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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. 

  • passport
  • 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.

Complete the online pre-registration information document here 

Funeral services

In line with the Government’s guidance to slow the spread of coronavirus, 60 close friends and family of the deceased may attend. 

We offer options with regards to webcasting, for anyone wishing to record the service, or are unable to attend the service, and want to watch it from the comfort of their home through a secure website. For further information please speak with your Funeral Director.

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

Read our guidance for funeral services at Norse Road Chapel 

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

Bereavement services

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.  

Obituaries

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.

Email: crem@bedford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01234 718150

Bereavement Services
The Cemetery Complex
104 Norse Road
Bedford
MK41 0RL