Canley Garden cemetery and crematorium grounds are open 8.30am – 9pm (Monday-Sunday inc.) During the current lockdown, the reception facilities will continue to have limited access until further notice. For general information requests please email: [email protected] all requests will be reviewed and dealt with depending on a priority assessment. Social distancing, hand sanitising and the requirements to wear a mask/ face covering (unless exempt) will remain in place until further notice.
The Book Room
All visitors are requested to wear face coverings/masks (unless exempt) and use hand sanitiser upon entry and exit. We respectfully request visitors refrain from touching the book cabinet or any other hard surfaces whilst visiting (cut flowers are permitted to be placed in the displays provided). The door must remain open at all times for ventilation purposes
Revised arrangements for burials and cremations
In light of the current situation around COVID-19 and Government advice on social distancing, Coventry City Council has restrictions on the number of people allowed to cremation services held inside the chapel.
Cremation or memorial service in either of the chapels:
A maximum of 35 mourners to attend and be seated in the chapels for both cremation and burial services (chairs are placed adhering to one metre social distancing guidance).
From Monday 17 May an unlimited number of people may stand outside of the crematorium chapel and listen to the service via the speaker system available (social distancing must be adhered to at all times).
There is no age restriction for children attending, however, they must be of an age permitting them to be seated on their own chair for the duration of the service.
No singing or chanting is permitted in the chapel during the service.
Family may carry or wheel the coffin into the chapel as long as your Funeral Director submits the mandatory risk assessment required.
From Monday 17 May, two family members will be permitted to witness the charging of the coffin into the cremator, however, participants must adhere to the COVID-19 risk assessment in place.
The applicant of the cremation will be required to supply to the Funeral Director a list of mourners attending the service detailing names and telephone numbers for the purposes of the NHS Test & Trace Service until further notice.
All individuals attending services in an enclosed environment are advised to wear a face mask/covering (unless exempt) for the duration of the service. All mourners are required by law to wear face coverings when in the chapel for a service.
Graveside service / interment – Number directly around the grave remains limited to six. However, there are no longer any restrictions for mourners located within the cemetery (social distancing must still be adhered to).
Scattering and burial of ashes - The scattering or burial of ashes is now limited to a maximum number of 30 attendees (this does not include the minister, Funeral Director or cemetery staff). Please be mindful all those attending a service must continue to practice social distancing and will be required to wear a mask/face covering (unless exempt). The crematorium attendant is the only person permitted to use the strewing urn during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
We apologise for any distress this may cause at what we know is a difficult time for family members, however, the decision has been taken in line with the latest Government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect family members, clergy, funeral directors and Council staff.
Family members are allowed to ‘live stream’ the service via tablets or mobile phones.
Families will be able to coordinate live streaming of chapel services through the Obitus system via their Funeral Director. This service will be free of charge during the current COVID-19 pandemic. (Please be advised as and when Government guidance removes a limit on the number of mourners able to attend services inside the chapel fees for live streaming will apply – ask you Funeral Director for more information).