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Organising a cremation

Coronavirus update

We have closed the chapel and facilities at Roselawn Crematorium to mourners.

Cremations will be carried out and a maximum of 30 mourners can now be present at a short outdoor committal at the front of the Crematorium Chapel, outside the main building.

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

Cremated remains can be collected by the Funeral Director. 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 ringing the Crematorium Office on 028 9044 8342. Cremated remains can only be collected by the person named on the applicant’s instructions to crematorium form.  Photographic ID is also required.

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 90 448342. 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 will not be required to sign anything.  Our crematorium staff will record the name and date within the register.

The burial or scattering of cremated remains has resumed across all sites. 

Roselawn Cemetery

Roselawn Cemetery is open to visitors on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday. Find out about opening hours.

Burial arrangements

As we continue to review our service delivery in response to COVID-19, we are introducing further measures in relation to burial arrangements at our cemeteries:

  • We are advising funeral directors and families that only single burial plots may be purchased at this time.
  • As per Government guidelines, only immediate family should be present at the burial (limited to 10 people).
  • All those present must follow social distancing guidelines  – 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 in order to 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.

Office opening hours

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

 Day  Times 
 Monday   8.30am - 4pm
 Tuesday to Thursday  9am - 4pm
 Friday  8.30am - 4pm
 Saturday  8.30am - 11.30am

The offices are closed on some public and bank holidays.

Cremations

Cremations are available at the following times:

 Day  Time
 Monday to Friday   8.30am - 5pm 
 Saturday  8.30am - 2pm
 There are no cremations on Sundays

Standard cremation services are currently arranged at 30 minute intervals.  This time provides for an actual service of approximately 20 minutes, allowing five minutes for the family to enter the Chapel before the service and five minutes to leave the Chapel after the service. 

At the time of booking, service times may be extended from 30 minutes to one hour, for which a supplementary fee is payable. 

Cremation application forms

The following forms may be required in the event of organising a cremation.

 Form  Information
Burial and Cremation information form
This form can be faxed to the Bereavement Services office in advance. The original should then be hand delivered with all other relevant cremation forms to the Bereavement Services office.
Form A - Application for Cremation  (PDF - 1.1MB) The application should be made by an executor or nearest relative of the deceased. 
Applicants instructions to Crematorium form (PDF - 179KB) This form must be signed by the person who completed Form A.
Form B, C and F - Certificate of Medical Attendant, Confirmatory Medical Certificate and Authority to Cremate (PDF - 1.7MB)

Please staple Form B, C and F together prior to submission.
To be completed along with the Pacemakers/Fixion form and must be accompanied by Form A.

Form B must be completed by a registered medical practitioner who has attended the deceased during their last illness, within 28 days before death, and seen and identified the body after death.
Form C must be completed by a registered medical practitioner of not less than five years standing who should be independent of the Form B doctor and not have been involved in the patients care.
Form F is signed by the Medical Referee on our behalf when they are satisfied that all forms have been completed correctly.
Pacemaker/Fixion form (PDF - 1.5MB)
Pacemaker/Fixion form must be signed by the medical practitioner who completed Form B.
Form H, I and F - Still born child (PDF - 1.7MB)

Please staple Form H, I and F together prior to submission.
Form H application should be made by a parent of the child.
Form I can be completed by either a medical practitioner or registered midwife who was present at stillbirth, or who examined the body of the child.
Form F is signed by the Medical Referee on our behalf when they are satisfied that all forms have been completed correctly.
You must also register a death or stillbirth.

All original forms must be fully completed and hand delivered to the Bereavement Services office. Email copies will not be accepted.

Medical practitioners should check that all questions have been answered and provide all contact details, including postcode, clearly on the forms. 

Hard copy forms can be obtained by emailing cemeteries@belfastcity.gov.uk, calling 028 9027 0296 or by contacting:

Bereavement Services,
Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building,
4-10 Linenhall Street,
Belfast
BT2 8PB

Timeframe of submission of forms

The latest timeframe for submission of cremation forms is as follows:

 Day of cremation    Forms to be delivered by 
 Monday  11am on the previous Saturday 
 Tuesday to Friday   12 noon on the day before
 Saturday  11am on Friday 
  • All forms should be delivered to the Bereavement Services Office.

If you have any queries regarding the forms please contact the Bereavement Services Office.

Policy Statement for Infant Cremation

We are committed to caring sensitively and respectfully for all of those entrusted to us. Our policies and processes for infant cremation are aligned to the latest guidance on infant cremation. Recommendations Lord Bonomy’s Infant Cremation Commission (June 2014 Scotland). 

In line with Lord Bonomy’s recommendations we consider cremated remains and ashes to be the same thing and we support the commission’s definition that ashes are “all that is left in the cremator at the end of the cremation process, and following the removal of any metal.”

Types of service

Non-denominational church

The City of Belfast Crematorium has its own non-denominational church, which means that the church is open to any faith. We can cater for:
  • Religious services - you can arrange for a minister to take the service.
    Sometimes, families choose to have a service in their own church before coming to the crematorium. In these cases, their minister will usually conduct a short committal service at the crematorium. You can also use the facility for a full service, which includes a sermon, prayers, a reading and one or two hymns.
  • Non-religious services - some families choose to organise their own service and deliver it themselves or through a family member or friend. This gives the speaker time to liaise with the family and gather information about the deceased.
  • Ethnic minority services - we cater for all beliefs, religions and cultures and can arrange cremations for those from the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Chinese communities.

Standard cremation services are currently arranged at 30 minute intervals. The allotted time of 30 minutes provides for an actual service of approximately 20 minutes, allowing five minutes for the family to enter the Chapel before the service and five minutes to leave the Chapel after the service.

Hire of the church

You can hire the funeral church to hold a memorial service, or to carry out a burial in Roselawn Cemetery. All services must be booked and a fee is payable.

Music and readings

You can bring your own music in CD format and we also provide an organ. The use of the organ must be booked and is free of charge.

Cremation fees

Burial and cremation fees include VAT where applicable and are valid from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2020.

You can check our fees page or download burial and cremation fees 2019-2020 (PDF - 149KB)

Telephone 028 9027 0296 for more information.


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