West Herts Crematorium celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier this year and members of the public are being invited to an open day next month.
The crematorium will be opening its doors on June 1 from 10am to 1pm offering visitors the opportunity to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes.
Jane Thomas, manager, explained more about what will be on offer.
She commented: “We’ll be opening the crematorium doors so our visitors can walk around and speak to staff. They can see the crematory area and witness what happens during a cremation.
“A lot of people think all kinds of different things when it comes to crematoria. We just want to be transparent so if there are difficult questions, experienced staff will be on hand to answer them.
Jane has been at the crematorium for 22 years and has been manager for nearly half that time. She’ll be giving talks in the main chapel where there will also be a display of the original plans for the crematorium and some photos from over the years.
Jane said the crematorium, on High Elms Lane in Garston, is well regarded by people in the area.
She explained: “We’re run by a joint committee, serve a large community and are always reinvesting to maintain our high standards. Three years ago, we built a new tea room for our visitors and funeral directors to use. If you’ve lived locally chances are you will have attended a service here, we sit in everybody’s hearts and most people locally have loved ones here.”
“We want people to see the crematorium and gardens at their best and that we are continuing to improve. We are very much a place that maintains its high standards.”
Daniel Ginder is director of M K Ginder & Sons and has enjoyed a close working relationship with the crematorium over the years.
He added: “Families come first for the crematorium and that’s extremely important for us. We are there to serve families and make sure the funeral goes the way it should do. Jane and her team deserve a lot of praise.”