Burial or cremation?


When arranging a burial, it is important to be aware that you are entitled to burial rights within the parish you live. If your burial rights are in a cemetery, you may be able to purchase a plot in advance. If your burial rights are in a churchyard, purchase is not allowed as the ground is owned by the Church of England.

Purchase of a cemetery plot outside the parish in which you live may be possible, but it is likely that the purchase and interment fees will be increased or in some cases doubled by the local authority responsible for that cemetery.

For information on the cost of purchasing ground and the cost of an interment, visit our burial costs page.


When arranging a cremation, a choice must be made as to which crematorium to use.

Currently there is one crematorium in Northumberland called Cowpen Crematorium (pronounced “coopen”). The crematorium has one main chapel with seating for approximately 60 and an overflow chapel to which the service is relayed on a large screen. This has seating for a further 60 and both have some limited standing room.

There are additional crematoria in Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and Newcastle.Services are at 45minute intervals in all of these crematoria.

All crematoria have a garden of remembrance where ashes can be scattered. Alternatively the ashes can be collected by your funeral director for scattering or interring elsewhere.

For information on the cost of each chapel and each crematorium, visit our cremation costs page.

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