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Coronavirus: funerals

The Government's has relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions but it's still important to follow the rules to keep your family and friends safe. 

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. 

Hollinwood Crematorium can from July 19 open the chapel fully and accommodate approximately 100 seated mourners, with space in the foyer and waiting area for further mourners to stand and listen to the service.

  • We are still asking Funeral Directors and mourners to wear face coverings in the Chapel and discourage (but not prohibit) singing in line with the caution the Prime Minister asks of us.
  • Wind instruments must be played outside the chapel. 
  • As the Chapel can now be fully accommodated there will be a charge of £40 for viewing the service live via webcast.
  • Orders of service and flowers must be taken away at the end of the service.
  • To protect the staff and resilience of our service the office and crematorium working area remain closed to the public.
  • Hand sanitiser will continue to be available in the chapel and foyer area.


Outside funeral prayers and grave side services restrictions have been lifted but social distancing must be observed.

Mourners are also being encouraged to wait in their cars or outside the chapel ahead of services, as the waiting area remains closed at this time.


If you would like to find out more about headstones or memorials in Oldham’s crematorium and cemeteries, please contact the cemetery office on:

Please remember the office is currently closed to visitors, but we will do all we can to assist you, online or by phone.

Civil funeral ceremonies

A civil funeral ceremony is a formal non-religious ceremony. It is a personal ceremony to reflect the private thoughts of the family and friends of the deceased.

The ceremony is appropriate to cremations as well as burials.

Each civil funeral ceremony is unique to the deceased.

The eulogy (delivered by the funeral celebrant or any of the family/friends) forms a major part of the ceremony and is created in partnership with the family.

Where can a civil funeral ceremony be held?

Almost anywhere except a religious building or church.

Who conducts a civil funeral ceremony?

A professional civil funeral celebrant.

Arrange a civil funeral ceremony

To arrange a civil funeral ceremony, contact the Oldham Register Office.  The fee is £135

A civil funeral celebrant will contact you to make the arrangements for a meeting.

The celebrant will explain what’s involved and (with the help of the family and friends) will create an individual ceremony. This is when you decide if you wish to have any favourite music or readings at the ceremony.

Independent funerals

An independent funeral is organised by someone other than a funeral director.

Arrange an independent funeral

For help arranging an independent funeral, please contact the Cemetery Office.