Cemetery & Crematorium
The Government issued updated advice on 19th April regarding attendance at funeral services.
Each funeral venue has to make a decision on what is appropriate and manageable whilst maintaining social distancing of mourners within the chapel. The chapel at Boston Crematorium can accommodate up to 14 mourners, with the seats spaced at 2-metre distances. In order to keep everyone safe, the advice is that the number of mourners attending should be kept as low as possible in every case. Sadly, this means that families will need to make difficult decisions as to who will be able to attend a funeral, as we will not be able to admit any more into the chapel, and the doors will be closed during the funeral service. This is the guidance issued by H.M. Government as to who may attend:
- The number of mourners to be as low as possible to ensure a safe distance of at least 2 metres (6 ft) can be maintained between individuals.
- Alongside the Funeral Director, Chapel Attendant, and funeral staff only the following should attend:
- Members of the person’s household.
- Close family members.
- Or, if the above are unable to attend – close friends.
- Attendance of a celebrant of choice, should the bereaved request this.
No one else other than the above should attend. It is not acceptable for people to gather at the front of the crematorium, as the Government advice on mass gatherings (sports events, weddings, funerals etc.) remains unchanged.
Funeral services can be live streamed (at the request of the Next of Kin only) and viewed via a secure link if desired, and this will be available on demand for 7 days. It is important to note that you need to obtain permission from the family of the Deceased to view live streams.
We are very sorry to have to introduce these measures, but this is necessary to protect everyone, and is in line with Government requirements and advice issued by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities.
We are also taking the following measures to reduce the risk of infection:
- Mourners are asked not to touch the coffin to avoid the risk of cross infection.
- We have removed the hymn books but we are more than happy to photocopy the hymn for use in the service which can then be discarded afterwards. Please request this at the point of booking the service.
- We will be sanitising between services, door handles, seats, lectern, toilets and other surfaces.
- Hand washing facilities with soap and hot water are available in the toilets.
We want to reassure you that we will take every possible action to ensure that your service will be as safe from the Coronavirus as possible.
The Book of Remembrance room is now open, it can also be viewed online at: http://sites.bookofremembrance.co/index.php?task=main&site=boston
The office and public reception area is closed but contact can be made by telephoning 01205 314200 or emailing email@example.com
Support for the bereaved document translated
Translated versions of the guidance to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions have now been published.
Find out information about Boston cemetery, Boston crematorium and Fosdyke cemetery. You can also find out about memorials and access the online Book of Remembrance.
Boston cemetery is at the same site as the crematorium and directions can be found on the ‘how to find us’ page opposite.
Boston cemetery was opened in 1855 and since then nearly 38,000 burials have taken place. A full index of burials is kept at the cemetery office, and it is possible to locate every grave, given the name of the deceased and approximate date of death.
There are some 10,000 memorials in the cemetery, which the local Family History group has indexed and recorded. The cemetery office has a copy of this index also. Prior to the opening of this cemetery, burials would have taken place in local churchyards or in the former St. Johns Cemetery, Skirbeck Road, Boston. Records for St. Johns cemetery and older churchyard burials are kept at Lincoln Archives Office, Rumbold Street, Lincoln. St. Johns Cemetery has been cleared of memorials.
In the original part of Boston cemetery several impressive memorials can be found, the most famous of which is that to Sir Herbert Ingram MP, founder of the London Illustrated News. Ingram drowned along with his son, when the vessel they were aboard sank on Lake Michigan in North America. His body was returned to Boston and buried in the cemetery. Dogs are not permitted in the cemetery, except for guide dogs, or a dog accompanying a person attending a funeral service.
Opening times for Boston cemetery:
- November, December, January – 9am to 5pm
- February – 9am to 5.30pm
- March and October – 9am to 6pm
- April – 9am to 8pm
- May, June, July, August – 9am to 8.30pm
- September – 9am to 7.30pm
Boston crematorium opened in April 1966 and currently receives about 900 funerals each year.
The crematorium is set within 19 acres of landscaped grounds which are laid to lawn, with memorial rose beds, and many varieties of trees and shrubs.
There is car parking at the crematorium, a waiting room with public toilets, and also disabled persons toilet facilities. There are no catering facilities, but there are a number of cafes and teashops close by in the town.
Boston Borough Council is a member of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities.
For more information please use the contact details on the left.
Opening times for Boston crematorium:
- Offices & Chapel open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; closed weekends and public holidays
- Book of Remembrance open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; open weekends and public holidays 9am to 4pm
- Grounds – same as Boston cemetery
Book of Remembrance
The book of remembrance may be viewed at the crematorium 365 days a year and can be accessed online by clicking the link below.
Fosdyke cemetery is administered from the cemetery office at Boston.
This small village cemetery dates from 1952, and is located in Bell Lane, Fosdyke, within the borough of Boston. Fosdyke is approximately eight miles South of the town of Boston.