Shropshire Council

Registering a death and funeral gatherings during the Coronavirus outbreak

24 March 2020 Last updated at 05:08
All death registration appointments are suspended with immediate effect due to the government requirement that all citizens must stay at home. Emergency legislation should be passed later this week to enable us to take registrations of deaths over the telephone. If you suffer a bereavement and need to register a death, please do not go to hospital, hospice or GP practice to collect the medical certificate of cause of death, your doctor will email this in to Shropshire Registration Service. Please phone the Council on 0345 678 9016. You will be asked for your name and contact details, the name of the deceased, their date of death and place of death, these details will be taken and passed to the registration service and we will contact you as soon as we are able to proceed with a registration.

With immediate effect and until further notice, funeral gatherings within the Chapel at Longden Road Cemetery and within the Service Room/Chapel at Emstrey Crematorium, Shrewsbury, must be limited to those officiating and immediate families only. By immediate families we mean Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Spouses, Offspring.

Further, we request that the following do not attend a funeral service at the locations referenced above:

  • anyone displaying Covid 19 symptoms
  • anyone who is required to self-isolate
  • anyone who has an underlying health condition

We strongly advise anyone over the age of 70 does not attend

We request for those that do attend, where they are not from the same household that social distancing requirements are strictly adhered to, by social distancing we mean at least a 2 metre gap of separation.

Emstrey Crematorium is able to live stream funeral services to those unable to attend, please enquire via your chosen Funeral Director to arrange this service.