Deaths, burials and cremations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thurrock Register Office

Thurrock Register Office is closed, except for pre-booked appointments to register a death.

Before booking an appointment to register a death, you must first have received a 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' (MCCD) from the doctor's surgery. Only when you have this certificate, you should call 01375 372 822 or 01375 375 245.

Only one person is to attend the appointment and provide the information to be registered. If you or anyone in your household shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must not come to the Register Office. Instead, you must stay at home and change your appointment date.

Following government advice, no other Register Office appointments can be made until further notice. This includes birth registrations, marriage or civil partnership notices or ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies, certificate requests, re-registrations and corrections. During this period, you can claim for child benefit or Universal Credit before your baby's birth has been registered.

Memorial or a headstone

You can have a choice of headstone, garden of remembrance – Corringham and South Ockendon cemeteries only – or a memorial plaque. A memorial plaque can be displayed in the gardens of remembrance.

Fees and charges apply.

Memorial applications

Before a memorial can be placed, repaired or altered, a memorial application must be completed and approved by the registrar.

A memorial application should:

  • have no abbreviations
  • show a comprehensive drawing of the memorial including the base and foundation stones showing dimensions
  • give full details of fixing method
  • be translated – if the inscription is in a language other than English then it must have an English translation, countersigned by a responsible person from the community

Once the application is approved and payment received, a permit to work will be issued to the memorial mason.

The permit should be handed to the registrar or the cemetery supervisor before any work is carried out. The memorial will be inspected by the registrar or the cemetery supervisor before and after fixing is complete.

These are standard regulations and the funeral director or stone mason should be able to offer you guidance.

Memorial forms

Memorial plaque application for:

  • Chadwell St Mary
  • Corringham
  • South Ockendon memorial gardens
  • North Stifford churchyard

Cremated remains memorial application for:

  • Grays New cemetery
  • Stanford-le-Hope cemetery
  • West Thurrock cemetery

You can apply for monuments and other memorials at Thurrock cemeteries using the form below.

Lawn section graves

Lawn graves have a headstone memorial placed at the head of the grave. They also have a small personalisation space up to 305 millimetres (12 inches) at the front of the headstone.

The remainder of the space will be grass and maintained by the council. You can not place any form of kerb memorial on a lawn grave at any time. The area is open for other people to access.

Items not allowed include:

  • fences, edging stone, surrounds
  • grave or decorative chippings
  • planting of any kind
  • glass, porcelain, brittle plastics, fragile items
  • noisy items
  • balloons
  • toys or ornaments

Memorial items are allowed in the personalisation area if they are not a nuisance, not a danger to people or not higher or wider than the headstone.

Items found outside the personalisation area will be moved to the approved area and the owner of the exclusive right of burial will be told by letter.

If there are too many or large items that can't be moved to the personalisation area, we will tell the owner of the exclusive right of burial by letter. These items will need to be moved in 14 days or stored on site for 1 month.

You can contact the registrar to collect stored items. Items will be disposed of after 1 month.

Safety inspections

Safety inspections are carried out every 5 years, either by our staff or qualified independent inspectors.

We comply with the Local Authorities' Cemeteries Order 1977.