Burials and Cremations

The death of a loved one can be very distressing and there are arrangements that must be made before a funeral can take place.

We are committed to providing as much assistance as possible to guide you through this difficult time.

The three cemeteries that Mendip District Council maintain are:

  • Street (Cemetery Lane)
  • Shepton Mallet (Waterloo Road)
  • Frome (Warminster Road)

Glastonbury cemetery is owned by Glastonbury Town Council and Wells cemetery is owned by Wells City Council

Most funerals are provided through a funeral director who can provide a professional service. Some people may prefer not to use a funeral director, which is legal.

The former Mendip Hospital cemetery is looked after by the Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery.

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There is no cost to register a death. The registrar will issue a document to enable the funeral to take place and also a document for the DWP which will clear up any outstanding pension or benefit.
Most funerals are conducted through a funeral director who can provide a complete service. Some people may prefer not to use a funeral director, which is legal.
When choosing a grave there are a number of options to consider, please see the information below.
If you are planning to have a memorial placed on a grave, there are a number of things that you need to know.
Cemetery and memorial fees in the Mendip area.
In England there is no law prohibiting burial on private land. Cemeteries require planning permission but a place of burial without fences or gravestones is not a cemetery in planning law.
Green or woodland Burials are all about choice. They are not going to suit everyone but they do provide a choice for those who are interested in this type of environmentally friendly interment. Any religion can be catered for as there is not any particular religious affiliation.
For details on grants available please contact your nearest Benefits Agency.
Exhumations are generally rare and tend to be traumatic for the family involved. They can take a long time to arrange and are usually expensive. For these reasons, it is always best to consult with all the relatives before proceeding.
You can request a search of all burial registers maintained and kept by the council to help with carrying out a family history search.