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Delays at Colwyn Bay's crematorium

Published date: 13 February 2013 |
Published by: Mike Williams
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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.

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