In accordance with the current restrictions, funeral services are now continuing with no maximum number of people in attendance, although social distancing in family or bubble groups should still be adhered to.
We are making arrangements for our larger chapels at Lowestoft and Leiston to re-open on or as soon as possible after 21 June, with these venues following instructions contained in COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic. Smaller chapels at Kirkley, Beccles and Woodbridge Cemeteries remain closed.
Post funeral events, such as the scattering or interment of ashes, can also continue but with a maximum of 30 people present.
Memorial services can still always be arranged at a later date for those that were not able to attend due to previous Government restrictions.
The council is responsible for running cemeteries at:
Belle Vue Park Cemetery (Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, NR32 4AL) is managed by Lowestoft Town Council however please contact East Suffolk Council for more information or to book an interment.
Cemetery and burial administration and cemetery maintenance is carried out by Norse. Please contact them if you would like to report any problems in one of our cemeteries.
East Suffolk Council manages it's cemeteries under these policies:
The cemeteries are open to the public from dawn until dusk unless otherwise indicated by notices placed at the entrances. Specified areas in the cemeteries may be temporarily closed to visitors at times.
There are many other burial grounds in the district. These are maintained by parish councils, church bodies and, in some cases, local undertakers.
Our cemeteries offer various options. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the types of grave available and be sure to select the appropriate section of the cemetery. Please note that a wrong decision at this point could mean that you will not be able to have the memorial of your choice.
Your funeral director can help to make all the necessary arrangements for buying the rights to a grave, however some people prefer to make their own arrangements. We are happy to offer you any advice and assistance, or answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
The payment for a grave is for the purchase of the Exclusive Right of Burial, which grants the person(s) named upon it the exclusive right to decide who may be buried within the grave for a period of 25 years. It also allows you to place a memorial upon the grave. A further period may be purchased if required.
Yes. This is fairly common when a family wish to have a grave close to another member of family, or if you are making your own funeral arrangements with a funeral director in advance (sometimes referred to as a 'funeral plan'). We can select a suitable grave for you, or you can arrange to meet us in your preferred cemetery to view the options available to you.
No. There are a number of graves available in our cemeteries that may be used if you do not wish to buy the rights to a grave (these graves are known as "common graves"). However, it is worth bearing in mind that you will not be able to have a memorial or have any say in who else gets buried within the grave space.
If the owner(s) of the Exclusive Right of Burial is alive, this can be done easily with their permission. If the owner is deceased however, this can sometimes be quite an involved issue, and situations vary depending upon individual circumstances. Please contact us for details.
Ownership of the exclusive Right of Burial in a grave can be transferred from a deceased owner via that owner's estate. The means of transfer can be very complex and while there is a set procedure to follow, each case must be looked at individually. If you need to transfer ownership when all owners are deceased you will need to contact us.
Yes. There are dedicated areas in our cemeteries, with smaller plots, for this purpose. Cremated remains can also be interred in a full grave space.
Burials can take place on any weekday, except bank holidays. Please talk to your funeral director or contact us to discuss any specific needs.
Most of our cemeteries have grave spaces available in consecrated (blessed as sacred by the Church of England) and unconsecrated areas.
A commemorative bench is an enduring way of remembering your loved one, whilst providing real benefit to your local park or open space. This service is administered by East Suffolk Norse and applications are now open to sponsor a new bench on land owned by East Suffolk Council.