each day of the year for vehicular access as follows:

Period Monday - Sunday (including Bank Holidays)
November - February 9am - 4pm
March - April 9am - 5pm
May - August 9am - 7pm
September - October 9am - 5pm

Chapel of Remembrance

The Chapel of Remembrance at St Helens Crematorium and Newton-le-Willows Cemetery to view the Books of Remembrance will be open to the public as follows:

Chapel of Remembrance - St Helens

Period, Sunday and Bank Holidays Monday - Friday Saturday
November - February 9am - 4pm 10am - 4pm
March - April 9am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
May - August 9am - 7pm 10am - 7pm
September - October 9am - 5pm 10am - 5pm

 

Chapel of Remembrance - Newton-le-Willows

Period Monday - Friday Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Year Round 9am - 4pm 10am - 4pm

 

St Helens Memorial Garden

The Memorial Garden at St Helens Cemetery will be open to the public as follows:

Period Monday - Friday Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
November - February 9am - 4pm 10am - 4pm
March - April 9am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
May - August 9am - 7pm 10am - 7pm
September - October 9am - 5pm 10am - 5pm

St Helens Council manages both St Helens and Newton-le-Willows Cemeteries. At both spaces there are full burial and cremation graves available to purchase. Pre-purchase of graves can be made.

At St Helens Cemetery there is also a Garden of Remembrance, Memorial Garden and two options of above ground vaults for cremated remains. At Newton-le-Willows Cemetery there is a Garden of Remembrance for scattering cremated remains.

Find out more about St Helens Crematorium

Purchasing a Full Burial Grave

To purchase a grave space please visit the Crematorium Office. Here we will show you a map where the new gravesites are. The current sections available are:

  • Section 77 - for 3 full interments
  • Section 86, 87, 88 - for 1 or 2 full interments
  • Section 89 - for 2 or 3 full interments (this section requires all graves to have full length kerbs)

After selecting which section and grave number you would like to purchase you will have to fill in an application form for the Exclusive Rights of Burial. You can have up to four grave owners for one grave.

Purchasing a Cremation Grave

To purchase a grave space please visit the Crematorium Office. Here we will show you a map where the new grave sites are. The current sections available are:

After selecting which section and grave number you would like to purchase you will have to fill in an application form for the Exclusive Rights of Burial. You can have up to four grave owners for one grave.

You can pay for your grave by cash or card at the Crematorium Office or by telephone payment over the phone.