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Cemeteries and crematorium during COVID-19

Find out when our cemeteries and crematorium are open and what changes we have made due to COVID-19.

Cemeteries, crematoriums and memorial gardens will remain open only for those attending funerals, visiting graves and paying respects to lost loved ones.

Visiting graves and memorials

Please see our opening times below, for those wishing to visit a grave or memorial.

To avoid visiting whilst a burial is taking place and the cemetery is closed, please scroll down to see the schedule for the current week.

Cemetery opening times

Site Monday to Friday Weekend
Hither Green Crematorium Open 9am to 5pm

10am to 3:30pm grounds only

Chapel, Book of Remembrance Room and WCs
10am to 3.00pm

Hither Green Cemetery * Open 10am to 5pm Open 10am to 5pm
Grove Park Cemetery * Open 10am to ⁠5pm Open 10am to 5pm
Ladywell and Brockley Cemeteries * Open 10am to 5pm
(Brockley entrance only)
Open 10am– to 5pm (Brockley entrance only)

* Please note that during these times, the cemeteries may need to close without notice when a burial is taking place.

Cemetery and crematorium office

The office is currently closed to the public. Please call 020 8314 3210 or email bereavement@lewisham.gov.uk.

10am–3.30pm grounds only. Chapel, Book of Remembrance Room and toilets close at 3pm.

Cemetery closed dates and time

We close our cemeteries to the public when there is a burial. Burial times for this week are below.

Week commencing 19 April 2021.

Grove Park cemetery

Opening times to accommodate burials:

  • Monday 19 April, gates closed 12.30 to 3pm
  • Tuesday 20 April, open 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 21 April, gates closed 12.30 to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 22 April, gates closed 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Friday 23 April, gates open 3pm

Hither Green cemetery

Opening times to accommodate burials:

  • Monday 19 April, gates open 3pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday 20 April, gates open at 3pm
  • Wednesday 21 April, open 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday 22 April, gates open 11.30am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 5pm
  • Friday 23 April, gates open 10am to 5pm 

Brockley cemetery 

Opening times to accommodate burials:

  • Wednesday 21 April, gates closed 12.30 to 3pm
  • Friday 23 April, gates closed 12.30 to 3pm 

Face coverings at the crematorium and burial chapels

Face coverings must be worn by law in indoor crematoria and burial ground chapels unless exempt for health, disability or other reasons.

Find out more about social distancing for mourners on the Government's website.

Remember me

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way mourn our loved ones; altering the ways we are able to say goodbye.

St Paul’s Cathedral has launched ‘Remember Me’, an online book of remembrance for all those who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. People of any faith, or none, are invited to contribute to Remember Me.

The initiative is being supported by HRH The Prince of Wales and a physical Remember Me memorial is planned at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Join with people across the UK in sharing stories and pictures of your loved ones.

Visit the Remember Me website.