North Tyneside Councils Cremation and Burial Services

Bereavement Services manages the borough’s seven cemeteries and two crematoria providing a professional, caring and sensitive service which is responsive to the needs of bereaved families throughout North Tyneside and the surrounding area.

Crematoria The two crematoria within North Tyneside are, Tynemouth Crematorium which is situated within Preston Cemetery, North Shields and Whitley Bay Crematorium which is within Whitley Bay Cemetery.

Cremation services are available Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings (for which there is an additional charge). Each cremation service time allows for a maximum of thirty minutes in the chapel with the option to extend the service for an additional half hour, if available at the time of booking. Services can be tailored from traditional religious services with religious or classical music to family arrangements with any published music being played. At Tynemouth Crematorium there is also the option to have photo or video tributes played.

Cemeteries Burials take place Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings (for which there is an additional charge). Some cemeteries have designated areas for Muslim and Jewish burials. All cemeteries have consecrated (Church of England), Roman Catholic and general (other and non- religious) sections. Holy Cross cemetery has an area set aside for the Chinese community.

All cemeteries except Church Bank Cemetery in Wallsend have new grave plots available. New graves are normally dug with sufficient depth to take three burials unless there are religious considerations or ground conditions to prevent this.

We have a woodland burial section within Earsdon cemetery situated near the north east boundary of the cemetery and bordered by pasture land, the section is surrounded by mature trees and young saplings. Graves are marked with a small sandstone plaque so as not intrude on the natural setting.