Walton Lea Crematorium
Services take place in the chapel at Walton Lea every 40 minutes, however the chapel may be hired for a further 40 minutes if required.
During a funeral service it is optional to have the curtains drawn across the catafalque or left open. This instruction must be given to both crematorium staff and clergy members prior to the funeral taking place.
Plasma screen facility
A plasma screen facility is now available and is proving to be a popular choice with families. The facility allows for images to be shown during the funeral service.
Please note it's important that you have the permission of the funeral director/funeral celebrant before you explore this option. Bereavement Services require a completed application/consent form (obtainable from your chosen funeral director) for multimedia devices to be handed in with the device 48 hours prior to the funeral taking place.
This is to ensure that the content is suitable and free of any potential technical issues. A small charge is made for the use of the facility.
We have a large and wide-ranging catalogue of music [pdf] available for funeral services, however it's possible for families to bring their own music in advance of the funeral.
Our chapel organ is also available to use for a small charge.
Remains won't be given to any other person without your consent in writing. If you're coming in person you must bring identification in order to collect remains.
We provide areas in our gardens where remains may be strewn free of charge, alternatively remains may be interred within a plot in the Garden of Remembrance for a charge. Should families wish, it's possible to make an appointment to witness the strewing or interment of remains.
A range of memorials are available, further details are in the cremated remains section. Floral tributes may be placed in the vases surrounding the Book of Remembrance room.
Garden of Remembrance
Cremated remains may be interred in a plot within our garden of remembrance, with a maximum of three interments in each plot. We'll retain ownership of the plot and any future burials will be at our discretion.
Garden of Contemplation
Our Garden of Contemplation is now open, situated by the side of the chapel, offering four different types of memorialisation for a 5 or 10 year lease period.
- The Panorama Sanctum - This is made from polished granite and is a circular columbarium housing 32 cremated remains in vaults, each large enough to securely accept three standard sized caskets. The plaques can include a photo or design of your choice from our catalogue or something more individual. Posy vases can be purchased as extra.
- Memorial Wall Plaque - Memorial plaques are attached to the brick wall in the Garden of Contemplation and available in two sizes, 215x215mm and 215x65mm. They bear your choice of epitaph and can include a photo or design.
- Garden Block Vase - Placed within the Garden of Contemplation the Garden Block comes with a silver posy vase for cut flowers and offers a plaque bearing your choice of epitaph to your loved one.
- Memorial Bench Plaque - Located in the Garden of Contemplation these memorial plaques are housed into the backrest of the granite benches and bear your choice of epitaph to your loved one. Please note that no other items/pots/flowers may be placed around the Panorama Sanctums, Memorial Wall Plaques, Garden Block Vases or Memorial Bench Plaques.
Many relatives and friends who are recently bereaved have expressed a wish to make a contribution towards enhancing the floral beauty of the landscape as a token of remembrance to their loved ones.
We really appreciate the importance of the crematorium and surroundings to the many people who visit and those who wish to become involved in the development of the facilities and grounds which gives us so much comfort at a time of need.
Donations to the fund will be used to develop the grounds and facilities at the crematorium. We regret that it's not possible to permit specified memorials in respect of the donations, but the name of the deceased in whose memory the donation has been made will be recorded and displayed each month.
We reserve the right to select items and projects which will blend in with the surroundings.
If you wish to make a donation please contact us.
Service of remembrance
Each year the crematorium hosts a Service of Remembrance, representing several Christian churches.
The next service is Sunday 23 June 2019 at 3pm.
The Rev Simon Schofield will lead our service - "The Service of Remembrance is an opportunity for all who have been touched by the death and loss of a loved one to gather together. Here, in solidarity with one another, we encounter the pain of grief and also seek to give hope to all who mourn."
Weather-permitting it will be held outside, otherwise it will be held in the chapel.