Cremations

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. 

Funeral Directors

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Peterborough crematorium was opened in 1958 and is owned and administered by the council. In 2014, the crematorium was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Facilities

  • Peterborough crematorium seats approximately 80 people with additional standing room at the rear
  • free parking is available, including dedicated spaces for disabled users
  • all buildings pathways are wheelchair accessible
  • a hearing loop in the chapel
  • braille service books are available upon request
  • toilet facilities
  • book of remembrance which can also be viewed out of hours as they are turned so that they can be viewed from the outside of the building.
  • gardens of remembrance at the crematorium are open throughout the year

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm 
  • Saturday - 9am to 12noon 
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays are closed
  • Peterborough Crematorium
    Mowbray Road
    North Bretton
    Peterborough
    PE6 7JE

If you wish to discuss any information within this page, please contact Bereavement Services by calling customer services on 01733 262639 or email crematorium@peterborough.gov.uk.

Arranging a cremation

Services, religious or civil, may be held in the non-denominational chapel. You can choose to have the main service at your local church, with a short committal service at the crematorium, or you can have the whole service at the crematorium. 

Our aim is to provide a cremation within five working days of the booking request.

Large congregations

  • if you are expecting a large congregation at the crematorium, you are advised to book an extended service time of up to 50 minutes to allow the congregation to enter and leave the chapel.
  • the service can be relayed through speakers to the covered area outside the chapel for congregations of over 80 people.

Family arranged funerals

You must inform our Bereavement Services  if you wish to arrange a funeral yourself. Once the booking has been made, statutory paperwork must be completed. Details of this paperwork are outlined later in this page.

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
  • transportation of the deceased to the crematorium
  • allowing enough time to submit the statutory paperwork to Bereavement Services
  • affix a plaque or label 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
  • the choice of coffin for cremation. You may use a standard chipboard coffin, a wicker coffin or it may be made of cardboard with a solid wood base. Any fixtures and fittings (handles and nameplates) must be non-metal
  • coffin dimensions should be no more than 84" long, 27" high and 39" wide. If the coffin is over 30" wide, please provide this information as soon as possible.

Information on arranging a 'green' funeralto 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 Certificate for Cremation.

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.

Cremated remains

It is important to consider what to do with cremated remains. Some families decide to scatter them in a spot of special significance to the deceased, or place them at the crematorium or in a family grave. It is not necessary to make an immediate decision about the final disposal of cremated remains.

  • Cremated remains can be collected from the crematorium on the next working day following the cremation, to arrange collection, please contact Bereavement Services
  • remains can be placed in a biodegradable box, polytainer or oak casket
  • when the cremated remains are collected from the crematorium, a Certificate of Cremation is attached to the container
  • cremated remains can be retained free of charge at the crematorium for up to three months from the date of the funeral
  • if the cremated remains are to be scattered in the grounds of your property, please be aware that once this has been done, they cannot be removed
  • if you wish to bury the ashes within the boundaries of your property with a view to removing them if you move house, the ashes should be placed in a polytainer prior to the burial. Any other burial of cremated remains in a grave must be in an urn or wooden casket
  • if the cremated remains are to be interred or scattered in a grave within a cemetery or churchyard or in a crematorium garden of remembrance, prior permission must be sought from the relevant authority, who will require the Certificate of Cremation prior to final disposal
  • burial of cremated remains constitutes their final disposal and any subsequent exhumation will require a Home Office Licence and/or Bishop's Faculty
  • permission must be sought from the land owner to carry out scatterings or services on any other chosen area.

If you wish to place the cremated remains in a memorial at the crematorium or bury the cremated remains in a cemetery please contact Bereavement Services.

Fees

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).  

Crematorium fees and charges

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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 from the Social Fund
  • 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 cremations

  • Application for Cremation (form 1) - you will be asked to complete and sign the form and are advised that it is an offence to willfully make a false statement with a view to obtaining the cremation of any human remains
  • Authority for the disposal of cremated remains - this form instructs us of your wishes for the release or disposal of the cremated remains. This form must be signed by the applicant for cremation (the person who signed the form 1). The Registrar will issue a Certificate for Cremation which should be passed to Bereavement Services office as soon as possible
  • Medical Certificate of Cremation (form 4 and 5) - you must notify the doctor of the deceased, who attended during the last illness, that you are arranging a cremation. They will obtain and complete this form for you, but please note there is a charge for this.
  • if the death is reported to the coroner, a Certificate for Cremation (Form 6) will be issued instead of the Medical Certificate of Cremation. 

The completed paperwork must be delivered to the crematorium, with the relevant fees, at least 3 working days prior to the date of cremation. The only exception is when the family wish to inspect the medical certificates, in which case they must be submitted at least 5 working days prior to the date of cremation.

Application for Cremation

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Authority for Disposal of Cremated Remains

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Medical Certificate of Cremation

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