Guidance

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.

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This cremation guidance has been revised to reflect the temporary changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided for in the Coronavirus Act 2020 which came into force on 26 March 2020.

The forms remain unchanged - the link to the form for confirming details of the cremation certificate (form Cremation 5) has been removed.

The amended Regulations and revised guidance will be in force until further notice.

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
Published 19 January 2012
Last updated 3 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Revised guidance published to reflect the temporary changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided for in the Coronavirus Act 2020

  2. Guidance updated.

  3. First published.