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Arrange a cremation

The government’s cremation guidance for applicants provides information on how to organise a cremation.

Contact us to arrange a convenient time for the cremation to take place. We need at least three working days’ notice. You will then need to send us a cremation application form, your preliminary funeral service instructions and the medical certificates.

The service

A funeral director can help make your funeral and cremation arrangements, and advise you on all the procedures and documents that you will need. If you choose not to employ a funeral director, we can help you make all the necessary arrangements – contact us to discuss your requirements.

You can order floral arrangements for your service from Flowers by: Elizabeth Jane. They have a range of tributes to choose from, or will work with you to create a bespoke display.

We have access to an extensive library of music to play at your service. We will try to source anything you request that we do not have.

You can show photos and video clips on a screen during your service if you are holding it in our West Chapel.

After the cremation

There are numerous options for placing a memorial to commemorate your loved one at the grave or in our crematorium’s Gardens of Remembrance.

You or your funeral director can collect the ashes from the crematorium.

If you want to scatter them in the grounds, we can help you choose a suitable location. We have a duty of care to record all ashes that are scattered in our grounds. Please contact us to arrange this.

We are happy to look after the ashes for you until you decide what you want to do with them. We will apply a charge for doing this after three months.