Dalston Churchyard and Cemetery

An introduction to our burial service

The Parish Council operates a small cemetery in Dalston. This page describes the service we provide. It is our intention to offer a high standard of care, and options that ensure that each member of the community can arrange a funeral which is meaningful to them and their family. We are a community service and, as such, we have no commercial incentives and can offer you free help and advice.

Why is it helpful to read this feature?

The majority of people know little about funerals and how they can organise a funeral to satisfy their belief, lifestyle and other needs. This leaflet outlines some of the options in order to help you make a decision, beginning with burial and then issues such as independent funerals and funeral costs. We recognise that these details are particularly useful to people who consider funerals before death occurs. Otherwise, at the time of death, the distress is often too great and, indeed, many wrong decisions are taken as part of this ‘crisis’ arrangement. Many people prefer to ignore death and, indeed the death of someone close to us can be devastating. However, this crisis in our lives is only made worse when no Will or funeral instructions are left. It is caring and sensible to alleviate the distress of your partner and family by preparing for death, rather than ignoring it. It will also ensure that you get the type of funeral you want and it may greatly reduce funeral costs.

Cemetery Information

The Churchyard
The Churchyard is a closed burial ground having been fully utilised by 1864.

Funeral Information

Funeral Services

The Parish Council do not maintain a chapel in which to hold services. Consequently the funeral service is usually held at a local church, or elsewhere, prior to arrival at the cemetery. A short ‘committal’ service may take place at the graveside. This can be religious or secular, although some choose not to have a service at all. The service can be taken by anybody and a minister does not have to be used.

Grave Types

Purchased Grave

These graves are lawned. If a memorial is required it is to be placed at the head of the grave. These graves may be purchased in advance (see Reserved Grave) or at the time of death.

We try to avoid discrimination against anyone because of race, disability or belief. Please let us know if you have specific needs.

Grievance Procedure
We do our utmost to ensure errors and mistakes do not happen. In the event of a grievance please contact the Council Clerk as soon as possible, at the Council Offices.

Cemetery Location
The cemetery is adjacent to St Michael’s Church.

The cemetery is permanently open for visits.

Burials or internment of ashes cannot take place without the authorisation of Dalston Parish Council. Ashes may not be scattered anywhere in the Churchyard or Cemetery.

The cemetery is managed by Dalston Parish Council, Council Offices, Forge Green, Riverside, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 7QG

For all enquiries please contact us.