Nene Valley Crematorium, Wellingborough opened its doors to the local community on Saturday (1 December), giving family and friends the opportunity to come together to remember their loved ones at a comforting candle-lit service.

A range of ceremony leaders from the bereavement profession covering different faiths (and those of none) took part in two ceremonies. More than 250 people attended to commemorate loved ones who had passed away during the previous 12 months.

The crematorium team were on hand to answer questions over refreshments afterwards, and there was an opportunity before the services commenced, for those recently bereft to write messages to loved ones and place this within a bauble on the remembrance trees, which will remain in the ceremony hall throughout the festive period.

Chair for the Board of Directors, Cllr Barry Graves, said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for families or friends who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and this event provides people with the opportunity to come together and commemorate those that they’ve lost in a peaceful environment. I am delighted that the annual event was attended by so many and I hope that everyone who attended had the opportunity to reflect and remember at this special service.”

Vice Chair, Cllr Tim Maguire, added: “I would like to thank the team at Nene Valley Crematorium for organising this service and providing people from a variety of religions and beliefs with the chance to remember those that are no longer with us. It was very touching to hear such positive feedback from those who attended.”

Crematorium Manager Tracy Lawrence said: “The candle-lit service is always a poignant event for all involved. We know from experience how much it matters to grieving people to attend something like this at such a sad and difficult time like the first Christmas without those they love, and hope in some small way that the messages conveyed by ceremony leaders, and music played on Saturday, helped”.

Nene Valley Crematorium opened in September 2016 and is operated by Wellingborough Bereavement Services Limited, on behalf of the council.

To find out more about the crematorium facility and the service it offers, including how to commemorate loved ones through memorials, please contact a member of the team on 01933 229660 or email enquiries@nenevalleycrematorium.co.uk