Anyone can be cremated at South Shields Crematorium, irrespective of where they live or their religious beliefs.
The extensive grounds consist of a wide variety of flower borders, trees and shrubs that provide a tranquil and peaceful setting for the Memorial Gardens. For information about the wide range of memorials available, see memorials.
Cremated remains can be scattered in the Garden of Remembrance irrespective of where the cremation took place. To make an appointment, please contact us.
We hold regular open days so you can see behind the scenes at the crematorium and get a better understanding of the cremation process. If you'd like a private tour of the crematorium please contact us.
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 4pm
Friday: 8.30am to 3pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 4pm
Sundays and public holidays: 11am to 3pm
Mother's Day and Father's Day: 9am to 3pm
The Administration Office for the crematorium and the cemeteries is based here and is open Monday to Friday only.
The chapel is currently undergoing improvement works which includes increasing its capacity for services. While the work is underway, services will take place Wednesdays to Fridays only. The opening times of the grounds, as detailed above, are not affected. Find out more about improvements to South Shields Crematorium.
There is no restriction on the number of people allowed inside the chapel.
If the chapel is full, you can stand in the foyer where you'll be able to see and hear the service.
Outdoor speakers are available on request, so you can listen to the service from outside the chapel if you're uncomfortable coming inside.
An online streaming service is available.
Unless exempt, it is compulsory to wear a face mask while inside the chapel.
Hand sanitiser is available.
The Roll of Remembrance Chapel, Flower Chapel and crematorium office are open.
Online streaming of funeral services
If the person making the funeral arrangements has requested it, cremation services can be broadcast live on the internet at obitus.com.
You will need a username and password to access the broadcast. You must get these from the person making the funeral arrangements or the funeral director. South Tyneside Council is not permitted to release that information.
There is a charge for this service.
Baby and infant memorial services
A Baby and Infant Remembrance Service, held in conjunction with South Tyneside District Hospital, takes place in the crematorium chapel on the second Saturday of November every year.
The next one is at 3pm on Saturday 12 November 2022.
Hymns, prayers and readings are all part of the service. All families and friends of parents who have experienced a baby's death are welcome to attend.