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Burials and cremations

Depending on the wishes and religious beliefs of the deceased, you must decide whether there is to be a burial or cremation.

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These details may also be found in the will, if there is one.

Burial

If the deceased has not already reserved a plot, one must be arranged and paid for. If no plot has been reserved, and you know of no preference, you must decide where you want the grave to be.

There are seven cemeteries within Hillingdon. Burials are usually held at the following:

  • Northwood cemetery
  • Cherry Lane cemetery
  • West Drayton cemetery

More information on Hillingdon's cemeteries »

Cremation

Cremations are usually held at Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip. Services for the bereaved take place in a peaceful location, with beautiful gardens, natural woodland and tranquil surroundings. When you arrange the cremation service the funeral director will arrange most of the paperwork, but you will need to provide the certificate of burial or cremation given to you by the Registrar.

Scattering of ashes

We do not permit the scattering of ashes or the installation of memorials in our parks and open spaces because the ashes contain minerals in such concentrations that they affect the soil and the plants that grow in the soil which in turn can affect wildlife that relies on the plants for food and shelter.  An alternative for keeping the connection with the Borough would be to consider The Gardens of Remembrance or an ashes plot at Breakspear Crematorium

More information

For further information on burial or cremation please contact Hillingdon Bereavement Services on 01895 556560, or visit the Breakspear Crematorium

Tell us Once Service

When someone dies you will need to notify a number of different government departments and local services with a lot of similar information. The Tell Us Once service makes this process much easier.

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Bereavement

Bereavement is a distressing experience. Here you will find useful advice for coping with the loss of a loved one »

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