Update on funerals and cemeteries 28 May
On 23 March, the Prime Minister announced that all social events - excluding funerals - must stop to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Following discussions across the region, Solihull Council along with most councils in the West Midlands, took the decision to permit up to ten mourners to attend a funeral. In accordance with the government’s guidelines this should usually be from the deceased’s household or close family.
As the government relaxes the current restrictions, the council will review the situation in Solihull and the limit on attendance. We hope to strike a balance between enabling people to attend funerals with the importance of keeping mourners and staff safe from exposure to coronavirus.
Memorial sales, memorial headstone permitting, buying graves in reserve, scatterings and cremated remains interments are all suspended until further notice.
Solihull Council will open Widney Manor Cemetery on weekdays, 4 – 6pm, from Monday 1 June. The council took the decision in line with government guidance and after monitoring the situation.
Opening times at cemeteries for personal visits to graves and memorials are as follows:
- Woodlands/Robin Hood: Saturday/Sunday only, 9.00am to 6.00pm
- Widney Manor: Monday to Friday, 4.00pm to 6.00pm; Saturday/Sunday, 9.00am to 6.00pm
Weekday opening is possible at Widney Manor as there is no crematorium, so numbers of funerals are much lower. The number at Robin Hood and Woodlands remains high, so access continues to be to those attending a funeral apart from weekends. The council plans to relax these restrictions as numbers of funerals fall. Waiting rooms, book of remembrance rooms and memorial rooms remain closed at all times.
Social distancing guidance should be followed when visiting a cemetery and people should not gather in groups. Visits should normally be limited to an hour, to prevent congestion and allow others to visit.
Mourners are welcome to use mobile phones to film and share funeral services with those not able to attend, using media platforms such as Facebook Live provided they have permission from the funeral applicant and the officiant/minister. We are also offering free webcasting at Robin Hood and Woodlands during the pandemic.
You can find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions here.
Please note - Memorials online is limited to orders for entries in the Book of Remembrance while the Bereavement Services Team concentrates on its response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Memorial Options Store
Parks and open spaces
Various memorials to commemorate your loved ones are also available within Solihull parks. Visit our park memorial page for further information.
Book of Remembrance
The book is open every day.
Viewing can also be done by accessing the electronic book of remembrance sited within the memorial book room or online.
Download an application form
If you would prefer to complete a paper application form you can find a suitable memorial from the following list: