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Coronavirus update

In line with emergency legislation, our cemeteries are closed to the public, sculptors and contractors. Access is only allowed for funeral corteges.

Burial arrangements

We have introduced further measures for burial arrangements at our cemeteries:

  • We are advising funeral directors and families that only single burial plots can be bought.
  • In keeping with government guidelines, only immediate family should be present at the burial (limited to 10 people).
  • All those present must follow social distancing guidance  – you should not attend if you are symptomatic or self-isolating.
  • Mourners will be asked to stand five metres away from the grave. Cemetery staff will be wearing personal protective equipment protect themselves and others.
  • Commitals will be limited to 15 minutes.
  • Mourners are asked to leave the graveside immediately after the committal, and avoid any contact with each other.
  • If the family wishes to live stream the burial, they may do so provided the funeral director and faith representative is in agreement with this, and it does not cause a delay in the committal. 

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 also 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 suspended the processing of all memorial applications and are not authorising new memorials or additional inscriptions at this time. Work permits will not be issued, and it is not possible to sign in at cemetery offices.

Bereavement Services

Our Bereavement Services Office is closed to the public, but remains open by appointment for funeral directors only.

Our phone number is 028 9027 0296.

Contact our Bereavement Services Office if you have a query about our cemeteries. 

Office opening hours

Day  Time 
Monday and Friday  8.30am - 4pm 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  9am - 4pm 
Saturday  8.30am - 11.30am 

Holiday opening hours

Opening hours may vary during public holidays. 

About our cemeteries

Roselawn is currently the only cemetery with new burial plots available.

There are no new grave plots available in either Dundonald or Belfast City Cemetery, but burials can still take place in existing graves.

Cremations are conducted at City of Belfast Crematorium.

We also maintain five historical cemeteries.

Find out more about:

We do not look after or hold records for Milltown Cemetery.

Memorial safety inspection programme

We'll be completing a health and safety audit of headstones and memorials in City Cemetery, Dundonald Cemetery, Friar’s Bush Graveyard, Glenalina Cemetery, Knock Burial Ground and Knockbreda Cemetery. We will begin our inspections in August 2018 and will work through the cemetery grave section by grave section.

Read more about our memorial safety inspection programme.

For more information email memorialsafety@belfastcity.gov.uk

Visiting our cemeteries

Visit our cemeteries and discover their fascinating heritage, as well as the wealth of wildlife that resides amongst our headstones, memorials, hedgerows and mature trees.

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Contact us
Bereavement Services Office
028 9027 0296
Ground Floor
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP