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Coronavirus advice for Bereavement Services

The Bereavement Services office is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, but will be closed between 1pm and 2pm.

There will be no face-to-face enquiries with the Bereavement Services office until further notice. Please contact us on 0191 433 3816, 0191 433 3811 or 0191 433 3815. You can also email us at

Services can now go ahead for burial of ashes. Where a transfer of Exclusive Right of Burial is required, this will need to be fully completed before a burial of ashes can be booked.

We can now accept accept memorial, wall and kerb plaque applications as well as Book of Remembrance entries, but there may be a slight delay in processing these.

We can also now carry out grave searches. Please contact us if you would like any searches carried out.

The Book of Remembrance rooms at Birtley and Saltwell crematoria will be reopened from 20 July 2020. All visitors must follow social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitising units are available.

For more information visit our cemeteries and crematoria pages.

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