We undertake cremations at Torquay Crematorium, Exeter Crematorium, Efford Crematorium and Weston Mill Crematorium in Plymouth and East Devon crematorium.
Cremation is the choice of over 70% of us. Ceremonies at the crematorium tend to be 20 – 30 minutes. You can book a double time if this is not enough, or have the main ceremony somewhere else, for example in our ceremony hall, at home, in a village or community hall, in a church or anywhere that will host it. A few special touches can take away the worry of a crematorium funeral being impersonal. And you can have an individual, non-religious ceremony if you choose, something beautiful and contemporary. Ask for a green fuse celebrant.
Having the ashes to scatter or inter after the funeral can also feel important, with a chance for an intimate family moment or a larger gathering when the grief is not quite so raw. Ashes can be scattered or interred, or how about the idea of a Viking ship to take them out, the nearest we are allowed to a Viking burial.
There is a growing trend towards “direct cremation”. In this case we arrange the cremation for you and it takes place with no mourners present. Then you can have a funeral ceremony afterwards, in a place of your choice, with the ashes present. This can give you more choice and save money.
We felt empowered to create a ceremony in the style of my mother’s wishes, colourful, joyous, funny, yet poignant and respectful. We felt we were your sole concern when making the arrangements felt daunting. Lizzie Andrews
Do I get the right ashes?
We have made a 10 minute video showing what happens behind the scenes at the crematorium because so many people are unsure about this and whether they get the right ashes.
This video shows some footage of an actual cremation, so please be aware if you think you may find that upsetting.
You may not know: cremated remains have normally been ground down in a machine into the familiar gritty and powdery ashes. But you can also ask for the bone to be returned as it comes out of the cremator – usually in small, fragile pieces. Also, if you want, you can ask to witness the coffin being “charged” into the cremator.