Visiting a cemetery

The Government have updated the guidance for managing a funeral service during the coronavirus pandemic. You should read this government guidance if you are organising or attending a funeral, burial or interment service.

What does this mean for me?

We can allow an absolute maximum number of up to 30 close friends or family to attend a funeral or burial at our venues. This includes:

  • Bierton Crematorium
  • Chilterns Crematorium
  • Great Missenden Cemetery
  • High Wycombe Cemetery
  • Holtspur Cemetery, Broad Lane, Beaconsfield
  • Parkside Cemetery, Windsor Road, Hedgerley
  • Shepherds Lane Cemetery, Shepherds Lane, Beaconsfield
  • Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens

We kindly ask that you do not have more than 30 mourners in attendance so that we can safely manage the venue for you, visitors, staff and contractors and comply with government requirements.

Unfortunately we cannot currently permit singing, chanting requiring raised voices or the playing of instruments that are blown into as these activities pose an additional risk of infection, even if social distancing is being observed or face coverings are worn.

All those attending must follow the government guidance on staying alert and safe.

Mourners who are self-isolating due to a possible case of COVID-19 in their household are now able to attend a funeral as are those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) but both must follow the latest government guidance on how to do this safely and should avoid attending the same service.

If you are clinically vulnerable and wish to attend a funeral or burial service please make your funeral director aware of this so that we can assist with your requirements.

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in your normal sense of taste or smell) you must not attend a funeral or burial service because of the risk to others. We offer remote participation at both the Bierton and Chilterns Crematoria for those who are unable to attend by arrangement with your funeral director.

Track and Trace

We keep records of those who arrange a funeral or burial service at our cemeteries and crematoria and will provide this information to the NHS test and Trace service if requested to do so. If your information is passed to the Track and Trace service then you will probably be asked to provide the details of attendees at the funeral or burial service in order to assist with contact tracing. You should keep a list of the people who attend to help with this process.