Deaths, burials and cemeteries


The death of a loved one is often a distressing time. Unfortunately there are administrative requirements which must be followed after a death and these can add to the burden for the bereaved. We can help steer you through this difficult time.

A death must be registered in the district in which the death occurs. However, if a death occurred in another district, a declaration can be attested at any Register Office and forwarded on to the relevant Register Office which will issue all the necessary documents.

To make an appointment to register a death please contact the relevant register office

Burial choices

All Amber Valley Borough Council's cemeteries are maintained as traditional lawn areas with the exception of the woodland site. Burials take place in a grave in ordered rows with the headstones placed in line. Within Heanor, Ripley and Leabrooks cemetery there is the choice of having the grave with or without a concrete plinth. This system allows for a headstone to be placed immediately on the grave without waiting the advised 6 months for the ground to settle.

The woodland site at Belper moves away from the more traditional, and allows for a burial in a natural environment. The site is within Belper Cemetery on the eastern slopes of the Derwent Valley and is surrounded by a wood. This area will take many years to establish, at present it is managed as grassland to encourage the growth of wild flowers, with a small amount of tree planting being undertaken. All graves within the woodland are marked and recorded, memorials are not permitted within the site. Further information can be found in the 'helping you with woodland burials' leaflet in the related documents section.

It is possible to place cremated remains in the garden of remembrance sections of all our cemeteries or within existing family graves.

Buying a grave

Amber Valley Borough Council does not offer the facility to pre-purchase graves prior to burial.

The purchase of a new grave is offered at the time of arranging a burial with the funeral director.

At this time the Council will try and accommodate the family's wishes in relation to the site, but generally burials take place 'next in line'.

It is possible however, to approach a funeral director and arrange a pre-paid plan or bond for when the time comes.

It is always advisable to make your wishes known to your family or solicitor.


An 'exclusive rights' deed is issued on the purchase of a new grave.

This deed gives the rights to the owner, for a period of 50 years to request the re-opening of a grave and the right to erect a memorial.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841565 or email