Cemeteries and crematoriums around the borough
There are several cemeteries and crematoriums around the borough.
The cemetery grounds, the book of remembrance rooms and the memorial gardens are open every day:
- January: 9am - 4.30pm
- February: 9am - 5.30pm
- March and April: 9am - 6.30pm
- May-August: 9am - 7.30pm
- September: 9am - 6.30pm
- October: 9am - 5.30pm
- November and December: 9am - 4.30pm
Times of our cremation services
Our cremation services are held Monday-Friday between 10am-3pm. Weekend services are not available.
Services are usually scheduled every 40 minutes but you're able to book a double slot if you'd like a longer service.
The 40 minutes give 10 minutes for mourners to arrive, 20 minutes for the service and then 10 minutes for mourners to leave.
Charges for cremation services
These are the charges for cremation services at Rochdale Crematorium and Middleton Crematorium.
- Standard cremation - £755
This price includes the cremation fee, 20-minute service with mourners attending, medical referee, environmental fee, live online stream, music, ashes container and use of the chapel.
- Cremation only with no mourners attending, does not include any chapel music or live online stream - £454
- Additional 20-minute service - £113
- Live stream with 28 days downloadable access - £45
- A keepsake of the service on CD, DVD or USB stick - £50 for the first one, £25 for each additional copy
- Attended ashes scattering - £30
Booking a cremation
If you're looking to have a cremation at one of our crematoriums, your funeral director will need to request this on your behalf.
They can get in touch with us using the contact details on this page.
Scattering or burying ashes
When you book a cremation at our crematoriums, you'll be asked if the ashes are to be collected in a container or scattered. Scattering or burying ashes is not included in the cost of a cremation.
Scatter or bury ashes in a public place: you must have the landowner's permission to scatter or bury ashes in a public place, such as in a park.
Scatter or bury ashes on private land: you don't need permission to scatter ashes on your own land - for example, in your garden. If you want to scatter ashes on someone else's land, you should get the landowner's permission.
Metal recycling scheme
Recycling metals from a loved one following their cremation is a sensitive subject and we only do so with the express consent of the next of kin.
Following a cremation, there can sometimes be pieces of metal left over, such as from a tooth filling, a steel hip replacement, pins used to repair a bone fracture or parts of the coffin.
It's possible to recycle these metals through a nationwide scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.
We donate all the proceeds from the scheme to local charities that provide services and support for bereaved residents.
Request the money generated from recycling metals after a cremation
If you're a local charity that offers bereavement services to borough residents, you can apply to receive a donation from the money we've generated by recycling metals after a cremation.
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for an application.
Finding a grave in our cemeteries
If you'd like to find the location of a loved one's grave, you can access the burial records.
Burial records give the date and place someone was buried. The records can also sometimes include the grave number and a map showing the location of the grave in the cemetery.