COVID 19 – during this pandemic period and for the foreseeable future, the Burgess Hill Burial ground will remain open for burials, interments of cremated remains and for people to visit.
The process for pre-purchasing a burial plot and/or arranging a burial has changed in that we will be providing a limited face-to-face service and, where possible, documentation should be either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to us at 96 Church walk, Burgess Hill, RH15 9AS. The forms you require are on the link further down this page or if you need the forms sent to you via post, please email email@example.com with your request or contact the number below for further assistance.
In regard to the funerals themselves, Government advice now allows a maximum of 30* mourners but those attending must follow the Government’s guidelines, namely:
(* this applies to coffin or ashes burials only. Tree planting that does not include the interment of ashes, or the installation of memorials can be attended by max 15 mourners only).
Social distancing must be observed between people who are not part of the same household/bubble.
Mourners who are symptomatic should NOT attend the funeral.
Mourners who are self-isolating due to a member of their family being unwell with symptoms of Covid 19 are allowed to attend, but they should inform other mourners of their situation and separate themselves from them. The wearing of a face mask is recommended.
Those that are clinically extremely vulnerable should consider whether they are unnecessarily putting themselves at risk by attending a funeral. Should such an individual be in attendance, they should inform other mourners of their situation and separate themselves from them. The wearing of a face mask is recommended.
Mourners should wash their hands before leaving their homes to attend the funeral and bring with them means of sanitising their hands.
Mourners travelling by car to the funeral should only travel with their household/support bubble. If this is not possible, the driver/owner of the vehicle should thoroughly clean the inside the car and keep windows open. Although social distancing (2 mtrs) isn’t possible within a standard family car, attention to who sits where can help minimise the risk of transmission and the use of face masks is recommended.
Singing or any other activity that may encourage voices to be projected loudly is prohibited.
We will be operating a one way system in and out of the burial ground, however, mourners who use the car park need to ensure they adhere to the above relevant rules whilst parking-up.
DIRECT LINE FOR BURIAL ENQUIRIES AND ADVICE : 01444 238214
Burgess Hill Town Council is the burial authority for the parish of Burgess Hill, and it maintains the Burgess Hill Burial Ground which is situated on Jane Murray Way. The Burgess Hill Burial Ground was formally opened on 26 June 2004 and is expected to provide burial space for the town for the next 100 years.
The site has been sympathetically designed to blend in with its rural setting and the Green Woodland area provides an opportunity to enhance the environment whilst at the same time creating a living monument to loved ones.
There is good access to the site and water taps are conveniently situated. There are planning restrictions on the size of headstones (750mm high x 600mm wide) but there is a level of design flexibility within these parameters. The site is non-consecrated and open to all denominations. In addition, there is an area set aside for the burial of children, as well as a special site ‘The Glade’ for the scattering of ashes.
The Green area, with facilities for both burials and cremations, recreates traditional woodland, in keeping with the surrounding area, and a lasting habitat for the encouragement and protection of wildlife. The Green Burials area is located on the Northern side of the Burial Ground and has been there since its inception in 2004.
Click on the following link to download the Burial Ground Information Booklet and Application Forms 2020-2021 which includes all the relevant paperwork to be completed and returned to Burgess Hill Town Council, 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill, RH15 9AS.