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COVID-19 (coronavirus) cemeteries update

  • Opening hours

     Cemetery Opening times 
    Dundonald 

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8am - 6pm

    Tuesday and Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Sunday: 10am - 6pm

    Knockbreda 

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8am - 6pm

    Tuesday and Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Sunday: 10am - 6pm

    Roselawn 

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8am - 6pm

    Tuesday and Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Sunday: 10am - 6pm

    Gates will be opened and closed at those times – a cemetery attendant will be on site

    City Cemetery 

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8am - 6pm

    Tuesday and Thursday: 8am - 8pm

    Sunday: 10am - 6pm

    Gates will be opened and closed at those times – a cemetery attendant will be on site

  • Burial arrangements

    Updated on Tuesday 6 July 2021

    Burials are taking place but there are restrictions in place. Since Tuesday 6 July 2021, it is possible to hold a short committal service for 28 mourners in the Crematorium Chapel.

    • Our cemetery offices are closed but our cemetery toilets will be open to the public.
    • Everyone present must follow social distancing guidance. You should not attend if you are symptomatic or self-isolating.
    • We will ask mourners to stand five metres away from the grave. Cemetery staff will be wearing personal protective equipment.
    • Committals will be limited to 15 minutes.
    • To keep everyone safe we ask mourners to leave the graveside immediately after the committal, and avoid any contact with each other.
    • If the family wants to live stream the burial, they can do this if the funeral director and faith representative agree and it does not cause a delay in the committal. 
    • We have resumed the burial or scattering of cremated remains across all sites.
    • We recognise this is a distressing time for anyone who has lost a loved one. These measures are being put in place to protect staff who are carrying out this critical service, and to protect members of the public.
    • We would like to express our sincere sympathy to all those who are bereaved in these very difficult circumstances.
  • Work on memorials

    We have resumed the processing of applications for new memorials and additional inscriptions.

    You can only complete an application electronically and site visits will be by appointment only. Please email cemeteries@belfastcity.gov.uk or call the Cemeteries Office on 028 9027 0296.

  • Bereavement Services

    Our Bereavement Services Office is closed to the public, including funeral directors. Please call 028 9027 0296 for more information.

  • City of Belfast Crematorium

    The number of people allowed to attend burial and cremation committal services is based on risk assessment. Since Tuesday 6 July 2021, it is possible to hold a short committal service for 28 mourners in the Crematorium Chapel.

    Strict traffic control measures will be in place at Roselawn to prevent funerals converging and to maintain traffic and pedestrian separation. We also have stencilling and signage in place to remind visitors and mourners that they should maintain social distancing. 

    We are working with funeral directors, undertakers and faith groups to make sure that bereaved families are aware of these new measures and are given support at this difficult time. We understand that families may want to make alternative arrangements to hold a service or ceremony elsewhere.

    We would like to express our sincere sympathy to all those who are bereaved in these very difficult circumstances.

  • Arrangements for collecting cremated remains from Roselawn Cemetery

    The Funeral Director can collect cremated remains. Or, families may collect remains by appointment. Families will need to make an appointment by calling the Crematorium Office on 028 9044 8342. Only the person named on the applicant’s instructions to crematorium form can collect cremated remains. They will need to provide photographic ID.

    Please call 028 9044 8342 to arrange an appointment.

    When you come to collect:

    • please go to the external entrance door at the Floral Hall and call 028 9044 8342. A member of staff will bring the cremated remains to you.
    • stay by the entrance door and maintain social distancing of two metres while the door is open.  ID can be viewed through the glass.
    • you won't need to sign anything.  Our crematorium staff will record the name and date within the register.

    We have resumed the burial or scattering of cremated remains across all sites.

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