We remain committed to reducing the spread of coronavirus we have introduced a number of measures to protect mourners and staff at our cemeteries and funeral services.

We know that some of these changes will be difficult, we are doing everything we can to protect the public and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Funeral services

We have introduced special measures to protect the public and staff when attending a funeral.

From 11th July 2020 the crematoria and annexed buildings has re-opened outside of funeral services.

  • To maintain social distancing, only 30 mourners may attend funeral services in our crematoria chapels and by the graveside. This includes any minister or musician.
  • Burial chapels remain closed at the present time.
  • Service books remain unavailable in our chapels.
  • Families are no longer able to backfill graves themselves

If you are arranging a funeral with a funeral director they will help you to plan the service based on these changes and answer any questions you might have.

These measures are subject to further revision as government guidance changes.

Offices closed to the public

Our offices are fully closed to the public. Cremated remains may be collected by strict appointment by funeral directors only. We are contactable on 0207 926 4221 or 0207 926 7999 or bereavementservices@lambeth.gov.uk.

This does include memorial areas and the chapel lawn at West Norwood. The Crematorium Book of Memories can be viewed online here: https://www.remembrance-books.com/Lambeth/

We regret that we continue to prioritise funeral enquiries and bookings at present. We kindly ask that if your query is non urgent please contact us at a later date.

Should you visit our sites?

The Health Protection Regulations 2020 state that you should only attend a cemetery or burial ground for the following reasons.

(a) for funerals or burials, (b) commemorative events celebrating the life of a person who has died, or (c) to allow a person to pay respects to a member of their household, a family member or friend.

Any mourner who is showing coronavirus symptoms should not attend the funeral due to the risk posed to others. Mourners should also follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral.

If you do attend our sites for any reason please observe social distancing and take any litter home with you.

All cemetery grounds are currently open to public during the normal advertised hours. 8am - 4pm on weekdays, 10am -4pm on weekends until 31st March.

Public Toilets When Attending a Funeral.

Please be aware that public toilets at Streatham Cemetery remain closed. There is a toilet on site at the entrance to Lambeth Cemetery and at each crematorium chapel.

Face Coverings at The Crematorium and Burial Grounds

Face coverings are required to be worn by law in our indoor chapels by all attending with the exception of those who cannot for medical reasons.