Bereavement Services - Burial

Introduction to burials

The choice of burial or cremation is very personal, many people leave details with their families/representatives of their wishes in the event of their death.


If you haven't made a will, which details your wishes and how you would like your ceremony, please visit GOV.UK website  for more information on the importance of making a will and ensuring that it is legal. If you die without a will, the law says who gets what.

Registration Services

If you need advice on how to register a death please visit our registration of deaths web page

Funeral plans

There are several different types of funeral plans available from funeral plan providers. Funeral plans are designed to help you meet the cost of your funeral and it will detail the ceremony you would like. The funeral plan provider will pay the funeral director directly for your ceremony. You will need to determine what third party deferments are included within the plan, to ensure that all costs are covered.  Having a plan means your family won't have to get involved with the majority of finances or administration. If you need further advice on plan types please contact your preferred funeral director.

Types of Burials

  • Church of England,
  • Roman Catholic,
  • Muslim,
  • Non denominational,
  • Ba'hai,
  • Natural Burial.

These are some of the religions the Isle of Wight Bereavement services cater for, please contact us to discuss if your religious needs differ from the list above and you would like to use our service. Please use the online send a message to service form or call us to discuss your requirements.

Cemeteries on the island

The Isle of Wight Council is responsible for maintaining 12 cemeteries on the island.  We can accommodate both full burials, cremated remains interments and natural burials at our dedicated site in Northwood.

We recommend that you book an appointment with us, please use the online send a message to service form.

All council managed cemeteries are dug for 2 internments with the exception of the natural burial site situated in Northwood Cemetery, if you requirements differ from this please contact us.

Online list of cemeteries

Visit our online facility listing all of our cemeteries. Each listing provides a location map and information about the cemetery.


The Isle of Wight Crematorium is set in a rural woodland setting and provides visitors with a haven for quiet contemplation and remembrance.

We would recommend that you book an appoitnment with us if you require a cremation. We will support and advise you at each stage, there are several legal forms to complete before any cremation is allowed. Please view the information we provide on our cremation service.

Public Burials - Municipal funerals

This is when the council has a statutory duty to provide provision for burial where there are no relatives or assets. In the absence of satisfactory arrangements the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, requires the Local Authority to make arrangements for the disposal of deceased persons who have died in their area. To view our information on this service please visit our public burials web page.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

There are a number of war graves within the council managed cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. If you would like to learn more about their work please visit the CWGC website.