Funeral - cremations


How do I book a Cremation Service at the Crematorium?

When you ask to arrange a funeral with a Funeral Director or, if it’s an independent funeral, we will need the full name of the deceased, whether the service is a full service or a committal, and a contact name and telephone number.

The details are then confirmed with your family, the Funeral Director (or the person carrying out the funeral arrangements) and Minister/Officiate.

We will also discuss in more detail the content of the service, such as:

  • music
  • whether the coffin is to be left on view during the service
  • flowers
  • donations
  • final disposal of the cremated remains

If you are using a Funeral Director they will normally deal with this on your behalf, otherwise, with family arranged funerals, instructions can only be accepted by the person arranging the funeral known as the Applicant for Cremation.

Organising the funeral yourself

If you wish, you can organise the funeral yourself and some people prefer to do this.

The entire funeral can be handled by the bereaved family and you can contact us to assist you if you wish to do this. Such a funeral is referred to as 'personalised' or 'independent'.

Please note though that many Funeral Directors will not sell you a coffin separately or offer a hearse for you to use unless an entire funeral package is purchased.

About funeral services

  • Funeral services are scheduled every 40 minutes but the actual service does not exceed 30 minutes to allow for the mourners to enter and leave the chapel.
  • A Wesley Music System has been installed in both chapels and therefore CDs and cassette tapes are no longer accepted. Any music can be obtained from Wesley and personal recordings can also be sent to them for uploading onto their system so that you can use it for your service. Please ensure you give enough notice for this to be done in time for the service.
  • There is no public access to the organ loft. If you would like organ music or any other personal musical instrument to be played at your service, it will be your responsibility to provide it. A surge protected power extension is provided and regularly tested to protect the system and equipment.
  • Families have the option of either leaving the coffin on display in the chapel until after you leave or have the curtains drawn round at the time of committal.
  • Families may personalise their loved one's funeral by arranging for example, a piper, horse drawn hearse, motorcycle hearse, brass band, choir, musical or vocal soloist - as long as it is tastefully done and will not cause offence to others visiting the crematorium.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

Although we understand that a decision on the final resting place of cremated remains is difficult, there is not enough storage area at Markeaton Crematorium to keep them.

If you have not decided at the time of making the arrangements, we suggest that the remains are returned to your Funeral Director to hold until you have made your decision.

If you decide to return them to Markeaton Crematorium for scattering they can be returned to us by your Funeral Director.

No memorials are permitted in the areas where cremated remains are scattered, although a simple floral tribute such as a single rose without wrapping or cards can be placed on the area following a witnessed scattering. These will normally be removed within three working days in order to keep the area in good condition for other mourners.

What are the options for cremated remains?

Strewing in the Garden of Remembrance by Crematorium Staff

Remains can be strewn in designated areas of the Crematorium grounds. The location of each strewing is recorded in the Cremation Register allowing you and your family to request that the deceased’s remains be scattered in the same location as other family members. The remains to be strewn can be those from a Cremation that has taken place at Markeaton or from another crematorium, as long as you have the Cremation Certificate. Please note that there is a Bereavement price list, 2012-13.

Witness scattering in the Garden of Remembrance

You and your family can choose to be present when cremated remains are strewn in the grounds. Appointments can be made through the Crematorium Office. A fee is payable for this service. This can be done by a member of our staff, yourself or a member of clergy if desired but a member of our staff has to witness the procedure.

Collected by a Funeral Director or family member

Cremated remains may be collected from the Crematorium for storage, strewing elsewhere or interment in a churchyard or cemetery. A Cremation Certificate is provided with the remains. If it is intended to split the remains into two or more containers an additional certificate can be provided. A fee is payable for this service.

Burial in a cemetery or churchyard

Cremated remains may also be buried in family graves that are full for coffined burials. Alternatively you may be able to purchase a new cremated remains grave in a cemetery. A Cremation Certificate will be required for this so you need to keep this safe at all times.

Can I leave flowers at the Crematorium?

Funeral tributes

Funeral tributes from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday funerals are removed for disposal on the following Monday morning and funeral tributes from Thursday and Friday funerals are removed for disposal the following Thursday morning.

Anniversary tributes

Potted plants are allowed in the building and can be placed in flower troughs in the front of the main building. Cut flowers can be placed on the Flower Terrace outside the Book of Remembrance room. Vases and water are available on the Flower Terrace. Vases should not be removed from the Flower Terrace to be placed elsewhere in the grounds. Each Monday and Thursday morning the Flower Terrace will be tidied and any flowers that are no longer fresh will be disposed of. We have a strict policy of removing flowers each morning from around the grounds and returning them to the Flower Terrace.

Christmas wreaths

Christmas wreaths are removed from the grounds from the third week in January onwards allowing you up to 4 weeks to display a wreath at the Crematorium.

Silk Flowers, vases, wind chimes, candles, toys or ornaments are not allowed in any part of the grounds. These will be removed and disposed of without prior notice by us.

Placing of Memorials in Grounds

Personal memorials are not allowed in the grounds and will be removed without prior notice.

When you apply for a cremation you will be sent an information pack one week after the funeral, giving you details of the memorials you can have.

The memorials available for you to have at the Crematorium are:

  • Book of Remembrance - an inscription in the Book of Remembrance is a permanent entry. Memorial cards are also available as a personal keepsake. The Book of Remembrance room is open every day of the year and can also be viewed on the internet. The entry can be on any date.
  • Pathway memorial kerbs - the memorial kerbs are leased for a period of 10 years. The lease may be renewed after this time.
  • Wall Plaques - memorial plaques are set in the pillars surrounding the floral display area close to the chapel. The wall plaques are leased for a period of 10 years. The lease may be renewed after this time.
  • Baby Plaques and Kerbs - plaques are set in the memorial tower that stands in the centre of the Baby Garden. The kerbs are set around the Baby Garden.
  • Memorial Vaults - these are above ground vaulted chambers that can hold two sets of cremated remains. There is a plaque set into the front. The vaults are leased for a period of 15 years and they are located in the Round Garden.

Opening Times

Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 4.30pm and Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm.

The Book of Remembrance Room is open every day of the year: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 11.00am to 4.30pm; Bank Holidays 11.00am to 4.30pm

The grounds are open from 9.00am to 7.30pm during April to September. From October to March they are open between 9.00am to 4.30pm.

What facilities do you have at the Crematorium?

  • There is a small car park next to the main building and a larger car park with access off Markeaton Lane. Visitors who are less mobile are advised to contact us before they arrive so that we can arrange nearby parking and wheelchair facilities as there is a short walk to the main chapel areas.
  • There is a wheelchair available. Please contact us so that we can reserve it for your or a member of your family.
  • There is a separate waiting room for each Chapel with toilet facilities.
  • The Main Chapel can seat 98 people with standing room for approximately 40 people. Our Round Chapel can seat 37 people. Seating can be altered to accommodate disabled visitors in wheelchairs. Funeral Service books and Hymns and Psalms (Methodist) are available at all times.
  • Services take place throughout the day from 9.00am until 4.00pm at 40 minute intervals. If you would like to have a longer service, please contact us [link to contact details] and we will make the necessary arrangements for you.
  • We have a flower terrace so that you can display your floral tributes after each funeral. This is located at the rear of the Chapels.
  • There are several spaces allocated for disabled visitors in the car park. We also have a ramp wheelchair access into and out of the Crematorium and there are also disabled toilets at the Crematorium.
  • You may ask for a search to be made of our records. There is a fee for this service unless you are enquiring about a current burial, a scattering of remains in the same location as another family member or if the information is on the computer.
  • We openly encourage visitors, individuals or small groups to view the cremation process at any time. For Health and Safety reasons we ask that larger groups make a prior appointment with us.
  • Only assistance dogs such as guide dogs are allowed into the grounds of the crematorium.

Frequently asked questions about cremations

Do any religious groups forbid cremation?

All current Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church allow cremation, as do Sikhs, Hindus, Parsees and Buddhists. However, Orthodox Jews and Muslims forbid it.

Is cremation more expensive than burial?

No. Generally the cost of a grave is much higher than the cost of a cremation, although the charges are similar for both services. The only additional charge for cremation comes when the death has not been referred to a Coroner and two doctors need to be paid for the certificates to allow the funeral to go ahead.

What religious ceremony can I have with a cremation?

The service may take place at your own place of worship with a short service in the crematorium chapel, or you may have the whole service at the crematorium chapel. Alternatively, you may prefer a non-religious ceremony. The Institute of Civil Funerals [330 link to] provide more information on this or you may prefer to have no service at all.

How is a cremation arranged?

The legal documents can be complex and many people contact a Funeral Director when death occurs who may advise you that they need to arrange a cremation. The Funeral Director will make sure all the necessary forms reach the Crematorium.

Can a cremation be arranged without the services of a Funeral Director?

Yes. The person responsible for dealing with the wishes of the deceased (the Executor) or the nearest surviving relative may arrange the cremation service. Cremation authorities that are members of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's (ICCM) Charter for the Bereaved [link to] will provide advice for arranging a cremation without the use of a Funeral Director.

Can relatives witness the coffin going in to the cremator?

Yes, but we need to know in advance if you wish to do this. Arrangements need to be made so you don’t have to wait too long. For health and safety reasons we can only allow four people to witness this.

Is the coffin cremated with the body?

Yes. The Federation of British Cremation Authorities (FBCA) Code of Cremation Practice and the ICCM Guiding Principles [330 link to and] both state that the coffin and the body will be placed in cremator and cremation commenced.

How soon after the service will the cremation take place?

The ICCM Guiding Principles state that the container and the body shall be placed in a cremator and cremation started no later than 72 hours after the service. Where a cremation cannot be carried out on the same day, the person who organised the cremation, known as the Applicant for Cremation will be told.

How are cremated remains kept separate?

A cremator can only hold one coffin at a time and all the remains are removed from the cremator before the next cremation. An identity card is used throughout the whole process.

Can more than one body be cremated at a time?

No. The entrance the coffin passes through in the cremator and the cremation chamber can only safely accept one coffin at a time. However, exceptions can be made in the case of a mother and baby or small twin children, so long as the next of kin or executor of the will has asked for this.

Are coffins sold back to Funeral Directors to re-use?

No. The coffin and the body inside are cremated together. There are occasions where the deceased or the family of the deceased have decided to use a cardboard coffin. The family then want to have a more attractive coffin on view during the service. A Pall (a cloth covering the cardboard coffin), or a 'cocoon coffin' (an outer shell that covers the cardboard coffin) can be used or the family may decorate a cardboard coffin themselves. Neither the pall nor the cocoon is cremated as they are only covering the cardboard coffin.

Can I visit a crematorium and see what happens behind the scenes?

Yes. You can visit whilst cremations are taking place. This ‘open door’ policy helps to prevent any fears or worries you may have about a cremation. If you wish to visit as a group we need you to let us know in advance for Health and Safety reasons.

Further Information

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management Charter for the Bereaved gives detailed information about all aspects of the cremation process including environmental and social aspects. As a Charter for the Bereaved Member, we can also provide you with information and guidance.

The Federation of British Cremation Authorities and The Cremation Society of Great Britain can also give you more information.

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address: Markeaton Crematorium
Markeaton Lane
DE22 4NH
Phone: 01332 341012
Minicom: 01332 256666

Markeaton Crematorium
Markeaton Lane
DE22 4NH