Nene Valley Crematorium – progress update

After six very busy months Nene Valley Crematorium in Wellingborough is taking a breath to think about what the next half year will look like. As with all new businesses there have been some testing times, but the patience and support of local families, ceremony leaders and funeral directors has been phenomenal. The number of cremations has surpassed expectations, proving that people in the borough – and outside – are pleased with the possibility of saying goodbye to loved ones in a convenient and peaceful location. We have had difficulties, but each time they have been overcome: there were teething problems with our cremator in the early days, which were quickly resolved; Storm Doris blew part of the roof off; and – very sadly – a mourner died during a funeral service. We have even been joined by a small flock of sheep from time to time. The key for us is learning from all the challenges that face us, and getting better as we go.

As we enter our next six months we are looking at two exciting developments: we already have a state of the art music system, but have purchased an organ to offer a choice for families who prefer live music during a funeral service; and our memorial gardens are in the final stages of planning, which include final resting places for the scattering of ashes.

The Manager/Registrar’s current focus is to recruit a permanent team, where she is looking to find caring and dedicated individuals who are meticulous and methodical, and wish to make a difference to those who are grieving.

Tracy Lawrence (Dip) (Hons)

Manager and Registrar

Nene Valley Crematorium