Cemeteries in the London Borough of Havering are open for you and your family to visit graves.
Please ensure that during visits you comply with government guidance regarding social distancing, for your safety and that of our staff. The cemeteries will be open for mourners only, if they are used for recreational purposes the decision will be reviewed.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors that dogs are not allowed in our cemeteries unless assistance dogs.
The maximum number of mourners permitted in Upminster Cemetery Chapel is currently 18.
Current guidance states that singing, chanting or playing instruments that are blown, should be specifically avoided.
We are required to assist NHS Test and Trace with data requests to contain outbreaks of infection. We are waiting for more specific guidance, but in the meantime, we will provide forms on entry to the chapel and ask that each household attending a service provides a contact name and telephone number. Your funeral director may collect this information from you in advance. This information will be kept for 21 days before being destroyed by means of a confidential waste service. To facilitate this, please ensure that you bring a pen with you.
Named as Large Cemetery of the Year, in 2017 by London in Bloom judges, Upminster Cemetery has been recognised with a prestigious Gold Award for the fourth year in succession in 2019. The cemetery is popular with families throughout the borough and beyond and frequent visitors find themselves making friends in the adjacent Tea Room, in the grounds of South Essex Crematorium.
Work is underway on phases two and three of the planned cemetery extension to provide burial capacity for the next twenty years.
To reduce groundwater we are installing sheet metal piling underground and constructing pumping stations.
Work will cease to allow funerals peace and privacy. However there may be some residual background noise.
Upminster Cemetery was opened in 1902 and is next to the South Essex Crematorium.
• 17 Acres (further 6 acres under development)
• Traditional Chapel, seating 40
• South Chapel, South Essex Crematorium, seating 120 (additional fee applies)
• Organ (Please ask your funeral director to arrange for an organist)
• Pre-recorded music
• Ample Parking, in cemetery and in adjacent Crematorium carpark
You can choose to purchase a:
• Traditional Grave
• Lawn Grave
• Mini Headstone Cremated Remains Plot
• Child’s Grave on a dedicated children’s section
• Traditional Cremated Remains Plot (limited)
• Memorial Bench made from environmentally friendly recycled materials (on selected sections)
Click here for more information on memorial safety testing.