Coronavirus COVID 19 (updated 27/05/2020 11:45)

Restricted numbers

Only immediate family can attend a service at the crematorium, or a burial in the cemetery.

Because people have different interpretations of immediate family, many crematoria have stated a number of people who can attend. We are allowing no more than 10 people to attend.

The ICCM and FBCA have defined immediate family as spouse / partner, parents / carers, brothers / sisters, children (and partners).

This number may be reduced further in the coming days, so families need to check before coming to a service.

Only people that are allowed to attend a funeral are permitted to the crematorium and cemetery grounds. However, we are slowly allowing families / friends to visit graves on specified days between specific times.

The cemetery will be open:

  • 14:00 – 16:30 on Mondays
  • 14:00 – 16:30 on Fridays
  • 10:00 – 18:00 on Sundays

for families / friends to visit graves. Please ensure you observe the Government Guidelines regarding social distancing. No one should be using the grounds for exercising or socialising and you will be asked to leave.

Do not come to the crematorium or cemetery if you have any of the well-publicised symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who has the virus or symptoms, or if you should be in self-isolation.

We are following guidance from the Government https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased and / or professional bodies such as the Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria. The latest information from the ICCM is on the following link https://www.iccm-uk.com/iccm/

West London Crematorium – cremations

Services can be Webcast Live to ensure those who cannot attend can be part of the service (there is a charge of £24 inc. VAT for this service, which is the cost price of the service to us). It is available to be viewed via a secure website at the time the funeral is taking place. This can be booked by your Funeral Director at your request.

In addition, you can now also choose to Webcast the service Live, plus you can access a recording of the webcast to watch again for a further 28 days. There is a charge of £45 inc. VAT for this service. Again, this can be booked by your Funeral Director at your request.

At this present time, you will not be able to:

  • Use the hymn books.
  • Carry the coffin or touch the coffin.
  • Release doves or balloons.
  • Bring personal items such as candles or photos
  • Place personal items on the coffin. We will allow one simple flower spray to be placed on the coffin and this can be cremated (flowers must be free from plastic bases and oasis as these cannot be cremated).
  • Collect money or donations at the crematorium.
  • Have an open coffin.

If you have booked a witnessed cremation, only 1 person will be allowed.

We are a small team and it is therefore essential that people who are attending a service do the following:

  • Stay in your car (if you have driven), until it is time to go into the chapel.
  • Do not gather in the lobby, waiting room, or atrium.
  • Do not go into our music room.
  • Do not touch our chapel door handles, please let our staff do it.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Do not leave used tissues, orders of service or any personal items in the chapel.
  • Keep the recommended distance of 6.5 feet or 2 metres from each other at all times, including in the chapel. This will mean no more than 2 people per pew.

Please would one member of staff from the Funeral Director’s make contact with our Chapel Attendant. Any discussions between them and the celebrant must be held outside.

We hope these measures help to keep us all safer. We are sorry to have to bring them in and they may have to change again. We are grateful for your cooperation.

Kensal Green Cemetery – burials

We unfortunately cannot allow anyone to ‘backfill’ the grave. This has to be carried out by the staff, with no exceptions.

We are a small team and it is therefore essential that people attending a burial do the following:

  • Keep the recommended distance of 6.5 feet or 2 metres from each other at all times in the cemetery, and at the graveside.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Ensure that only the bearers from the Funeral Directors touch the coffin.
  • Do not gather around the graveside for any longer than absolutely necessary. Our staff will not be able to close the grave until everyone has moved away.

Other changes

During this difficult time:

  • We will only allow ashes to be collected by Funeral Directors, and by prior arrangement. Unfortunately family members / applicants will not be able to collect ashes.
  • We will not be taking any bookings for interment of ashes in the cemetery or garden of remembrance.
  • No new memorial applications will be processed.
  • No renewals will be taken but the memorials will obviously be allowed to continue, and we will be in touch as soon as we possibly can.
  • The book of remembrance will not be available in the atrium.
  • You will not be able to light a candle in memory of a loved one.
  • We will not be able to process any searches or family history enquiries. Our records can be searched online at www.deceasedonline.com.
  • Unless visiting a grave during one of the specified times and on one of the specified days, only people that are allowed to attend a service at the crematorium or a burial in the cemetery, are permitted on the grounds.