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City council works to improve bereavement care by investing in its cremation service

Published: Friday, 6th May 2022

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working to improve its Bereavement Care by investing in the provision of its cremation service at Carmountside Crematorium.

Proposals to procure new cremation equipment were approved by councillors at a Cabinet meeting on 26 April 2022. The current cremation equipment was installed in 1996 and has reached the top range of its lifespan.

Three new state of the art cremators are to be installed which will provide a significant reduction in the site’s carbon footprint. The new machinery will futureproof the site for the next 20-25 years. A more environmentally friendly and efficient service will allow the city council to better support city residents for the future.

Installation of the cremation equipment is expected to start in October 2022. Chapel funeral times will continue to be available throughout the installation and our Bereavement Care Services team will support families through any temporary reduction in service availability.

The burial service will not be affected by the proposed installation.

Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Public Health said: “As a city council we want to support our residents who use our Bereavement Care Service through what is an incredibly difficult time. We are committed to constantly seeking to improve our service and help families through the grieving process.

“Many of our residents are becoming more and more interested in eco-friendly funerals and we know it will be important to many that our Bereavement Care Service will become more environmentally friendly following the installation. This new equipment will ensure that this is the case for many years to come.”