Funerals during Coronavirus restrictions

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Penmount memorial grounds have now re-opened but the crematorium buildings are only open to people attending funeral services. 

The Books of Remembrance can be viewed in the windows at the front of the main crematorium building. As usual the pages displayed will be the current days date and no others.

The Columbarium is now accessible. Please follow directions as posted and socially distance.

Floral tributes can be left on the Flower Terrace or in the memorial grounds.

Attending a funeral

The social distancing rules operating due to Coronavirus have caused some changes in the way that funerals are held. 

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance.

Anyone working is not counted in the 6 or 30. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Arranging a funeral

Church of England churches are now open to hold services with restricted numbers. Please contact your local church for details.

Penmount Crematorium is operating as usual.  They are taking bookings for funeral services to be held Monday to Friday, and if required on Saturdays. They can webcast or record the service for future viewing if you would like – please do not hesitate to ask.

Burials are also proceeding as usual.

Preparations for the outbreak

The Coronavirus outbreak is expected to result in more deaths than usual in Cornwall.  For this reason you may notice that preparations are taking place in cemeteries and some more graves are being prepared.

The opening hours at the crematorium are also under constant review and will be extended if necessary.

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