Dealing with bereavement can be a difficult and emotional time, whether its registering a death, arranging a cremation or a burial Forest Row Cemetery our Bereavement advice is here to guide you through the administrative and legal procedures.


Arranging a funeral

You can arrange your burial direct with us or through your funeral director, it is important to note that no burials can take place on Sundays or Bank / Public holidays.

You will need to register the death with the Registrar for Births, Deaths & Marriages in the county where dead took place. if this was Forest Row you would need to register in Crowborough. Please click on the link below to arrange an appointment and find out further information.

Register a Death

Government Guide, What to do after a death.
this step by step guide will help you throuth the process on what needs to be done following a death.

Forest Row Cemetery has Full Burial Plots in the cemetery extension section and Cremated remains plots in main cemetery. All of our plots are Individually Blessed at time of interment and families would need to arrange for this to be carried out by their chosen minister. Grave spaces may be purchased at anytime and the Exclusive Right of Burial will remain with the purchaser for a period of 50 years, this enables families to plan ahead and decide where they would like their final resting place to be.

Sometimes, during excavations it is not possible to remove all of the soil from the area and this would will need to carefully cover the area adjacent to the grave. Where possible, graves with no memorials are chosen. After the funeral, the grave is backfilled with the soil and the area is cleaned and left in a tidy condition.

Floral tributes

After the service any floral tributes will be placed on top or the grave mound. A grave marker detailing the deceased persons name and grave number will be placed in the soil at the head of the grave.

Any floral tributes placed on the grave will be removed and disposed of six weeks after the burial has taken place.

It will take about a year for the ground to settle after a burial before you can erect a memorial. Fees are payable for the right to erect a memorial.

Ownership of graves
Burial fees
Application for burial including Ashes


The Community Centre
Hartfield Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5DZ

Tel: 01342 822661 Fax: 01342 825739
Office hours are:
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
Clerk: Mr David O'Driscoll
Assistant Clerk: Mrs Carolyn Coomber
Burials Clerk & Market Manager:
Mrs Sue Young
Admin Assistant & Allotments:
Mrs Janet Lamprell
Community Services Officer:
Mrs Sara Smart
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