Deaths, funerals, cremations and cemeteries

Funeral services

This information was updated 05/01/2021.

From Monday 4th January 2021 due to high demand for services East Herringthorpe Crematorium will offer service times from 9am to 6.30pm and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

The length of crematorium services provided are 30 minutes to allow for a 20 minute service to take place with adequate time to disinfect the chapel between services to ensure a COVID secure environment. These services come at a reduced cost of £775 per service. Webcasting of services in the crematorium chapel remains available at no additional charge.

All funeral services can now be attended by a maximum of 30 mourners under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020. It is important to ensure that excess numbers are not encouraged to attend the funeral as it could be prevented from proceeding and police may be requested to attend to disperse excess numbers.

We know how difficult it can be to not attend a loved one’s service. This may be because a person is shielding or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or the maximum 30 persons has been reached. To enable as many people as possible to be part of the service, a live recording (webcast) of the service is being offered for crematorium services at no further charge, please request this through your funeral director.

All mourners are asked to wear a face covering and adhere to two metre social distancing throughout by those not in the same household or support bubble as defined in government guidance. See face coverings guidance

During these difficult times, it is helpful if families can work closely with funeral directors to use all of the times being offered for services, allowing families to continue to be able to grieve for their loved ones in the way that they wish.

Registering a death

All deaths need to be registered in the district in which they took place, a burial or cremation can take place outside of that district. The Registrar of Births and Deaths can issue you with and advise on the appropriate paperwork.

Please click the link below for more information on registering a death in Rotherham.

Register a death

Support following bereavement

It is usual for people to be unsure of what to do following a bereavement. Bereavement Services in Rotherham are delivered on the Council's behalf by Dignity Funeral Services, who can take you through the initial steps and provide advice on other things you may need to think about when someone you know dies. You can also access support and advice through the Listening Ear service or via the RotherHive website.


Dignity Rotherham

Listening Ear

A support service was launched in April 2020 that provides access to free, confidential support during the Coronavirus Pandemic for those who have lost a loved one and those who need support, guidance and advice. This service is called Listening Ear.

Who can refer you/others to the Listening Ear service?

· Self

· Police

· Primary care staff

· Hospital bereavement services staff

· Mortuary staff

· Funeral directors

· Coroner’s office

· GP’s

· Crematorium and bereavement services staff

· Community and faith organisations

For meaningful support, advice and guidance call freephone 0800 048 5224 or visit

Available Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm


To support mental health and wellbeing a new service called RotherHive has been launched online. RotherHive provides a range of verified practical mental health and wellbeing information, support and advice for adults in Rotherham which includes bereavement support.