Redditch Crematorium has a large window situated at the
front of the chapel where glorious views of the naturally informal
gardens and the Arrow Valley Park can be seen.
The chapel provides seating for 80 people and is available for
funeral services of all denominations.(Note. The cross can be
removed when prior notice is given.)
On arrival at the chapel you are welcome to take a seat in our
waiting room which is situated directly in front of the chapel. The
waiting room has seating for approximately 10 people and the public
toilets (including disabled toilet) are sited nearby.
Upon arrival of the funeral cortege , the coffin will be removed
from the hearse and be either 'shouldered' into the chapel or
placed upon the bier just inside the main chapel doors. The coffin
will then be carried or wheeled into the chapel, normally preceded
by the Minister and Funeral Director, with the family and the rest
of the congregation following. On reaching the end of the aisle the
coffin will be lifted and placed upon the catafalque . After
everyone is seated, funeral staff will disperse allowing the
service to continue.
At the committal, the coffin is lowered until out of
sight.,although families can choose to have the coffin only
partially lowered. At the end of the service the minister will
normally lead the congregation out of the chapel, whilst the
Funeral Director will attend to the family. On leaving the chapel,
the congregation will be directed to the floral hall which is sited
adjacent to the chapel, where flowers can be viewed.
The chapel has a hearing loop system for those with hearing
If it is known that there are any other specific access or
religious requirements that we may be able to assist with please do
not hesitate to contact us
As it becomes increasingly common for families to
personalise services, especially in respect of the music that is
played, Redditch crematorium recently installed a computer based
music system , known as the wesley music on-line music
system, that stores hundreds of the most popular tracks played at
funerals. there is also an organ, CD and Tape player.
As a general rule we recommend a maximum of three pieces of
music, one for entry into chapel, one for committal and one for
exiting the chapel. When considering the number of tracks,
thought should be given to any other areas of the service
that may be required, for example, religious content or hymns.
There is standing room available within the chapel where
in excess of 80 people are due to attend. For excessively
large services we are able to project the service and music to
areas outside the chapel.
The total suggested service time is 30 minutes although service
intervals are 45 minutes from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
There is also the option of an early time of 8.30am and 9.00am at a
reduced time and cost if so desired.
All music requests should be made and provided in to
the crematorium office at least 24 hours prior to the
service, The track title and artist should be clearly
defined with the name of the deceased, the date and time of the
service and the point where the music is required. Immediately
after the service if used any CD or tape will be given to the
Funeral Director to be returned to the family.
|Where possible, we aim to meet the wishes of the family
and as long as we are kept informed, will attempt to meet
individual requirements. For this reason it is important that
you express all your wishes clearly to your Funeral Director.
As our service times are currently only 30 minutes, there is an
option to book a double-time slot at an increased fee. This can be
useful if many people are expected to attend, or if you have a
number of hymns, music requests etc. In addition you may have a
family member or friend who is going to speak about the deceased
and this can add to the length of the service.
The content of the service is very much down to the family - a
minister is not compulsory. The crematorium offer the services of a
very good organist but families are welcome to use an organist of
their own choice. If you prefer to use your own organist we can
arrange a suitable time for them to come and practice, prior to the
service taking place.
If you have any specific request please ask.
Floral tributes often form a very important part of the funeral
service however we only have a limited capacity for storage of such
tributes. We would always advise that these flowers are taken away
soon after the service has taken place. If they are left on site
they become subject to the elements and spoil easily.