Crematorium and cemeteries

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update on funeral services at Eastbourne crematorium and cemeteries

All our cemeteries and crematorium grounds are only open for reason set out in the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020. We ask residents to please follow the social distancing guidance and keep 2 metres apart. Note: Face coverings must be worn in all buildings.

Tier 4 Covid-19 update

Weekends and Bank Holidays

Eastbourne changes from Tier 2 to Tier 4 under the Covid Restrictions from 00.01am on Boxing Day, 26th December. From that time we are unable to open any of the Crematorium Buildings on Bank Holidays and Weekends until this restriction is lifted.

Christmas Day Only - the Book Room and Main Chapel will be open from 10am to 12 noon only.

Weekday Access to the Book Room

Tier 4 restrictions also mean that the Book Room will be closed during the week until this restriction is lifted.

Thank you for your continued understanding during these difficult times. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this will no doubt cause particularly at this time of year.  

Funerals

Funerals can still proceed with a maximum of 30 mourners in the Main Chapel and 11 mourners in the Family Chapel. This is based on the safe social distancing advice for the size of each chapel.

  • It is strongly advised that only immediate family and very close friends attend services. Face Coverings must be worn at all times, unless exempt from doing so.
  • Those attending funerals should practice social distancing in all areas and wash their hands regularly. Handwashing facilities are available and hand sanitiser is free to use at the entrance to the chapels. We ask that you sanitise your hands upon entering the chapels.
  • We request too, that used tissues and other waste items such as water bottles and used masks are taken home and disposed of safely by the individual. 
  • Those showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend funerals or any part of the cemetery or crematorium grounds

Contacting the Crematorium and Cemeteries

On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the Buildings will close at 2pm

The Crematorium Office is currently closed to the public but limited services are available over the phone 01323 761093 or 01323 766536 during standard office times. Or you can contact us by email using our online form or crematorium@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

Throughout the Christmas and New Year period, the Crematorium Grounds, Langney cemetery and Ocklynge cemetery will be open from 8am – 5.30pm. However, in extreme icy or snowy conditions access to the cemeteries and some areas of the crematorium gardens may be restricted at short notice.