Cremations are booked through a Funeral Director. Services last 45 minutes for a single slot or 90 minutes for a double slot. You should factor in the time it takes to get in and out of the Chapel when planning your service as there is no gap between services.
Your Funeral Director should be able to advise on the service, celebrants, music and will know (and organise) all the paperwork required but we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call us on 020 8969 0152 if you have any questions at all about the service or procedure of cremation.
There are normally two chapels, both suitable for the services of all religions available to book for cremation or memorial services.
The original East Chapel is furnished traditionally with oak pews on either side of a central aisle and wood panelling. The coffin rests on an art deco marble catafalque. The East Chapel is scheduled for a £120,000 restoration project in February – April 2018. We do not currently book the East Chapel for services.
Each Chapel has a small waiting room and there is a water cooler available in the Atrium.
As music is an important part of most services a special music centre is provided which can play requested selections from compact discs provided by families. You may also use an MP3 player, ipod (not ipod nano), iphone, android phone or tablet. We provide a wire that connects your media to our sound system via its headphone jack.
Both chapels have an organ and our organist will play requested hymns and other pieces by prior arrangement. There are facilities to record services if required. The service books available contain the orders of service for the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and Free Churches and a selection of popular hymns. Ancient and Modern Hymnals are also available.
Floral tributes are displayed in the glazed atrium between the chapels.
Cremations can be booked at the following times each day:-
9.00am, 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12.00 noon, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.00pm, 3.45pm
Cremations are usually booked on weekdays but we can book Saturdays and Sundays at an extra charge.
Forms for Cremation
When arranging the cremation you will be asked to fill in an ashes instruction form. We will only take instructions from the cremation applicant.
The options include:
- Collection by your Funeral Director
- Collection by you (we will call you when they are ready for collection and they need to be collected within 2 weeks)
- Collection by a named person (they will need to bring identification with them)
- To inter the ashes on our lawns in our Gardens of Remembrance
After the cremation the ashes are placed in a sealed plastic bag within a bio-degradable cardboard box.
There is a label on the inside and outside of the box with the deceased’s name and the cremation number.
You may choose another container which you would like the ashes to be put in. We have a display cabinet in the reception area with a selection of options. They include jewellery, ashes into glass, keepsakes urns, caskets, metal urns, scatter tubes. Some families wish to split the ashes, which we can also do for you.
Ashes can be interred in our Gardens of Remembrance.
This is free if the Cremation took place here. There is a fee if the cremation took place elsewhere.
You can be there to witness this if you wish. Please call the Crematorium Office to make an appointment 0208 969 0152.
Please be mindful that we do not allow personalised planting or memorialisation in the gardens. If this is what you would prefer to do, you may wish to consider purchasing a private plot in your local cemetery.
Witnessing the start of a cremation
Many people wish to witness the start of cremation for personal, religious or cultural reasons. If this is your wish, do please request this when you are making the funeral arrangements.
The entrance to the left hand side of the main chapel doors is accessible for wheelchair users. There is also an accessible toilet. We also have a wheelchair available if required. There is an induction loop fitted in the Chapel.
Gardens of Remembrance – Memorial Options
Please take time to visit the Gardens of Remembrance and come into the office to discuss anything that you are unsure about.
We are here to help and will allow you as much time as you wish in discussing your exact requirements.
Over the next few memorial pages we hope to give you an insight into the various memorials that are now available at West London Crematorium. In particular, the Callard Garden, with waterside location, offers surroundings of peace and tranquillity.
We have taken a great deal of care and attention to create Gardens of Remembrance that will bring comfort and solace for you and for generations to come.
A brief description and details on ashes interment accompanies each picture.
Memorial lease periods
We offer a choice of lease options on most of our memorials.
All our memorial options are created from the very highest quality material. The gardens will continue to look good for generations to come.
In order that we maintain gardens that look as good as they possibly can we ask all our families not to add any items of their own (e.g. trinkets, lanterns, glassware, balloons, cards, artificial flowers).
Memorial Rose Trees & Bushes
Memorial rose trees and bushes, with suitably engraved plaques, are granted and maintained for a 5, 10 or 20 year period of dedication with an option of renewal.
Caskets & Urns
Cremated remains may be placed in one of a selection of caskets and urns.Contact us on 020 8969 0152 for details.
Cremated remains can be placed in a wall niche in the Crematorium Gardens. Each niche is sealed with an engraved stone tablet for a 10 or 20 year period of dedication with an option of renewal, with room for more than one urn or casket.
Arranged in small sections these miniature headstone plots re-create have the appearance of a miniature grave. Each plot has a defined area where fresh flowers can be placed. Up to four sets of ashes can be interred loose in a headstone plot.
Granite, marble, slate and bronze wall plaques of varying sizes are available. Photo plaques are also available to be purchased and attached to the plaques.
Book of Remembrance
Inscriptions in the Book of Remembrance are never removed. The relevant page is displayed on the anniversary day throughout the year. Handwritten copies of an inscription can he provided in the form of cards or booklets of remembrance.
Private Family Gardens
Edged in natural stone these small gardens offer you the opportunity of a very personal memorial. You are able to place a bronze or granite marker or personalise it further by placing a miniature headstone in it.
Up to eight sets of ashes may be interred loose within the garden.
A marker is placed in our rockery and up to two sets of ashes can be interred loose into the soil. The area is planted by our gardeners.
White marble memorial vases are available and these can be personalised with a brief inscription on a granite tablet. They can be taken for a 10 or 20 year period of dedication.