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Crematorium and cemeteries

Last reviewed on 19 July

Funeral restrictions

On 19th July, England moved to the final stage of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions including relaxed controls around funerals.

Capacity at funerals at St Helens Crematorium has been raised to 80 people.

Please do not attend any funeral service if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been contact traced or asked to self-isolate.

When attending funerals face masks will be encouraged for the duration of services, but not required.

Hand sanitiser will be provided for mourners to use at the entrance and exit.

We will continue to sanitise and clean the venue and all hard surfaces between funerals.

The bereavement service respects all personal preferences towards social distancing, and so half of the seating made available for mourners will be socially distanced. During the service, mourners will be encouraged to remain seated.

Mourners and attendees should continue to scan the QR code on entry to the Crematorium, and complete track and trace forms as necessary.

Mourners and family are asked to socially distance around the graveside during burial services, and keep two metres distance from the cemetery staff, who will continue to wear PPE.

Burial and cremation services, as well as registrar facilities, remain a key service provided by the local authority and St Helens Borough Council continues to offer as much support as possible to those who have lost their loved ones.

Please note that our offices remain closed and any enquiries should be made by phone or email.

Phone: 01744 677101 / 677405 / 677406 / 677407

Email: sthelenscrematorium@sthelens.gov.uk

Burial of ashes

If you wish to have ashes buried in St Helens or Newton-le-Willows cemeteries, please contact your funeral director.

Crematorium webcasting

Family and friends of the deceased are still able to join funeral services together online, with St Helens Borough Council's webcasting service for cremation ceremonies.

All that is needed is an internet connection and a device that can display video, and the email invite to access the webcast. The webcasting service is being conducted via Microsoft Teams, so anyone wishing to use the service must have access to the free version of the app.

We've launched an online book of condolence for residents to upload photos, poems and memories of loved ones lost during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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