Cremation: guidance for applicants
Information on how to organise a cremation, including how to apply for a cremation, declare your wishes regarding ashes, request medical certificates and declare fitted implants.
Applies to England and Wales
This cremation guidance has been revised to reflect the temporary changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided by Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 which came into force on 25 March 2022.
The forms remain unchanged, however, the cremation certificate (form Cremation 5) has now been permanently removed.
The amended Regulations and revised guidance will be in force from 25 March 2022.
This guide covers the most important things you need to do when organising a cremation, including how to:
- make an application for the cremation
- declare what you wish to happen to the ashes
- choose to inspect the medical certificates
- declare whether the person who died had any implants fitted during their lifetime
Last updated 25 March 2022 + show all updates
Revised guidance published to reflect the temporary changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided for in the Coronavirus Act 2020