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COVID-19 Update: Current Guidance for Attendance at Funerals

Following guidance from the ICCM and the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities we have been advised that only immediate families should attend funerals at this time.

This includes:

  • Spouse/Partner;
  • Parents/carers;
  • Brothers/Sisters and
  • Children (and their partners)

We are now advising that a maximum of 30 people should attend burials and cremations at this time.

In the crematorium chapels: a maximum of 20 people are allowed inside and 10 people may attend outside, other mourners should not gather in the entrance or exit areas.

Mourners must wear a face covering inside and outside of the crematorium chapel.  Mourners must socially-distance and there is space within the chapel for separate groups of mourners to sit 2m apart.

National expectations for social distancing should be observed at all times.

Mourners should wait outside or in their cars until the funeral is ready to start.

Cremation times will be 30mins long, 20mins in chapel.

Please fully adhere to your cremation time and be patient while the chapel and hand-washing facility is sanitised.

Please also be aware that asymptomatic mourners in self-isolation are allowed to attend funerals and, for example, care should be taken if you are a ‘shielded’ mourners who also want to attend the same service.

Other mourners should not gather in the entrance or exit areas.

In regard to burials, please move away from the graveside following the funeral service.

Burial time allocation is 20 minutes and time is needed for staff to safely back fill the grave and move on to further burials.

Contact details of the ‘applicant for cremation’ will be available to the NHS Track and Trace service.  If you do not wish for your details to be shared, please inform your funeral director.

There is a full guidance documents available to download here. 

We are working to get services back to normal in line with this roadmap.

Our cemeteries and crematoriums

For many of us, a funeral provides a focal point during the first days of grieving the loss of a loved one. As times passes, having somewhere to go and remember them can be an important consideration too.

Making the right choices can be a daunting task at what is already a difficult time. At Sefton Council we make various options available for the funeral service and final resting place, so that families may choose what is best suited to them.

Find out more about our cemeteries and crematoriums below:

New graves can be accommodated at Bootle Cemetery, Duke Street Cemetery, Liverpool Road Cemetery (Birkdale) and Thornton Garden of Rest.

Graves that are purchased for full burials can be specified for up to 4 interments and also be used for the interment of up to 6 cremated remains.

Smaller grave plots, which can be purchased for burial of cremated remains only, are available at Thornton Garden of Rest and Liverpool Road Cemeteries.

Prices are correct until 31 March 2021. 

Privacy Notice

Please take time to read the Burials and Cremations privacy notice. This will explain what information we hold about you, why we hold it and when we will contact you.

Burials and cremations privacy notice (pdf 480KB)

Paying your respects

Plants and ornaments

If you'd like to place ornaments or small plants on a grave, a soil border may be cut immediately in front of the headstone. This border should be no wider than the headstone and protrude no more than 18” from the front edge of the memorial base. The soil border should be edged with artificial stone, natural stone or wood. This will protect any items placed within it from grass-cutting machinery. Note that plastic or wire edging is not suitable as this is likely to be damaged by machinery.

Any flowers, bulbs or small plants you wish to plant, or any personal items you wish to place on the grave should be within the soil border area. All plants and items placed outside of the soil border will be removed by the Council.

Grounds maintenance

Grass on graves is mown fortnightly during the summer. Clippings are not collected and, during wet warm weather, grass clippings may be left headstone and kerbs.

Any soil border area would need to be maintained by the grave owner.


Last Updated on Friday, April 30, 2021

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