Out-of-hours Muslim burials at Reading cemetery

Related Stories

Muslim families will be able to bury their relatives at weekends and on bank holidays at a Berkshire town's cemetery following council discussions.

As part of a one-year pilot, the burials take place at Henley Road Cemetery in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, the borough council said.

The move comes after talks with Muslim organisations last year over possible out-of-hours options.

Community representatives will perform the burials at pre-excavated graves.

Islamic cultural practice requires that burials take place as soon as possible after death.

Nina Byrne, Reading's environmental health manager, said: "We are pleased that representatives from the Muslim community have come forward to work in partnership with the council and have taken on this important role."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Berkshire



Min. Night 5 °C


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.