We are responsible for five cemeteries in Peterborough which are open:
- 1 April to 30 September between 9am and 6pm
- 1 October to 31 March between 9am and 4pm
This cemetery is closed to new burials. It has been a county wildlife site since 1990 and contains approximately 150 species of flowers and plants. It is located on Broadway, PE1 4DD, near Granville Street.
Eastfield cemetery was opened in 1919 and offers the facility of standard earthen burials, brick lined graves, cremated remains plots, and vaults.
Opened in 1893 and offers the facility of standard earthen burials, green burials, mausoleums, vaults and cremated remains plots.
Stanground cemetery is adjacent to Stanground Fire Station. It opened in 1890, has limited grave availability for those residents who have family already buried here.
Woodston cemetery opened in 1882 and is closed for new burials.
If you wish to discuss any information within this page, please contact bereavement services by calling customer services on 01733 262639 or email [email protected].
Arranging a burial
The choice of cremation or burial is ultimately decided by the person responsible for arranging the funeral. It may be that the deceased has already expressed their wishes in the form of a will or a funeral plan, which may influence the decision. Cultural requirements may also be a factor when deciding on the type of funeral.
Using a Funeral Director
The family or executor may choose and instruct a funeral director to make the funeral arrangements. The funeral director will book the date and time with the crematorium and will complete the forms required. All funeral arrangements will be discussed between you and the funeral director.
View a complete list of independent funeral director's in Peterborough attached to the right-hand side of this page.
Family arranged funerals
You must inform our bereavement services if you wish to arrange a funeral yourself. When booking a funeral it is important to consider:
- when all the family are available to attend
- if you need an Officiant and check their availability
- if you do not wish to have a service in a place of worship, you can organise a graveside service. You will need to arrange this with the officiant.
- transportation of the deceased to the cemetery
- deciding what type of grave you require
- allowing enough time to complete necessary paperwork
- the type of coffin to be used, preferably made of biodegradable or recyclable materials
- the body of the deceased must arrive at the cemetery in a coffin, casket or a container which Bereavement Services has approved
- a plaque or label must be fixed to the coffin with: the name of the person being cremated; the age of the person being cremated; the date of death of the person being cremated
- If you would like to discuss or view the grave location before the day of burial please contact Bereavment Services to make an appointment
the exact size of the coffin at its widest and longest point including handles (extended if applicable), must be advised to Bereavement Services at the earliest opportunity and must be specified in the Notice of Burial.
Information on arranging a 'green' funeral, to lessen its impact on the environment is available from Ni Direct website.
Once these decisions have been made, a booking should be made with Bereavement Services who will advise you of the available dates and times.
Transporting the coffin
Transporting a coffin, with or without the body, requires a van or large estate car. You may ask a funeral director to help you with this.
As an executor, you have a common law right to be given the body and you will need to speak to the mortuary staff to arrange collection. They will inform you of any necessary procedures, but you will require the Registrar or Coroner's Order for Burial.
The body can be retained at home up until the funeral, but the room must be kept cool and try to avoid difficult stairs. If you prefer, the body may be held at the mortuary (with permission of the mortuary staff and a holding fee) and collected on the day of the funeral.
Flowers and obituaries
You will need to contact a florist and your local newspaper if you wish to arrange these services.
Our fees and charges are detailed in the document to the right-hand side of this page. Payment will be required before the day of the funeral and can be paid by cash, debit/credit card or cheque (made payable to Peterborough City Council).
Assistance with funeral costs
If you're on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you're arranging, you may:
- be able to get a funeral payment
- be able to get a Bereavement Payment which is a one-off, lump-sum tax-free payment of £2,000 if the deceased is your husband, wife or civil partner
- be able to claim the Bereavement Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner had paid their National Insurance contributions or their death was caused by their job and were either: under State Pension age when they died or they were entitled to 'Category A state retirement benefit' when they died.
Paperwork for a burial
Once the booking has been made, a set of paperwork must be completed with Bereavement Services, as soon as possible. It is important to ensure that the required forms are completed accurately to ensure that the funeral can go ahead.
- New grave - if the burial is to take place in a new grave, the next of kin or executor will need to sign the Notice of Burial. The name and address of the person who signs the form will be the person who will own the Exclusive Right of Burial (lease) to the grave and will have their name on the Grave Deed
- Unpurchased grave - if the burial is to take place in an unpurchased grave, the next of kin or executor will be required to sign the Notice of Burial
- Pre-purchased grave - if the burial is to take place in a previously purchased grave, the grave owner will be required to complete and sign the notice of burial. If the grave owner is deceased and is to be buried in the grave, the next of kin or executor will be required to complete and sign the form
- Registrars Certificate of Burial - this will be required at all times except when the Coroner's Order for Burial is issued. You will need to visit the register office in the district where the deceased died. The Registrar will issue a Certificate of Burial which should be passed to Bereavement Services as soon as possible
- Exclusive Right of Burial Deed - in the case of pre-purchased graves, please forward the Exclusive Right of Burial deed to Bereavement Services
- Certificate of Cremation - this will be required if cremated remains are to be buried in the cemetery. This is issued by the crematorium where the cremation took place.