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A Guide to Family Managed Funerals


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Tameside council is committed to providing a high quality and caring service. As part of this commitment, the council has produced this page to guide you in organising a funeral yourself.

If you decide to manage a funeral in a council cemetery, our staff will help you in arranging a burial with minimal assistance from a funeral director. This leaflet takes you through the various steps of organising a funeral from the time death occurs to maintaining the place of rest.

At the Time of Death

If death occurs at home you should contact your Doctor who will attend and confirm the death and issue a Death Certificate. This certificate may sometimes be issued immediately or may be made available for collection later.

If death occurs in hospital it is normally the Doctor attending who will issue the Death Certificate. The Hospital Administrator will advise you when the certificate is available for collection. When a death occurs and the Doctor who attends is unable to state the cause of death, the Doctor will inform the Coroner and a Death Certificate will not be issued until cause of death is determined.


Deaths must be registered at the registrar of Births and Deaths.

The office for deaths that occur in the Tameside District is at Dukinfield Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield. Telephone Number 0161 342 5032.

The next of kin should attend the Registry Office in order to complete the registration, taking with them the Death Certificate issued by the Doctor or by the hospital.

The registrar will also need the medical card of the deceased.

If the circumstances of the death involves the Coroner, the Coroner will register the death but only if an inquest is to be held. If an inquest is not needed the nearest surviving relative can register the death only when the Coroner has confirmed the cause of death to the registrar.

Funeral Arrangements

There is no legal reason why you cannot manage the funeral arrangements if you so choose. It is never easy to cope when the death of a relative or friend occurs. You are advised to think through carefully what you will need to do in organising a funeral before making your final decision. If you decide to proceed with a Family Managed Funeral in a Council Cemetery or Crematorium, you should telephone the Cemetery Office as soon as possible. An appointment can then be made for you to visit or alternatively we will arrange to visit you at your own home. The Cemetery staff will advise you of the arrangements that need to be made to conduct the funeral. There will be choices and decisions to be made which will be recorded on a form and a copy given to you. Some of the important issues that you must consider are listed below.

  • The body of any person to be buried in a Council Cemetery must be contained in a coffin approved by the Council.
  • The council can provide a choice of biodegradable cardboard coffins or you may prefer to purchase a coffin from a local Funeral Director.
  • The funeral must arrive at the agreed time at the cemetery.
  • On entering the cemetery all aspects of the funeral are under the direction of cemetery staff, who instructions must be observed.
  • You will need to arrange your own appropriate transport for the funeral cortege and coffin to and from the cemetery.
  • It is your personal choice as to whether you use any of the services provided by a Funeral Director
  • Cemetery fees are payable in advance and cheques must be made payable to Tameside MBC.

Funeral Service

The traditional funeral ceremony does not have to be followed and it may be that no formal or religious ceremony is desired. If however, you prefer a religious ceremony you should contact your normal place of worship. Family or friends may wish to devise their own funeral service with poems, music, songs or readings. You will be required to advise the cemetery office of the content of your chosen ceremony. It is anticipated that the ceremony will not exceed 20 minutes.

Interment and Cremation

Tameside Council offers burials or the interment of cremated remains at Ashton, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley and Mottram Cemeteries.

You may choose a traditional grave interment which could allow for further relatives to be interred in the same grave.

You may wish to inter cremated remains in a Garden of Rest at Denton or Mottram Cemetery. Details of various alternatives can be obtained from the cemetery office. A Cremation can be arranged through the Dukinfield Crematorium Office where the statutory forms will be issued to you.

You will need a disposal certificate from the Registrars Office. This must be handed to Cemetery Office at least 24 hours prior to the funeral taking place.

Further Rules and Regulations are also available from the office.

All Rules and Regulations which apply to Tameside Cemeteries under the various Burial Acts, Cemeteries Orders and Council Regulations must be strictly adhered to, at all times.

For more information on this issue and others, please contact:

Contact information

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0161 342 4461
0161 342 2140
Registrar's Office
Dukinfield Cemetery and Crematorium
Hall Green Road
SK16 4EP
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