Bereavement and Cemetery advice and information
Information about Lancaster City Council's cemeteries, and help and advice on dealing with bereavement.
Cemetery opening times
Other than Torrisholme Cemetery all of the council’s cemeteries are open twenty four hours a day for both vehicles and visitors on foot. At Torrisholme Cemetery the main gates are locked in the evenings. However, visitors on foot are still able to gain access to the cemetery twenty four hours a day by using the side gate situated beside the main front gates.
The cemeteries department is based in Morecambe Town Hall. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 1.30 pm to 5pm.
Grave registers are available for public viewing (by appointment) and are kept at the cemeteries department at Morecambe Town Hall. Any person who wishes to inspect them must first contact the cemeteries officer to make an appointment during office hours to view the registers.
There is no charge for this service.
Area plans relating to burial sections and individual grave spaces are also available for inspection. Any person who wishes to inspect these must first contact the cemeteries officer to make an appointment during office hours.
Tell Us Once
When someone dies, it can be a stressful and upsetting time.
As well as coping with the emotional distress that a death may bring, you will need to notify a number of different government departments and organisations.
Launching in the Lancaster district in November 2011, a new service called Tell Us Once will help to reduce the amount of time you need to spend contacting government departments and organisations.
We have produced a bereavement guide to advise you of the step by step help for those facing the loss of a loved one.
Advance decision (living will)
An advance decision (sometimes known as an advance decision to refuse treatment, an ADRT, or a living will) is a decision you can make now to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future.
It lets your family, carers and health professionals know whether you want to refuse specific treatments in the future. This is so that they will know your wishes if you are unable to make or communicate those decisions yourself.
For further information please see the NHS guide to advance decisions