Deaths, burials and cremations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – registering a death

Thurrock Register Office is taking appointments by phone to register a death. Deaths must be registered within 5 days from the date of death.

You will need to contact the GP's surgery to confirm that the 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' will be scanned and sent by email to before your appointment. If the death has been referred to the coroner, you need to make sure their documents have been emailed to us before booking your appointment. To book your appointment, phone 01375 372 822.

On the date and time of your appointment, we will phone you to take information for completing the registration. We will also arrange to send you a death certificate, if you wish to order one. Paperwork for the funeral will be sent direct to your undertaker.

You can find further advice, including bereavement support, at GOV.UK: what to do when someone dies during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Burials (or 'interments') can take place at cemeteries on any week day but not on bank holidays. Muslim burials, which must take place within 24 hours, can take place at West Thurrock Cemetery on any day of the week.

There are memorial gardens for cremated remains at each cemetery. Cremated remains can also be placed in graves.

Applications can be made using the form below.

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Faith areas

All our cemeteries have an area that has been blessed – called consecrated ground – for Christian burials, as well as areas that have not been blessed.

There is specific Muslim burial section within West Thurrock Cemetery. Our procedure and practical guide for Muslim burials is provided below.

What happens after a burial

After a burial:

  • the ground will subside and settle for a few months
  • we will level the ground, seed and maintained it
  • we may remove any temporary markers on the grave

Burials next to your family grave

If a burial happens next to your family grave, then your family grave may be covered with earth for a short time.

The headstone will be protected and put back immediately after the burial has taken place.