Following guidelines from the Government all Reading Borough Council Offices are closed to the public until further notice. The Crematorium office is closed but can be contacted by telephone 0118 937 2200 or by email Funeral services are still taking place with a request that families try to limit attendees. We will update as soon as we have any further information.


Very rarely a body may require to be exhumed (to be removed from the ground). In order for an exhumation to take place, a licence from the Ministry of Justice must be granted. Approval will be required from either the Secretary of State or the Church of England, depending on the location of the grave and whether it is in consecrated or un-consecrated ground. The next of kin of the deceased and the grave owner will also have to grant permission for the exhumation to be requested. The process is undertaken with great care, diligence and privacy. Crematorium staff will be happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding exhumations.

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