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Our cemeteries and crematoriums

For many of us, a funeral provides a focal point during the first days of grieving the loss of a loved one. As times passes, having somewhere to go and remember them can be an important consideration too.

Making the right choices can be a daunting task at what is already a difficult time. At Sefton Council we make various options available for the funeral service and final resting place, so that families may choose what is best suited to them.

Find out more about our cemeteries and crematoriums below:

New graves can be accommodated at Bootle Cemetery, Duke Street Cemetery, Liverpool Road Cemetery (Birkdale) and Thornton Garden of Rest.

Graves that are purchased for full burials can be specified for up to 4 interments and also be used for the interment of up to 6 cremated remains.

Smaller grave plots, which can be purchased for burial of cremated remains only, are available at Thornton Garden of Rest and Liverpool Road Cemeteries.

Prices & Fees

Burials And Cremation Fees 2023-24 (pdf 183KB)

Prices are correct until 31 March 2025. 

Privacy Notice

Please take time to read the Burials and Cremations privacy notice. This will explain what information we hold about you, why we hold it and when we will contact you.

Burials and cremations privacy notice (pdf 480KB)

Paying your respects

Plants and ornaments

If you'd like to place ornaments or small plants on a grave, a soil border may be cut immediately in front of the headstone. This border should be no wider than the headstone and protrude no more than 18” from the front edge of the memorial base. The soil border should be edged with artificial stone, natural stone or wood. This will protect any items placed within it from grass-cutting machinery. Note that plastic or wire edging is not suitable as this is likely to be damaged by machinery.

Any flowers, bulbs or small plants you wish to plant, or any personal items you wish to place on the grave should be within the soil border area. All plants and items placed outside of the soil border will be removed by the Council.

Grounds maintenance

Grass on graves is mown fortnightly during the summer. Clippings are not collected and, during wet warm weather, grass clippings may be left headstone and kerbs.

Any soil border area would need to be maintained by the grave owner.

Public Health Act Funerals

If a relative has recently died and you are struggling to meet the costs of organising the funeral there are a few options available to you.

Grants and other financial assistance may be available via Department of Work and Pensions.        

There may be qualifying conditions or requirements to meet before being eligible for these, and it may take some time for payments to be made.

Guidance is offered by a number of voluntary sector organisations such as down to earth and citizens advice.

Ultimately the Council has a responsibility to undertake a funeral where no arrangements are being made – when there is no next of kin or next of kin who are unable or unwilling to make arrangements.

Within Sefton this function falls within the Environmental Health Domestic team – more information is on their pages.

If you wish to speak to a member of the team call 0345 140 0845 and log your details with the contact centre, or send an e-mail via the Contact the council.

A member of the team will be able to call you back soon after to discuss this with you.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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