COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Cemeteries and funerals

Changes to cemeteries and funerals in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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View the available burial dates and times at our cemeteries.

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. 


To view live availability visit: View available burial dates and times. Only one interment can take place at any one time.

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

Interment are not available on Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Bank Holidays or any other Public Holidays.


The Icon for pdf Burial Application Form must be fully completed and returned to the council 3 working days prior to the funeral.  Proof of residence must be provided for all new plots at the Hyde and Lawn. Applicants for the Lawn Cemetery must also sign the Icon for pdf Lawn Rules and Regulations Notices received less than this time may only be accepted at the officer's discretion.  Failure to provide all the information may result in the cancellation of the booking. 

Large Funerals of over 20 vehicles

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. They are also required to complete the Icon for pdf Large Funeral Notification

Islamic Funerals

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

Unfortunately we currently 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.

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.