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Arrange a burial

If you appoint a funeral director they will support and guide you to arrange the burial. We can help you if you choose not to appoint one.

You can hold a funeral service before the burial at one of our chapels at Cambridge Crematorium or Newmarket Road Cemetery, or elsewhere if you prefer.

Burials usually take place on any weekday (except bank holidays), from 9am to 2.30 or 3pm, depending on the time of year. We can make alternative arrangements to meet individual cultural needs.

Contact us to arrange a convenient time for the burial to take place. You will then need to send us an interment application form, your preliminary funeral service instructions and the medical certificates.

We usually need at least three working days’ notice, although in some cases we can arrange burials more quickly to meet cultural needs.

The cost of a burial depends on the type of service you require.

You can stay at the graveside while we fill and tidy the grave if you request to do so when you arrange the burial. Otherwise we will begin work as soon as all mourners have left the graveside. We usually use machinery to fill graves – some people find the ‘industrial’ atmosphere this creates distressing.

You can order floral arrangements for your service from Flowers by: Elizabeth Jane. They have a range of tributes to choose from, or will work with you to create a bespoke display.

Install a headstone or kerb set

You can contract a stonemason to design and produce a memorial for the grave. They will contact us to apply for a permit to carry out the work and to arrange payment. You will need to sign your consent on the application.

The memorial must conform to our regulations for size and fixings. We will check the memorial regularly to protect the safety of visitors, and will contact you if we have any concerns.

You must wait nine months after the burial before you can place the memorial, so the ground can settle.

We recommend that you ask the stonemason to provide a workmanship guarantee or details of insurance. They should adopt the NAMM or BRAMM codes of practice.