Find out about Lambeth and West Norwood crematoria, and arranging a cremation.

In the UK today there are around 633,000 registered deaths every year. Of these deaths, 71% are cremated. Most crematoria are operated by Local Authorities although a number are operated by private companies.

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1. Lambeth Crematoria

The cost of cremation at Lambeth and West Norwood Crematoria includes use of the Chapel facilities, medical referee's fees and the preparation and placement of the cremated remains in a container for transportation purposes.

Cremated remains can be:

  • scattered in the garden of remembrance or in another location with the landowners permission
  • buried in a churchyard or cemetery
  • or kept at your own home.

It is very important that you make it clear to your funeral director or crematorium staff what is to be done with the cremated remains.

If you have made no choice, the crematorium staff have the legal authority to dispose of the remains, however only after contacting the relatives.

2.  Arranging the cremation yourself

A cremation can be arranged without the need of a funeral director. If you wish to arrange the cremation yourself please contact the Bereavement Services Manager for assistance:

Cemeteries, Crematoria and Coroner
West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium
Norwood Road
London
SE27 9JU
Telephone: 020 7926 7999
Fax: 020 7926 8030
Email: BereavementServices@lambeth.gov.uk

3.  Forms needed for cremation

No cremation can take place until the cause of death is definitely known.

Five forms have to be completed. The forms are available from the Ministry of Justice website - cremation guides. You can also get them from your funeral director.

  • An application form (form A) signed by the next of kin or executor.
  • Two doctors certificates for cremation (forms B and C) each signed by a different doctor; you will have to pay for these. If the death is referred to the coroner these two documents are not required, instead the coroner will give you a certificate for cremation (form E).
  • A certificate (form F) signed by the medical referee at the crematorium; the medical referee has the power to refuse any cremation and either require a post mortem examination or refer the death to the coroner.
  • A certified extract from the register of deaths (green form) issued by the registrar of deaths. This form is not required where the coroner has issued a certificate for cremation (form E).

4. Contact Crematorium Services

Cemeteries, Crematoria and Coroner
West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium
Norwood Road
London
SE27 9JU
Telephone: 020 7926 7999
Fax: 020 7926 8030
Email: BereavementServices@lambeth.gov.uk