Cremations account for just over 70% of all services in the UK. This majority means it is likely that you will need to find a crematorium in order to organise your deceased loved one's funeral. A crematorium is a building in which coffins containing someone who has died are burned to ashes. A cremations are usually preceded by a funeral service attended by the family and friends of person who has died.
By finding the right crematorium, you will have more than somewhere to host your loved one’s funeral. You will also find dedicated professionals who can assist you through the legal requirements, such as paperwork, and advise you on what to do with the deceased ashes after the cremation. Many crematoriums will have a memorial site, for example a garden of remembrance, where you can bury or scatter your loved one’s ashes. Therefore, this is something to consider when searching for a crematorium.
You can currently choose from around 300 crematoriums spread out in various locations across the UK. Some of these are run by the local council while others are privately run. There is no requirement to be a local resident near to the crematorium you use. You are free to decide which one you prefer and feel comfortable handling your loved one's remains. However, local residents may pay a slightly lower rate, especially with council run crematoria.
Below we have some useful links and resources to assist you in your search for the right crematorium in your area.