Frequently Asked Questions about Burial and Cremation
What are the differences between burials in the Traditional, Lawned or Natural Burial sections of the Cemetery?
The main differences are the types of memorial permitted and the way the sections are maintained.
In the Traditional Cemetery sections you can erect larger memorials and you can enclose the grave space with a stone kerb. Grave spaces may also be gardened.
In the Lawned Cemetery sections there is a headstone border in which a stone memorial (maximum height 3 feet) can be erected leaving a small area of approximately 1 foot for planting. The rest of the grave area is turfed and mown.
The Natural Burial area is a resting place for those who wish to be buried among native trees, shrubs, birds and wild flowers.
What is the difference between Ordinary and Purchased graves?
A Purchased grave is when the Exclusive Right of Burial is purchased for a set number of years (currently 50) and a Deed of Grant is issued. This entitles you to erect a stone memorial and arrange future interments in the grave, subject to the terms of the Deed.
Ordinary (or Common) graves are available in the Traditional and Lawned sections of the Cemetery. If the Exclusive Right of Burial is not purchased, you may not erect a memorial or authorise other burials there.
Natural burial area graves can be either ordinary or purchased. The Exclusive Right in this instance would be for burial only.
How will I know what are the rules of the lawned cemetery?
You funeral director win give you a copy of the rules and answer any questions you may have. You can also view our rules and regulations webpage.
What facilities are there for disabled people?
We have allocated parking bays. Wheelchair access to the waiting room, Book or Remembrance, Garden of Remembrance, office and toilets. We also have braille service books available on request and hearing loop.
A map of the parking bays can be found here.
What happens at the crematorium on the day of the funeral?
The coffin is carried into the chapel and placed on the catafalque. Mourners can walk ahead to follow the coffin into the chapel. At the moment of committal the coffin will be obscured from view by curtains. Mourners can then leave the Chapel to view the flowers in the flower-viewing area.
How many people can the Chapel hold?
The Chapel comfortably seats about 80 people, we have an overflow chapel for services with a larger attendance, the service can be view via a live link on the TV screen.
Does cremation take place immediately?
The cremation will normally take place immediately after the service or ceremony. The Code of Cremation Practice requires cremations to take place on the same day as the service or ceremony unless the applicants prior permission has be given.
How do I know I receive the right cremated remains?
Each coffin is identified on arrival and a corresponding identity card is placed on the outside of the cremator as soon as the coffin is placed inside. Each cremator can only accommodate one coffin at a time and the cremated remains must be cleared out before the cremator can be used again. The identity card follows each stage until the cremated remains are placed in a storage container.
What can happen to the cremated remains?
Within our grounds, there are five different options for cremated remains:
- The can be communally strewn (buried loose) in the Garden of Remembrance or strewn in a designated place
- They can be strewn in the Garden of Rest where a memorial vase can be leased for a renewable period of 15 years
- They can be strewn in our Woodland Walk where the natural environment becomes the memorial
- They can be strewn or interred in an urn or casket in a Cremated Remains Plot for up to four placements at which a stone memorial can be raised where the Exclusive Right of Burial has been purchased
- They can be strewn or interred in an urn or casket in an existing grave to which the Exclusive Right of Burial has been purchased
Do I have to decide immediately what to do with the cremated remains?
No. To give you time to make the right decision, we can keep the cremated remains at the crematorium for one month, or you can take them with you and decide what you'd like to do at a later date.
What memorials are available at the Cemetery and Crematorium?
There are a range of memorials available including a Book of Remembrance, leather panels, memorial plaques, vases and seats. Please visit the memorials page for more information.
Can I show a video or slideshow during the service?
We allow for a projector or screen to be used during the service, however we do not have the facilities to provide this. We allow people to bring their own and set up before the service. Please note there is a limited amount of time to set up equipment before the service starts.
Can I have music during the service?
We have a music system supplied by Wesley Music, their library can be found at www.wesleymedia.co.uk. If you have a track you would like to play and you cannot find it on the library you can upload it to Wesley and they will send the track to our system. You can arrange this with your funeral director when you discuss music with them. The funeral director will then inform the crematorium of your choices and it will be ready for the service.
Do you have a waiting area?
We have a waiting area with seating and a water dispenser. There are a few pubs and cafes in the area to pick up food and hot drinks if you arrive early.
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