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Mansfield & District Crematorium

Coronavirus restrictions on funerals

The government have removed all restrictions on the numbers of people attending funerals from Monday 19 July 2021.

We are advising that anyone attending a funeral at the crematorium should follow the government guidance of wearing face coverings in crowded areas including indoors, maintain hand washing hygiene, and try to maintain space from others.

Read the full guidance from government on arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Cemetery opening times

Main gates - Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm

The main gates to the cemetery are open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and closed on weekends.

Pedestrian access 

Pedestrian access, next to the Derby Road main entrance gates, to the grounds and Gardens of Remembrance is open at all times. We ask you to keep to social distancing guidance while in the cemetery. Only Access Dogs are allowed in our grounds. 

Book of Remembrance

Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm

The Book of Remembrance is usually open on the anniversary of the date of death. You can view the book between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday only. Access is limited to one household only at a time, and there is hand sanitiser and wipes available for your use. 

Digital Book of Remembrance

If you cannot visit the Book of Remembrance you can view entries online through our digital Book of Remembrance. 

Mansfield Crematorium is a 2 chapel establishment in a woodland setting on the outskirts of Mansfield.

We carry out funerals on behalf of Ashfield District Council and Mansfield District Council. 

What to do when someone dies

Bereavement is a difficult process to go through and we can provide you with guidance on what to do when someone dies.

If the death occurs in hospital, the hospital staff will contact the person named by the deceased as next of kin. This is usually a relative, though it does not have to be.

The hospital will offer guidance and take care of most of the legal matters such as certifying the death. The body will be kept in the hospital mortuary until the executor arranges for it to be taken away.

Outside of the hospital, if the death was expected, you should contact the doctor who attended the deceased during their final illness.

If you discover a body or the death is sudden or unexpected, you should contact the following people:

  • The deceased's nearest relative.
  • The family doctor (if known) or relevant medical personnel (Ambulance service etc).
  • A minister of the deceased's religion (if any).

If the remains are those of a stranger, or you did not know the deceased well, please contact the police, who will try and find the people listed above.

If there is any reason to think that the death was not due to natural causes, do not touch or remove anything in the room.

Following a death, a doctor will try to establish the cause of death non-invasively. A doctor must ask permission of the family to carry out post-mortem examinations.

If the doctor cannot establish the cause of death, or if the death was suspicious, they can contact the coroner. The coroner does not need the family's permission to conduct post-mortem examinations.

If your relative is referred to the coroner, you will be informed.

More in depth information about coroners can be found in the FAQs page.

The doctor or coroner will issue a medical certificate showing the cause of death. Once this has been received, you must register the death.

If the deceased has been sent to the coroner, the death cannot be registered and a funeral cannot take place without their authorisation.

Once the death has been registered, a funeral can take place. After a service, the remains can be buried or cremated.

In some cases, when a person passes away there is no-one available to make funeral arrangements. This usually happens when someone dies with no known blood relatives, or has relatives that do not want to or are not able to be involved.

In situations like these, when no suitable arrangements have been made, then the council (or in some circumstances the local hospital) has a responsibility to ensure that the deceased receives a proper and dignified burial or cremation.

Once the death has been reported to the council (usually by the coroner), every attempt is made to give the most appropriate funeral. The deceased's belongings are retrieved from whoever has them and their home is searched for documentation such as wills, information relating to the location of any relatives, and any indication of religious beliefs or funeral preferences.

More in depth information about Public Health Funerals can be found in the FAQs page.