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COVID-19 (coronavirus) cemeteries update

  • Opening hours

    Opening hours in our cemeteries may vary during COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

     Cemetery Opening times 
    Dundonald  Monday: 8am - 6pm
    Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
    Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
    Thursday: 8am - 8pm
    Friday: 8am - 6pm
    Saturday: 10am - 6pm
    Sunday: 10am - 6pm
    Knockbreda  Monday: 8am - 6pm
    Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
    Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
    Thursday: 8am - 8pm
    Friday: 8am - 6pm
    Saturday: 10am - 6pm
    Sunday: 10am - 6pm
    Roselawn 

    Monday: 8am - 6pm
    Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
    Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
    Thursday: 8am - 8pm
    Friday: 8am - 6pm
    Saturday: 10am - 6pm
    Sunday: 10am - 6pm

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

    City Cemetery 

    Monday: 8am - 6pm
    Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
    Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
    Thursday: 8am - 8pm
    Friday: 8am - 6pm
    Saturday: 10am - 6pm
    Sunday: 10am - 6pm

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

  • Burial arrangements

    • From Monday 10 August we are no longer setting a maximum number of mourners that can gather at the graveside.
    • Our cemetery offices will remain 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.
    • Commitals 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 chapel and facilities at City of Belfast Crematorium remain closed.

    From Monday 10 August we are no longer setting a maximum number of mourners that can gather at the graveside or outside the crematorium.

    Strict traffic control measures will be in place at Roselawn to prevent funerals converging and to maintain traffic and pedestrian separation. We will 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. Collection times are currently limited to Saturdays, from 3pm - 4pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm - 6pm. 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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