Public Health Funerals
There are occasions when people die and there are no relatives or friends available to arrange their funeral. In such cases the Nottingham City Council's Cemeteries and Crematorium team take on this role to fulfil a legal obligation under Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984.
In each case before the funeral arrangements are finalised attempts are made to establish whether there are relatives who wish to organise the funeral themselves. These attempts include talking to friends and neighbours, searching through the deceased's possessions and paperwork , placing requests for relatives in local newspapers and in local contact centres - The Mary Potter Centre, Bulwell Riverside, Clifton Cornerstone and St Anns Valley. This web site is now also being used to try and trace relatives under our Appeal to Trace Relatives. In all cases attempts are made to determine what the wishes of the deceased may have been regarding burial or cremation.
No matter whether the funeral is a burial or cremation, a committal service always take place in either in one of our chapels or at graveside and on those few occasions when no mourners are present the crematorium technicians are always present. Cremated remains of the deceased are usually scattered in the garden of remembrance unless other specific instructions are found amongst the deceased 's possessions or in a will. For burials an interment will take place in a non-private grave and although a headstone will not be erected plaques are permitted on the grave.
If you wish to find out if we have arranged the funeral of a relative or friend then please contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium team on 0115 915 2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org