Cemeteries and Bereavement Services

Bereavement Services News and Events

General News – Updated 10/11/2022

Remembrance Day Service

Remembrance Day Service will be held at East Herringthorpe Crematorium at 10:30am, on Friday 11th November 2022.
This will take place at the Normandy Veteran Association Memorial and flagpole.
Everyone is welcome.

Christmas Carol Service

Dignity are holding a Christmas Carol Service in East Herringthorpe Crematorium Chapel at 6pm on Wednesday 30th November.
There is onsite parking available. 
Everyone is welcome.
The address is Rotherham Crematorium, Ridgeway, Rotherham, S65 3NN

Role and Responsibilities of RMBC Bereavement Services

Through regular site visits and collaborative working with Dignity, Bereavement Services are responsible for managing the contract between Rotherham Council and Dignity to ensure that contractual obligations have been met alongside fulfilling other projects that have been agreed.

Roles and Responsibilities of Dignity

Dignity is contracted by Rotherham Council to provide all operational aspects within the cemeteries and the crematorium and to maintain the cemeteries and keep them to a high standard for cemetery users and visitors. Dignity is the main contact for all operational matters raised by cemetery visitors and the public. Their office is based at East Herringthorpe Crematorium and Cemetery.

Dignity is contractually obliged to work with cemetery friends’ groups and offer support and advice where they can. Their officers are available to attend and facilitate periodic meetings with groups and have successfully worked alongside existing groups to make several improvements.

Roles and Responsibilities of Glendale

Glendale Services are subcontracted by Dignity to ensure all the grounds are maintained to a high standard.

Some tasks include:

  • Maintaining rubbish bins
  • Cutting large grass areas
  • Tree management
  • Making sure walkways and paths are clear and safe
  • Keeping all drains clear
  • Making sure all taps, fixtures and fittings and facilities are in good working order
  • Safely digging graves and facilitating burials.

Contact Information

RMBC Bereavement Services:  Bereavementservices@rotherham.gov.uk

Dignity Funerals Limited                                                                           
East Herringthorpe Cemetery                                       
S65 3NN
Tel: 01709 850344

Death Cafés

RMBC Bereavement Services are working in conjunction with Libraries to provide Death Cafés across the Borough. 
Death Cafés are informal events with no set agenda to bring people together to talk about their experiences and to give people somewhere they can go to speak to others which helps prevent isolation. There are sometimes professionals present from Funeral Directors or the Hospice to answer question, dispel myths and help make talking about death less of a taboo subject.
It is important to note that a Death Café is not a specialised grief support or counselling session though staff can sign post individuals to these services where required.
There is no date set for the next Death Café to take place at present, this page will be amended when this has been confirmed.