Barrow Crematorium was opened in Barrow in November 1962. (It is also referred to as Thorncliffe Crematorium). Over 30,000 cremations have occurred since then, and around 900 cremations take place each year. There are two full time staff employed at the crematorium, each of which have the Crematorium operatives training scheme proficiency certificate.
The Crematorium is a member of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (F.B.C.A.) which issues strict guidelines to which the Crematorium adheres.
Cremation services occur Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 4.00pm, with 45 minutes reserved for each ceremony. This is to give sufficient time to take the service and allow you to enter and leave the chapel before the next funeral arrives. Extra time can be requested without further charge.
A religious or non-religious service can be held and an organist is provided as part of the cremation fee. Alternatively, a CD player is available for families to provide their own CDs for playing at the service. However, we will only accept original CDs; copies will not be played. Also, it is possible for services to include singers or musicians who are known to the family. It is worth noting that there is no legal requirement to hold a service and you may decide to dispense with this.
During the ceremony, the coffin is placed on the catafalque. Whether the service is carried out at the crematorium or beforehand at a church, a committal service is usually carried out. At this point a curtain can be closed across the coffin to signify the end of the service. Some people find this distressing and if preferred the curtains can be left open and you can see the coffin as you leave the chapel.
After the service the coffin is moved to the committal chamber for cremation which is completed on the same day as the service. The coffin is placed in the cremator exactly as it is received and we carefully maintain the identity of the deceased throughout the cremation process. The cremation takes approximately 3 hours from start to finish and the remains are then ready to dispose of as the family wishes.
Book of Remembrance
This is situated at the Crematorium to the left of the chapel. There are four volumes with three months of the year in each. The Book is open at the relevant date every day of the year. At an additional cost an inscription can be placed in the Book on a specific date; usually it is the date of death, but other dates (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries) can also be used. Flowers or tributes can be placed in the Book room but we ask people to refrain from placing anything on the actual Bookcase.
The Book of Remembrance is open every day from 8.30am to 4.30pm.