Funeral Bookings

View the available burial dates and times at our cemeteries.

Funeral Bookings

To arrange an interment in the Lawn Cemetery or Hatfield Hyde Cemetery, the Council must be notified no less than 3 clear working days from the time the arrangement is made. An interment within 3 working days may be arranged at the discretion of the Officer. 

Burials must take place during the allocated times provided for the booking of Interments.  If there is already a booking in the requested time slot, then the caller must be advised that this time is unavailable.


The allocated times available for the booking of interments are:

Monday to Friday 11.00hrs and 14.00hrs

Saturday 11.00hrs

The allocated times available for the booking of the interment of Cremated Remains are:

Monday to Friday 11.00hrs, 12.30hrs and 14.00hrs

Saturday 11.00hrs


To view live availability visit: available burial dates and times

Only one interment can take place at any one time.

No interment shall take place on Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Bank Holidays or any other Public Holidays.

Once a booking has been made, the pdf icon Notice of Burial [110KB], must be completed and returned to the council and must contain all information required. The form must be received by the council 3 working days prior to the funeral.  Notices received less than this time may only be accepted at the officers discretion.  All forms must be accompanied by the appropriate fee unless other arrangements have been approved by the officer.

Failure to provide this information may result in the cancellation of the booking.  An additional fee may be charged for postponed or cancelled interments as assessed by the officer according to the amount of abortive work involved.

The funeral director of persons organising the funeral which is likely to exceed 20 vehicles, a horse and carriage procession or any escorted guests of her majesty be in attendance, must notify the officer at the time of booking or at the earliest notification.  Full details must be included on the pdf icon Notice of Burial Application Form [110KB].


Islamic Funerals

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will do what it can to facilitate any request of burials within 3 working days.

Unfortunately we cannot allow any person to enter a grave space.  Families are encouraged to align and prop the body on a wooden board which will be provided next to the grave.

The board can be lowered into the grave using the method traditionally used to lower a casket into a grave space.

Once the body is in the grave, a layer of wood or stones should be placed on top of the body.  This is done to prevent direct contact between the body and the soil that will fill the grave.   This is placed into the grave by the grave diggers.

Suitable soil will be left at the side of the grave to allow symbolic rituals.  Arrangements can be made should mourners wish to backfill by hand.



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