Making Funeral arrangements

Arranging a cremation

Our crematorium is located within Kingston Cemetery on Bonner Hill Road, KT1 3EZ.

Services are available throughout the week 9am - 4.20pm. Weekends are by appointment only (weekend surcharge applies). Service length is 40 minutes.

Set a date for the Crematorium

Once you have selected a date you would like, contact us to make an appointment for a cremation service. Several statutory forms need to be in place before cremation can take place. Normally three to four days should give you enough time to complete the necessary forms, unless due to public holiday or the death has been referred to the Coroner.

Get the paperwork in place

We need to receive all the forms a few days in advance of the service - the latest we will accept the forms is 10am on the day before the cremation.

Forms are available from your chosen funeral director or can be requested via our office and we will send them to you by post or electronically.

 You will need the following papers: 

  • Preliminary application for cremation - This confirms your appointment with us, provides details of the type of service you wish us to provide and your instructions for care of the cremated remains.
  • Application for cremation (Form 1) - This must be completed by the nearest surviving relative or executor. If this is not possible please explain why someone else has applied.
  • Medical Certificate (Form 4) - If the death was not referred to the Coroner, a medical certificate known as a Form 4 (Certificate of Medical Attendant) is needed to confirm the cause of death. Contact the doctor that attended to the deceased, let him or her know that the body is to be cremated and the Doctor will complete Form 4. There is a fee for the certificate which you pay to the doctor or hospital.
  • Corners Certificate (Form 6) - This will be issued by the Coroner following a post mortem with or without inquest and will take the place of Medical Certificates Forms 4 and 5. There is no fee for this certificate.
  • Authority to cremate (Form 10) - We will complete this form. This is usually incorporated on the reverse of the medical certificates. We will arrange for this to be signed by the Medical Referee.The Medical Referee visits the crematorium to inspect all the documentation and if in order he/she gives written consent that a cremation can take place. Without this consent the cremation will not go ahead.

Decide how you deal with the ashes

During the cremation process the person’s body turns to ashes. You have a choice in how you deal with the ashes:

  • scattered in a garden of remembrance at the crematorium
  • placed in an niche at the crematorium or within a cremated remains grave or existing family grave within our cemeteries
  • taken away in an urn - you can remove the ashes to scatter or bury elsewhere (you may need prior permission depending on where you choose to scatter the ashes)

If you are unsure how you want to dispose of the ashes the crematorium may hold them for you whilst you decide.

 Please refer to our storing or scattering cremated remains page for further information.

Direct Cremations

Direct cremation is an industry term for a cremation conducted with no ceremony or services. The funeral industry often prefers to refer to a direct cremation as a ‘simple cremation’, a ‘basic cremation’, or ‘No ceremony cremation’. The funeral director’s services are merely those to collect, complete the legal paperwork and take a loved one to Kingston Crematorium to conduct the cremation process. The cremated remains are then returned to your Funeral Director, your nominated representative or you can collect into your care direct from Kingston Crematorium yourself. 

Direct cremation allows choice for taking ownership of a simple funeral arrangement and as the least expensive cremation option is growing in popularity due to the rising cost of a traditional funeral. You can then celebrate the life of a loved one at a location that is meaningful to you. You do not need to employ a funeral director and can make the necessary arrangements yourself with family and friends. 

Kingston Crematorium direct cremation fee is £305. This includes:

  • the statutory Medical Referee authorisation
  • scattering of the remains within our grounds which you are welcome to attend or
  • removal from our care in an environmentally friendly container complete with Certificate of Cremation or in a container of your choice

Your loved on can be brought into our care a day prior to the cremation date or on the day at 8.30am.

Please contact us if you would like further information and we can discuss the best options for you and your circumstances.

Other crematoria and cemeteries

You can view a directory of all cemeteries and crematoria in the UK on the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s website.

Last Modified: 18/10/2022 13:46:35