Poole has 4 cemeteries, before a burial can take place, you must complete the burial application form and submit it to the Bereavement Team 3 days before the proposed burial.
Download the burial application form
Tel: 01202 265235
Rights of burial
All new burials in Poole have Exclusive Rights of Burial. This means that when you purchase a burial plot, you have the legal right to determine who will be interred in it. The Right is for a set period of either 50 or 100 years.
When you purchase the plot, you will be issued with a Certificate of Grant of Right of Burial. This needs to be kept safe for when the grave is re-opened for further burials or if a headstone needs to be erected.
Please contact the Bereavement Team if you would like to discuss the purchase of a burial plot.
Preparing a grave for a burial
If you are arranging a funeral, please let us know the outside measurements (width, length and height) of the coffin you have chosen. A Funeral Director will do this for you if you are using one. This allows us to prepare the grave to the correct size.
If somebody dies and there are no relatives, friends, will beneficiaries or executor to organise their funeral, the Coroner's Office will contact Environmental & Consumer Protection for burial assistance. Details of funerals carried out by the Council are available in the downloads section and are updated quarterly.
If somebody dies and there are no relatives, friends, will beneficiaries, or executor to organise their funeral, we are advised by the Coroner's Office. They will make the necessary arrangements.
Where money is an issue and you are in receipt of certain benefits or entitlements you may qualify for a funeral payment.
Page last updated: 21 November 2018