The chapel at Colwyn Bay Crematorium is open to invited guests only, 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 has 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. After the cremation, the cremated remains are what are commonly known as ashes.
What happens to the cremated remains?
There are various options 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 can discuss the options for you to consider.
Is cremation more expensive than burials?
No. Generally a burial costs more than the fee for cremation. Your funeral director or our crematorium staff can advise you on the available options and costs.
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 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?
Cremation regulations are complex and many people use a funeral director, who will be able to make sure that the Crematorium receives all the necessary legal forms.
Can I arrange a cremation without a funeral director?
Yes. The Executor or nearest surviving relative may arrange the cremation service themselves. Please ask our staff for advice on arranging a cremation without a funeral director.
Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?
Yes. You may witness the committal taking place from our viewing area or by CCTV. Please tell us when you book the cremation that you wish to witness the committal, so our staff can make the necessary preparations.
Is the coffin cremated with the body?
Yes. We work to the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management guiding principles. These state that the container and the body must be placed in the cremator and the cremation begun. The container must not be opened or 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 will the cremation take place?
We work to the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management guiding principles. These state that the cremation will begin no later than 72 hours after the committal service. When the cremation may not be carried out on the same day, we will notify the applicant for cremation.
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 we remove all the remains from the cremator before the next cremation. We use an identity card throughout the whole process to make sure of 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. You can arrange a visit with prior notice.
Where can I find out more information about cremation?
The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management Charter for the Bereaved gives detailed information about all aspects of the cremation process, including environmental and social aspects. Please visit www.iccm-uk.com for more information.