The Chapel

 Redditch Crematorium Chapel Window
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 difficulties.

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

Music

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.

Music Guidelines

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.

The Service

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.


Redditch Crematorium Chapel

Floral Tributes

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.

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