Celebration of Life Ceremonies

The advent of Direct Cremation (ie cremation with no ceremony) has changed the face of funerals. Many people now decide to leave instructions that they don’t want a funeral, and simply want their bodies to be cremated when they die.

However, feedback from family and friends is that they lose the opportunity to come together to celebrate the life of the person who has died.

The ceremony rooms at each of our premises are ideal for small gatherings of up to about 25 people (30 at Gate Lodge in St Neots).

If your plan is for a larger group of people, we’ve organised life celebrations in village halls, community centres, pubs, barns, fields, back gardens and marquees.

There is also the opportunity to use the chapel at Huntingdon Crematorium, because the catafalque (the stand on which the coffin rests during a traditional funeral) can be removed completely. The chapel has a beautiful outlook through huge windows over open fields. Sapley Lodge, on the same site as the crematorium, can be used for refreshments immediately after the ceremony if you wish.

What’s involved?

In short, whatever you want! There is no right or wrong, and there are no rules. As long as it’s legal, we’re happy to help you organise an event which reflects and celebrates the life of the person who has died. We thrive on finding different ways to do this.