The Crematorium is a member of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (F.B.C.A.) which issues strict guidelines (Code of Cremation Practice) to which the Crematorium adheres.
CODE OF CREMATION PRACTICE
Followed by Westmorland and Furness Council
The cremation of a human body is a highly emotional occasion for those taking part in the service. This must never be forgotten by the staff of the Crematorium, who must combine to create and maintain an atmosphere of reverence and respect throughout the entire proceedings.
The greatest care must be taken in the appointment of members of the Crematorium staff, any one of whom may, by conduct or demeanour, detract from the atmosphere of reverence which it is endeavoured to create. All staff employed in the operation of cremators must be suitably trained in the technical and ethical procedures and certified as specified in the Secretary of State’s Guidance Notes of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or any subsequent legislation made thereunder.
( a ) A body shall not be removed from the Crematorium after the Service of Committal except for a lawful reason
( b ) Subject to receiving the necessary Authority to Cremate, the coffin and its contents shall be put into the cremator, as soon as practicable, exactly as they have been received on the catafalque. A body not cremated on the same day as the coffin is received at the Crematorium may only be retained on the written consent of the Applicant for cremation and in circumstances deemed necessary by the Cremation Authority, including impacts on the environment. All bodies retained at the crematorium will be accommodated in secure and sanitary conditions within the building.
( c ) Once a coffin with its contents has been placed in the cremator, it shall not be touched or interfered with until the process of cremation is completed. On completion the whole of the Cremated Remains/Ashes shall be collected and shall be disposed of in accordance with the instruction received.
( a ) No coffin shall be accepted at any Crematorium unless it bears adequate particulars of the identity of the deceased person contained therein. If a coffin is encased, the cover and the coffin must bear adequate identity of the deceased person.
( b ) Every care must be taken to ensure correct identification throughout the whole proceedings from the moment the coffin is received onto the catafalque until the final disposal of the Cremated Remains/Ashes.
Each coffin given to the care of the Cremation Authority shall be cremated separately.
When a re-useable cover is used to encase a coffin, signed authority must be given by the Applicant for the cremation authorising its use and consenting to its subsequent removal from the Crematorium.
Any metal found amongst the Cremated Remains/Ashes shall be disposed of in accordance with the directions of the Cremation Authority or Higher Authority.
The utmost care shall be taken to ensure that the Cremated Remains/Ashes, following their removal from the cremator, shall be kept separate and suitably identified. The Cremated Remains/Ashes shall be placed in a separate container awaiting final disposal. If the Cremated Remains/Ashes are to be disposed of in a Garden of Remembrance, this shall be conducted with reverence and respect. Cremated Remains/Ashes to be conveyed by a carrier service should be placed in a suitably labelled robust container and dealt with according to recommendations laid down by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities.
CREMATORS AND ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT
Cremators and all other ancillary equipment used in the Crematorium shall be kept in good repair and maintained in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations, and the requirements of the current guidance Notes issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or subsequent legislation.
All cremations shall be carried out according to the provisions of the Cremations Acts and the Regulations made thereunder, and any subsequent legislation such as plastic, PVC, etc. are not placed in the coffin and where possible the deceased is dressed in natural clothing.
All cremations and burials have to be recorded by law. Traditionally this was in written registers but now all are recorded on computer and retained forever. We are gradually back feeding the old registrations onto the computer system, which will provide a more efficient service.
In the event that you are dissatisfied with our service, please contact the Cemetery Office as soon as possible. If you are still not satisfied please speak or write to the Cemeteries and Crematorium Manager. If you wish to take the complaint further then this should be in writing to the Community Services Manager at the Town Hall.
Exclusive rights of Burial
When the rights of burial are sold you will receive a signed and sealed grave deed. This allows the person named on the deed to say who can be interred in the grave It is possible to purchase the rights to a grave in advance. You are not purchasing the land as this remains in ownership of Westmorland and Furness Council.
If the grave is to be reopened, the person named on the deeds must give their written consent to the cemetery office. If the grave owner has died, then the rights need to be transferred to a living owner who is usually their next of kin. This can be done either by production of Grant of Probate, Letters of Administration or a Will if none of these legal documents are available; a Statutory Declaration has to be completed in the presence of a Magistrate or Commissioner for Oaths.
Where the deed holder is still alive and the burial rights are to be transferred then this can be done via a Form of Assignment.
Dog are permitted in the cemetery grounds on a lead Please be respectful and keep your dog on the paths and away from Graves & memorials Our grounds are also included in the dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. Under this act we can prosecute owners who fail to clean up the maximum fine is £75.00.