Isle of Wight Council

Bereavement Services - Burial

Introduction to burials

Covid-19 Update

 The Isle of Wight Crematorium will be restarting some of it's services from the 20 July 2020. These are:

  • Opening the Book of Remembrance Room.

The following will also be available but by appointment only:

  • Witness scatterings.
  • Crematorium and burial memorial enquiries/applications.
  • Collection of loved one's ashes.

Please call 01983 88228 to make an appointment for any of the above services. For anything else please email

Other than the reopened services above, crematorium offices will remain closed. The crematorium grounds are open to the general public, please make sure you keep to social distancing guidance and take as few people as possible with you.

Further details about funeral services can be found in the guidance Accessing the Crematorium during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Isle of Wight Crematorium web streaming service

The Isle of Wight Council has installed new cameras and software in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, so that we can provide live web streaming facilities at the Isle of Wight Crematorium. This service allows grieving families and friends to say their final goodbyes to their loved ones online, as COVID-19 social distancing is maintained within the crematorium. This digital service protects the online security of individuals private service and helps people to celebrate the life of their loved ones. If you wish to use this service please read the web streaming service guidance document.

Support services for the bereaved

Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 01983 523 030
National Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Mountbatten Hospice Bereavement Support For All
Bereavement Support Line: 01983 217346

The Good Grief Trust

St Mary’s Hospital Bereavement Service (for loved ones who have passed away at the hospital only)
Tel: 01983 534615 (between 9am-3.30pm)

Isle of Wight Youth Trust (counselling service for under 25’s)
Tel: 01983 529569

The choice of burial or cremation is very personal, many people leave details with their families/representatives of their wishes in the event of their death.


If you haven't made a will, which details your wishes and how you would like your ceremony, please visit GOV.UK website  for more information on the importance of making a will and ensuring that it is legal. If you die without a will, the law says who gets what.

Registration Services

If you need advice on how to register a death please visit our registration of deaths web page

Funeral plans

There are several different types of funeral plans available from funeral plan providers. Funeral plans are designed to help you meet the cost of your funeral and it will detail the ceremony you would like. The funeral plan provider will pay the funeral director directly for your ceremony. You will need to determine what third party deferments are included within the plan, to ensure that all costs are covered.  Having a plan means your family won't have to get involved with the majority of finances or administration. If you need further advice on plan types please contact your preferred funeral director.

Types of Burials

  • Church of England,
  • Roman Catholic,
  • Muslim,
  • Non denominational,
  • Ba'hai,
  • Natural Burial.

These are some of the religions the Isle of Wight Bereavement services cater for, please contact us to discuss if your religious needs differ from the list above and you would like to use our service. Please use the online send a message to service form or call us to discuss your requirements.

Cemeteries on the island

The Isle of Wight Council is responsible for maintaining 12 cemeteries on the island.  We can accommodate both full burials, cremated remains interments and natural burials at our dedicated site in Northwood.

We recommend that you book an appointment with us, please use the online send a message to service form.

All council managed cemeteries are dug for 2 internments with the exception of the natural burial site situated in Northwood Cemetery, if you requirements differ from this please contact us.

Online list of cemeteries

Visit our online facility listing all of our cemeteries. Each listing provides a location map and information about the cemetery.


The Isle of Wight Crematorium is set in a rural woodland setting and provides visitors with a haven for quiet contemplation and remembrance.

We would recommend that you book an appoitnment with us if you require a cremation. We will support and advise you at each stage, there are several legal forms to complete before any cremation is allowed. Please view the information we provide on our cremation service.

Public Burials - Municipal funerals

This is when the council has a statutory duty to provide provision for burial where there are no relatives or assets. In the absence of satisfactory arrangements the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, requires the Local Authority to make arrangements for the disposal of deceased persons who have died in their area. To view our information on this service please visit our public burials web page.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

There are a number of war graves within the council managed cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. If you would like to learn more about their work please visit the CWGC website.