Chelmsford City Council

Arranging a burial

A funeral can usually only take place after you have registered the death. Most people use a funeral director to help them arrange the funeral, but you can arrange the funeral yourself.

We can only discuss the details of the burial and service with the funeral director and the person arranging the funeral.

To arrange a burial and service at Chelmsford Cemetery, you need to complete all of the relevant paperwork, depending on the type of service you choose.

Your funeral director will be able to fill in the paperwork with you.

The paperwork includes:

  • a notice of interment
  • the Service Details (for a burial with chapel)
  • the Music and Hymns Form (for a burial with chapel)


Chelmsford Cemetery

The Cemetery is made up of traditional and lawn burial plots.

New burial plots are available in the lawn section.

When you purchase a grave, you will be acquiring the exclusive right to burial for that grave.

We release a limited number of graves each year, which you can purchase in advance. Contact us for more information.


The service

Burial services can take place at Chelmsford Cemetery or at a church. If the service is at a church, you will proceed to the graveside when you arrive at the Cemetery.

Services at Chelmsford Crematorium can be religious, non-religious or humanist, or you may choose not to have a service at all. You can check our fees and charges for the cost of each service.

Services are held in one of two chapels. The North Chapel has 26 seats, or the South Chapel which has 108 seats.

You can check the availability of the chapels by looking at the calendar of services. You will also need to check the availability of your funeral director.

Your funeral director will guide you through options for the service, including:

  • choosing the music you would like
    We can play recorded music in both chapels using the Wesley Music System. You can view the library of available tracks online. If your choice is not already in the library, your funeral director can request commercially available music to be added.
    Additionally, both the chapels have an electric organ. Your funeral director would need to provide the organist for your service.
  • creating a visual tribute, including personal photographs.
    This is only available in the South Chapel, and you will have to pay an additional fee.
  • broadcasting the service securely over the internet, for those who are unable to attend the service in person.
    You will have to pay an additional fee to arrange this.
  • recording the service onto USB storage.
    You will have to pay an additional fee to arrange this

After the service, you will proceed to the graveside for burial.


Arranging a funeral yourself

You can arrange a funeral yourself, but you will have to carry out the duties that funeral directors perform. This includes storing and transporting the body, and completing the paperwork.

If you want to arrange a funeral yourself, contact us for advice.

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