The chapel at Colwyn Bay Crematorium is only open to immediate family members, with a maximum of 30 people. Mourners are advised to follow national guidelines on hygiene and social distancing. We are offering free webcasting of memorial services.
Colwyn Bay Crematorium
Glan y Wern Road
The crematorium complex features two chapels - each seating approximately 100 people, a waiting area with toilet facilities and a memorial room where the Books of Remembrance are displayed. The chapel is equipped with a hearing loop system.
For more information or to discuss your requirements contact us on 01492 577733, email us at BereavementServices@conwy.gov.uk or use our online form.
Cremations – Frequently Asked Questions
What are cremated remains?
Following the service, the coffin is transferred to the crematory for the cremation to take place. Once the cremation has occurred, the cremated remains are what are commonly known as ashes.
What happens to the cremated remains?
Various options exist for the final resting place for cremated remains such as scattering, burial in a grave, placing in sanctum vaults or taking home. Your funeral director or crematorium staff are able to advise you of your options for you to give careful consideration.
Is cremation more expensive than burials?
No. Generally the cost of a burial is greater than the fee charged from cremation. Your funeral director or the crematorium staff are able to advise you on the available options and the costs for those options.
Do any religious groups forbid cremation?
All Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, allow cremation as do Sikhs, Hindus, Parsees and Buddhists. Cremation is forbidden by Orthodox Jews and Muslims.
What religious ceremony can I have with cremation?
The service for burial and cremation is the same apart from the form of committal sentences. The service may take place at your own place of worship with a short committal service in the crematorium chapel, or you may have the whole service at the crematorium chapel. Alternatively, you may prefer a civil ceremony or no service at all.
How is a cremation arranged?
The Cremation Regulations are complex and many people approach a funeral director, who will be able to ensure that all necessary statutory forms for cremations are obtained and presented to the Crematorium.
Can a cremation be arranged without the services of a funeral director?
Yes. The Executor or nearest surviving relative may arrange the cremation service themselves. Crematorium will provide advice on arranging a cremation without the use of a funeral director.
Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?
Yes. Some crematoria have a viewing area that overlooks the crematory or CCTV, where you may witness the committal taking place. The Crematorium must be informed that you wish to witness the committal when the cremation is booked, so that staff can be informed who will then make the necessary preparations on the day.
Is the coffin cremated with the body?
Yes. The ICCM Guiding Principles state that the container and the body shall be placed in the cremator and cremation commenced. The container shall not be opened or otherwise disturbed, other than in exceptional circumstances, and then only with the express permission and in the presence of the Applicant for Cremation (usually the executor or next of kin).
How soon after the service with the cremation take place?
The ICCM Guiding Principles state that the cremation will commence no later than 72 hours after the service of committal. Where the cremation may not be carried out on the same day, the Applicant for Cremation shall be notified.
Can more than one coffin be cremated at a time?
No. Each cremation is carried out separately.
How are cremated remains kept separate?
A cremator can only accept one coffin at a time, and all the remains are removed from the cremator before the next cremation. An identity card is used throughout the whole process thereby ensuring correct identification.
Are coffins sold back for re-use?
No. The coffin and the body inside are cremated together.
Can I visit the crematorium and see what happens behind the scenes?
Yes. A visit can be arranged if given prior notice.
Where can I find out more information about cremation?
The ICCM Charter for the Bereaved gives detailed information about all aspects of the cremation process and encompasses environmental and social aspects. Please visit www.iccm-uk.com for more information.