Arranging a funeral

Arranging a funeral 

When someone dies, the executor or the nearest surviving relative of the person will be responsible for completing the statutory paperwork and carrying out any wishes about funeral arrangements. Please read about what to do when someone dies for further details. 

You must be a close relative of the person who has died to register a death.  You can find out more about registering a death and the documents you'll need here.  We use a scheme called ‘Tell us Once’ to inform other council and government services that a person has died, so you don’t have to contact them all yourself.  The registrar will explain how Tell us Once works when you register a death.  

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update

Despite the government relaxing lockdown restrictions, we expect constraints to be in place for public gatherings such as funerals for an extended period of time, which could be several months.

The number of people allowed to attend burial and cremation services is still restricted to immediate family only.

Along with adhering to social distancing, the crematorium staff are cleaning the chapel area between services. The use of hymn books and service sheets is suspended, along with family collections.

The crematorium grounds are open for you to visit. The gates will also be locked in the evening at 7pm, including Bank Holidays and at weekends until further notice.

We understand that the current stipulations will have an impact on the final farewell for your loved one and we offer our deepest condolences at this difficult time. The measures remain in place to protect families and staff, as well as yourselves.

Anyone wishing to delay a funeral until the lifting of such restrictions is advised that the wait could be several months.

The office remains open should you wish to phone us, but we request that you limit any enquiries strictly to up-and-coming services at what is a particularly busy and demanding time for our staff.

Appointing a funeral director 

If you're making the arrangements for a funeral, you may wish to appoint a funeral director.  You can find a list of local funeral directors below. Your funeral director can deal with collecting the deceased and will get the necessary medical certificates for you to register the death. 

They'll also make all the arrangements for the funeral, burial or cremation, and any religious service, that you choose.

The choice of funeral director is important, and it's a good idea to use a service that's been recommended to you. 

You can compare the prices charged by local funeral directors, and find out more about your options for arranging a funeral on the Funeral Choice or Beyond websites. 

Your funeral director should be a member of one of the following:

Please ask us if you want a list of the funeral directors operating in Barnsley. 

You don't have to appoint a funeral director.  If you're the executor or the nearest surviving relative, you can arrange a cremation or a burial yourself. We can advise you how to do this.  

You can also purchase memorials and urns directly from us, regardless of whether you have appointed a funeral director to make your arrangements. We have an excellent range of items, and buying directly from us can save you money.  Please see our information about memorials at the crematorium, memorials at the cemetery and our price list for burials, cremations and memorials for details.

List of local funeral directors

Funeral director Address Contact number
A Hadfield Ltd 249 Burton Road, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, S71 2QE (01226) 733444
A N Abraham Funeral Directors 10b Exchange Street, South Elmsall, Nr Pontefract, WF9 2RD (01977) 641315
B and C Funerals Suffolk Road, Sheffield, S2 4BX (0114) 2760211
B M and C Howard 92 – 92A Wakefield Road, Barnsley, S71 1NN (01226) 249911
Bartholemews Broom Valley Road, Rotherham, S60 2QH (01709) 363706
Bartholemews Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 3AB (01709) 363460
C Beaumont and Sons 5-7 Brampton Road, West Melton, Rotherham, S63 6AN (01709) 873101
C T Butterfield and Sons 1 Wood Street, Swinton, Rotherham, S64 8BA (01709) 582158
Co-op Funeral Care (Barnsley) 50 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, S75 1DR (01226) 282573
Co-op Funeral Care (Cudworth) 214-216 Barnsley Road, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8UH (01226) 716342
Co-op Funeral Care (Doncaster) 89/90 Spring Gardens, Doncaster, DN1 3DJ (01302) 342801
Co-op Funeral Care (Hemsworth) 59 Barnsley Road, Hemsworth, Wakefield, WF9 4QZ (01977) 615693
Co-op Funeral Care (Hoyland) 5 West Street, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 9AG (01226) 361493
Co-op Funeral Care (Pontefract) Salters Row, The Wool Market, Pontefract, WF8 1AZ (01977) 703222
Co-op Funeral Care (Rotherham) Clyde Villas, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, S65 2DA (01709) 828818
Co-op Funeral Care (Wombwell) 28 High Street, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0AA (01226) 759596
D H Maccabe 91 Houghton Road, Thurnscoe, Rotherham, S63 0JX (01709) 893152
Dearne Funeral Service Furlong Road, Bolton-upon-Dearne, S63 8JA (01709) 893431
Dyson Funeral Services Barnsley Road, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 7AH (01226) 762481
E Turner Funeral Directors 9 Wembley Avenue, Conisbrough, DN12 3LF (01709) 770011
Eric Eyre and Son The Funeral Home, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield, S65 3HR (0114) 2848202
Ernest Bedford 12 Holmfirth Road, Clayton West, Huddersfield, HD8 9NE (01484) 863589
Frank Hoyland The Funeral Home, Carr Head Lane, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, S63 8DB (01709) 890463
G M Charlesworth and Son 54 Barnsley Road, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8DJ (01226) 753208
G M Charlesworth and Son 36 Hoyland Road, Hoyland Common, Barnsley, S74 0PB (01226) 741561
H Cook & Son  19 Stead Lane, Hoyland Common, Barnsley, S74 0AB (01226) 743283
Hammerton Funeral Service 217a Wakefield Road, Barnsley, S71 1NT (01226) 283153
Harpins Funeral Services 7 Back Mount Pleasant, Stanley Road, Wakefield, WF1 2NN (01924) 371091
Howarth Funeral Service 160 Alverthorpe Road, Wakefield, WF2 9PY (01924) 376590
J D Burke 77 Queen Street, Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 1AF (01924) 892178
J Millwood and Son 1 Doncaster Road, Mexborough, Doncaster, S64 0HL (01709) 571515
John Fairest 10-56 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 1LQ (0114) 2343129
Morley, Rhodes and Wainwright 12 Radcliffe Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, HD8 9AF (01484) 862570 / 862095
Newsome's Funeral Service Weetshaw Close, Shafton, Barnsley, S72 8PZ (01226) 710528
Normington and Son 1a Mill Lane, Ryhill, Wakefield, WF4 2AL (01977) 700760
Peace Funerals 363 Halifax Road, Sheffield, S61 1AF (0114) 2330563
Peace Funerals Gleadless Mount, Sheffield, S12 2LN (0114) 2530505
Simon T Anderson 23 Dodworth Road, Barnsley, S70 6DW (01226) 733119
T W Birks and Sons Holme Valley Funeral Home, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, HD9 2PR (01484) 683322
W Hyde and Son Summer Lane, Barnsley, S70 2NW (01226) 282304
Wombwell Funeral Services 25 Park Street, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0HQ (01226) 750053

Civil funerals

A civil funeral is a non-religious service that's suitable for either a cremation or burial.  It's usually carried out by an official celebrant. You can find a local celebrant on the Institute of Civil Funerals website. 

Funerals abroad

You’ll  need to apply for permission from a coroner to move the body of someone who's died abroad for a funeral. This applies to bodies moved to Scotland, Northern Island, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as abroad. There are no restrictions for bodies moved between England and Wales. 

You’ll need to give the coroner a form from the registrar.  The coroner will say when you can move the body abroad.  This will usually be after four days notice, but in some circumstances, for example for religious reasons, it can be sooner.

You can contact the Barnsley Coroner’s Office on (01226) 736031.

Paying for a funeral

If the person who's died didn't have a pre-paid funeral plan, or money in their estate to pay for the arrangements, the responsibility is with their next of kin to pay for the funeral.

If you're receiving certain welfare benefits, you may be entitled to a funeral payment to help to cover the cost. You can read more about how to apply for a funeral payment on the GOV.UK website. 

If the person who's died didn't have any close relatives, or they're unwilling to arrange a funeral, please read about getting help with funeral arrangements.

Child Funeral Charity

The Child Funeral Charity can help bereaved parents of babies or children under the age of 16, with financial assistance and advice on funeral arrangements.  A professional working with your family can refer you to the charity for help, such as your funeral director, a nurse, or bereavement counsellor.  You can find out more about the work of the Child Funeral Charity on their website.