Within this section you can find information on what to do when there is a death, and further information about funerals, burials and cremations in Bedford Borough.
Deaths and still births
Following legislation brought in by Government, the registration of a death or still-birth may, during the Coronavirus outbreak only be completed by telephone. We are not offering face-to-face appointments during this period - extended until March 2022.
We ask that a family member or another qualified informant completes the online Pre-Registration form below giving details of the deceased and pre-purchasing any copies of the death certificate they may require. The certificates will be posted by Royal Mail 2nd Class Post after registration.
Once we have checked the Pre-Registration form and have received the electronic copy of the MCCD from the GP or Hospital and/or Coroners Paperwork we will telephone the informant to complete the registration. We aim to telephone you within 5 working days.
If they are available, please consult the following documents before you complete the online pre-registration form.
- Council Tax bill or utility bill
- driving licence
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- birth certificate, deed poll document
- NHS medical card
This will help the Registrar to make sure the record is correct. Don't worry if you can't find some of the documents, we can register the death without them as long as you know the information.
The Registrar will send the form for burial or cremation directly to the relevant burial or cremation authority according to where the funeral is to take place. If possible please be prepared to inform the registrar of the details of the funeral arrangements – place and date.
In line with the Government’s guidance to slow the spread of coronavirus, close family and friends of the deceased may attend. Due to the high infection rate currently being seen across the borough of Bedford and surrounding areas and the fact that the new variant is now 70% more transmissible, we need to ensure the safety of everyone including our staff and therefore we have imposed a further restriction on attendance to 20 people from Monday 11 January.
We respectfully ask you to observe the following:
- family groups that live together can sit or stand together at the service
- if you don’t live together, you must make space to meet the social distancing guidelines
- the chapel attendant or funeral director are on hand to make sure this is followed and to keep everyone safe
- family members are currently not able to take part in singing, carrying, lowering or placing soil on the coffin
- whilst in the chapel, the curtains must close at the end of the service prior to anyone leaving.
Funerals burials and cremations
We offer two sites for burial and cremation in Bedford Borough, Norse Road cemetery and crematorium and Foster Hill cemetery. You can find further information about these sites and the fees associated with funerals, burials and cremations.
We offer impartial help, support and guidance on all aspects of bereavement including memorialisation, funeral costs and financial support, funeral directors within Bedford Borough, and memorials.
Funeral director booking page
Funeral directors can login and book a cremation service here.
We are currently unable to process any certificate applications. Please order any certificates required with the General Register Office here.
If the death occurred in Bedford Borough on or after 1 January 2020 please e-mail your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and a registration officer will call you.
We provide a list of funerals and cremations within Bedford Borough.
Contact Bereavement Services
All Council buildings/premises in the Borough of Bedford require visiting members of the public to wear face coverings in line with Government guidance concerning mandatory face coverings in some enclosed public spaces, eg shops, supermarkets, public transport and hospitals (taking account of defined exceptions).
This measure does not replace social distancing and other control measures which are still required and are in place in all buildings/settings where employees and customers come into contact.
If you wish to see a member of staff at Norse Road crematorium and cemetery, you will need to make an appointment between the hours of 10am to midday or 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. This will ensure staff will be available to help on request.
Telephone: 01234 718150
The Cemetery Complex
104 Norse Road