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Deaths, funerals and cremations

The Council owns and manages the following two cemeteries in the district:

Cemetery name and address Opening Hours

Yew Tree Brake Cemetery

Speech House Road

Cinderford, Gloucestershire

GL14 3HU

7 days a week, all year

Summer (BST) - 9am - 8pm

Winter (GMT) - 9am - 5pm

Mile End Cemetery

Edge End Road, Mile End

Coleford, Gloucestershire

GL16 7DB

7 days a week, all year

Summer (BST) - 9am - 8pm

Winter (GMT) - 9am - 5pm

For information about other cemeteries in the area visit:

To contact the crematorium visit:

Burial enquiry

For information about individual burials at our cemeteries:

Search the burials register

This will provide an extract from our burial register.

To view the full burial register for our cemeteries, at our offices in Coleford, please call to make an appointment on: 01594 812514

Buying a grave

You can buy two types of grave

  • New unused grave
  • Pre-used grave

When buying a grave you will get a grave deed and hold the exclusive rights of burial for 80 years and allows a headstone to be erected on it. The right permits burials which allow room for a maximum of double depth:

We maintain the grass and lawn sections of the cemetery. Owners are responsible for individual plots, headstones and memorials which should be kept safe, tidy and in proper repair.

Only masons that are registered with us are allowed to carry out works in our cemeteries:

Financial assistance following a death

You may be able to get financial assistance to help with the costs of a funeral. To see if you qualify and to apply visit:

Veterans Bereavement Support is a charity that provides a specialist bereavement support network for both those who serve or have served in the armed forces and merchant navy and also their families when needed.

A bespoke service is available to families needing assistance with bereavement and support including advice on funeral arrangements. For further information visit:

Public Health Funerals

In certain circumstances the Council is required to make arrangements for burials. These are commonly known as national assistance burials.  The Public Health Act Funerals Procedures details the circumstances and procedures under which the Council will make funeral arrangements.

A list of assisted burials is available on our frequently asked FOI page


Exhumation means the removal from the ground or a body or cremated human remains or the disturbance of buried human remains.

Only the Home Office and/or Diocesan Registry can grant authority for an exhumation to take place. For advice or guidance on exhumations visit:

Home Burials

If you are considering the burial of a deceased person on private land, there are a number of matters that need to be considered prior to burial.