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Cemetery Information

Burials at Fair Oak Cemetery and Coronavirus

Fair Oak Cemetery remains open during the government lockdown restrictions.​

The government have now put in place ongoing measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus, and following guidance received, Fair Oak Parish Council would advise that, whilst these measures remain in place, the number of attendees at a burial should be limited to the following persons:

  • Members of the person’s household
  • Close family members
  • Or, if there are no members of the person’s household or close family members able to attend, then close friends may attend.

Other than funeral director staff, and a minister or celebrant if requested by the family, the number of attendees related to the family should be limited to 20 in total, in household clusters.

In order to protect yourselves, your family, and those who are assisting you in the burial of your loved one, please observe the 2 metre (6 feet) social distancing rules.

Anyone who is showing any symptoms of the coronavirus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste and smell) must not attend a burial due to the risk they pose to others.

Mourners may attend the burial if they are self-isolating due to a possible case of coronavirus in their household, provided that they are not showing any symptoms themselves (including mild symptoms), and provided that the funeral director has put processes in place to minimise the risk of transmission. They should observe the 2 metre (6 feet) social distancing rules at all times and advise other mourners that they are otherwise self-isolating at home. They should ensure that they do not attend at the same time as another mourner who may be extremely clinically vulnerable. They are advised to use their own transport where possible, and to follow careful hygiene during funeral and burial arrangements, including washing hands more often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds or by using a hand sanitiser, to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then carefully dispose of the tissue.

Mourners who are clinically vulnerable or in a shielded group may also attend a burial, subject to the funeral director having put processes in place to minimise the risk of transmission. Mourners who are extremely clinically vulnerable are not advised to attend a burial if there are others attending who are currently self-isolating - if attending a burial they should ensure that they maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from all other attendees at all times. Mourners who are clinically vulnerable or in a shielding group should adhere to the government guidelines on hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.

If you are self-isolating, clinically vulnerable, or in a shielded group, and wish to attend a burial, please discuss arrangements with your funeral director.

Mourners should also follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the Cemetery. If using shared transport with others that they do not normally meet and where social distancing is not possible, they should consider wearing a face covering.

We understand that this will be very difficult for you and your family at this time, but these measures will help us all to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

This information will be updated as and when government measures are changed.

Bereavement Support
Butterflies Bereavement Support - www.butterfliesbereavement.co.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care - www.cruse.org.uk

Fair Oak Cemetery - General

Fair Oak and Horton Heath Parish Council act as the burial authority for the Fair Oak Cemetery. The Council prides itself in managing and maintaining an essential amenity.

The Council is often complimented for the peaceful and tranquil place of rest it provides. We seek to maintain a professional and sensitive service for the community.

The Cemetery is a place of rest for both grave and cremation interments and has been an amenity provided by the Council since 1945.

The Council also maintains the Churchyard and Pember Cemetery at St Thomas Church. The Churchyard is closed to interments.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We understand this is a worrying time for residents. Support, advice and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here: