Funeral - cremations
The local authority may be responsible for promoting and
administering a community funeral service. This is a low fixed
price scheme that is available for all funerals where a local
resident has died. A local officer may also deal with general
enquiries on issues relating to bereavement.
We operate Woodlands Crematorium which was opened in 1961
to cater for the needs of the local community who preferred
cremation as a method of disposal without the need to travel large
The crematorium carries out approximately 1200 cremations a
year and offers a range of allied services.
A chapel for services is provided and the grounds are laid out
as a garden of remembrance.
A range of memorials are offered to the bereaved,
including plaques, vases, rose bushes and beds, trees and a book of
remembrance. Areas for the strewing of cremated remains are also
Cremation regulations 2008
New regulations governing cremation were introduced by the
Government in 2008, and came into force on the 1 January
2009. The regulations modernised and consolidate all previous
regulations and introduced a number of new procedures.
The regulations have introduced new cremation forms and a new
procedure which allows bereaved families to inspect the medical
forms of a deceased family member before a cremation takes
place. This allows families to draw the Medical Referees
attention to any concerns about unexpected symptoms or
discrepancies in the case.
Services are held in the Chapel prior to cremation, interments
in local cemeteries and prior to cremation or interment in other
parts of the country.
Services may be arranged for the following times :
It is possible, at extra cost, to arrange two consecutive
times for longer services.
An electronic organ is provided which may be played by a
member or friend of the family or by an organist arranged by the
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Does the Council adhere to a code of
- Yes, Scarborough Borough Council as a Cremation Authority is a
member of The Federation of British Cremation Authorities and all
cremations at Woodlands Crematorium are carried out in accordance
with their Code of Cremation Practice.
See also Questions
People Ask About Cremation