Decision details

Bereavement Strategy

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The Head of Bereavement and Coronial Services introduced the report which sought support for the development of a bereavement strategy and new cemetery provision for the city an agreed approach for member engagement throughout the lifespan of this work.



RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee:-


1.     Endorse the proposed work on the development of a bereavement strategy and new cemetery development.


2.     Approve the establishment of a task and finish group to report back to the Committee which will be:

a.     Separated into individually focused thematic groups which examine defined areas of the strategy (eg. burial provision for people of different faiths, or the role of cemeteries as natural green spaces).

b.     Delegate to the Executive Director of Neighbourhood Services authority to appoint to themed task and finish groups following an open invitation to all members of the Council to express interest.

3.     Note that the development of the strategy and work to explore new cemetery service provision will be overseen by the CPL committee by way of regular progress updates before final approval is sought for a delivery plan.


Reasons for Decision


To find a framework for member engagement which is inclusive from the outset. To deliver a strategy informed through public consultation to ensure bereavement services meet the needs of the citizens of Sheffield.



Alternatives Considered and Rejected


Do nothing. Services continue to deteriorate. Burial provision is exhausted. Work is not conducted in an inclusive and transparent way.


Report author: Ellie Fraser

Publication date: 17/11/2023

Date of decision: 13/11/2023

Decided at meeting: 13/11/2023 - Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee

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