Crematorium and cemeteries - coronavirus updates

Last updated: 15 July 2021

Southampton Crematorium

As from Monday 19th July, Southampton Crematorium will be initiating the following:

  • Restrictions on numbers of attendees will be lifted.
  • We have received many compliments regarding the layout in the East Chapel, therefore we will be increasing the number of seats whilst endeavouring to keep the overall appearance the same, this will include the side tables offering anti-bacterial lotion and tissues.
  • Our East Chapel waiting area will re-open with access to the toilets and vending machine.
  • Our West Chapel will remain dedicated to our Direct and Baby Services and the
    West Waiting room available for the families attending the latter only.
  • Our Book of Remembrance rooms will re-open.
  • Reception will re-open, however screens will remain in place.
  • Singing and musical instruments will be allowed.
  • Hymn books will remain unavailable for the present time.
  • Restrictions on witnessing will be removed.
  • Webcasting will remain at the reduced cost of £30 to assist those who are still unable to
    attend or self-isolating.
  • Whilst masks will no longer be a legal requirement, we would encourage visitors to the crematorium to wear them inside the building if they wish. We will also still provide face masks those visitors who would like one.
  • Our staff will continue to wear face masks.
  • Hand sanitisers will remain at entrances for visitors use.

Other options

A Direct Cremation is a simple cremation that takes place without a service or any mourners in attendance at Southampton Crematorium. It is an affordable, dignified alternative to a full cremation service, and although a direct cremation is unattended, the ashes can be returned to the family, if desired, so they can say their goodbyes in their own way. Cemetery chapels will remain closed whilst essential maintenance and cleaning takes place. We will still offer the use of our East Chapel for burial services if required.

COVID-19 symptoms

You should follow the current government advice on staying at home for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. You may also refer to the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

I hope that you find the above information helpful and as always your cooperation is appreciated in keeping both visitors and staff safe.