BODIES are being embalmed because of a three-week delay cremation services.
Bron-y-Nant crematorium and cemetery in Colwyn Bay extended its service slots from 30 to 45 minutes, reducing the amount of daily services and creating a three-week backlog of funerals.
Funeral Director Garry Lloyd Jones said the company had begun preserving bodies through embalming.
Mr jones added: “We’re embalming bodies now and the cost for families can run up to £160.
“Families want closure, but families are having to wait weeks.”
Service times have also been affected, with services taking place earlier in the day.
Mr Jones added: “Nobody wants a funeral at 9am, because services get a lower attendance than they otherwise would.”
St Asaph Dean and Prestatyn Vicar Rev D Quentin Bellamy wrote a letter of complaint to the council about the difficulties caused by the changes.
He said: “For years, the services have been 30 minutes long.
“That’s still true, but there’s now an extra 15-minute interval between services.
“This has catastrophic results for the parishes and many funeral directors.
The changes are part of a three-month trial set to end on Friday, March 8, when the council will review the situation.
A forum will be held on Monday, February 18 to discuss bereavement services in Bron-y-nant, Colwyn Bay.