Canley Garden cemetery and crematorium grounds are open as per the winter opening times 8.30am – 5pm (Monday-Sunday inc.) During the current lockdown, the reception facilities will remain closed until further notice for all except essential services strictly viaappointment only. For general information requests please email: [email protected] all requests will be reviewed and dealt with depending on a priority assessment.
Please carefully observe social distancing.
We know this will be difficult for some, but it’s vital we help limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
We thank people for their patience and understanding.
The Book Room
All visitors are requested to wear face coverings/masks and disposable gloves on entry, hand sanitiser will be made available. 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 is to 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 attend burials and cremations.
Cremation or memorial service in either of the chapels:
A maximum of 30 mourners to attend and be seated in the chapels for both cremation and burial services (chairs are placed adhering to 1 metre social distancing guidance). It is not permitted for additional mourners to stand outside of the chapel doors during the service, any individuals not entering the chapel are required to clear the area.
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. Unfortunately, it is not permitted for families to witness the charging of the coffin into the cremator due to the current COVID-19 restrictions 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.
All individuals attending services in an enclosed environment are advised to wear a face mask/covering for the duration of the service. From 8 Augustall 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 6. However, an appropriate area in the wider cemetery is made available for up to 24 additional mourners to socially distance.
Scattering and burial of ashes - The scattering or burial of ashes is now limited to a maximum number of 6 attendees due to the current lockdown in place (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. 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.