Kettering Crematorium has created a new dedicated area for the scattering of ashes of children, complete with woodland animal ornaments and a memorial tree.
The £6,000 investment has seen the addition of a large owl, two rabbits, two deer and a new path to the area, as well as a memorial tree for which golden leaves with personalised messages can be added. The metal leaves can be purchased for less than half of the price of any other memorial at the Crematorium.
Kettering Crematorium & Cemeteries Team recently won Best Service Team at the APSE Service Awards, while the Crematorium was also a runner up as Crematorium of the Year at the Good Funeral Awards. The Crematorium has also recently introduced a pre-paid cremation plan to ease the financial burden of funeral costs.
Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Kettering Crematorium is constantly looking to find ways to improve the level of service we provide at what is obviously a very difficult time. We recognise that the way in which people want to mourn is very personal and we strive to offer a variety of options to suit all needs and preferences.”
Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:
“Following the Crematorium’s £2 million improvements in 2013, the expansion of the grounds has allowed for the creation a new dedicated area for scattering the ashes and mourning young people. The woodland themed memorial garden offers an appropriate area for families who have experienced the loss of a child.”