Google Map showing The Crematorium location
Carmel Road North
Cruse - bereavement support website [external link]
- Opening hours
- Arranging a cremation
- The funeral service
- Floral tributes
- Accessibility at the crematorium
- Cremated remains
- Memorial schemes
Cremations are conducted:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Cremation bookings can be made by an appointed funeral director/organiser and are taken every hour. The service is recommended to last for 20-25 minutes to allow enough time for access and egress from the chapel. Extended times are available upon request.
Following the death of a relative or friend, most people call on the assistance of a funeral director who will carry out all funeral arrangements on their behalf.
Local funeral directors will be familiar with all the services offered at the crematorium and will advise accordingly.
It is possible to make your own funeral arrangements and we will be happy to receive any requests for information and can assist in providing further advice in this respect.
The Crematorium Chapel has its own car park next to the building with 7 spaces for those with a disability. The building, waiting room and toilets are all accessible. There is a loop system installed in the chapel for those who require this service.
Gardens of remembrance
Generally cremated remains are scattered in the new garden of remembrance. If you let us know in advance, it is possible for family to be present, but it is normal practice for the staff to carry out this procedure a few days following the cremation.
If a cremation took place elsewhere, remains can be scattered at Darlington. An appointment is required and the office should be contacted for advice.
The old garden of remembrance can still accept cremated remains, which people often request if they wish to ensure the remains are scattered with other family members who died a number of years ago.
Removed from the crematorium
Cremated remains can be removed from the crematorium. All remains, which leave, are signed for by either a funeral director or family member and a cremation certificate is produced to accompany them.
It is normal practice to place remains in a cardboard ash box, however stocks of baby, postal, metal and wooden urns are held at the crematorium.
If families require remains to be interred at Darlington, the only option currently available to them is to have them buried in either a new or existing grave site in one of Darlington’s cemeteries. There is no facility to inter remains within the gardens of remembrance.
Information on crematorium memorial schemes are automatically sent to the applicant of a cremation provided they have given permission, the week following the service. This pack includes all relevant information leaflets, application forms and price lists. Assistance in completion of forms or further advices is available at the crematorium office.
- Book of remembrance
- Memorial scheme fees
- Book of remembrance and memorial cards [pdf document]
- Memorial wall and planter plaques [pdf document]
From 1990 to 2000, memorial kerb vases were sold to families to provide an inscribed memorial to remember their loved one. These white marble vases can be found in both the old and new gardens of remembrance, but are no longer available for sale.
It is possible to replace existing plaques on vases to incorporate different or a number of names. Information and costs are available from the crematorium office.
Other memorial schemes
Over the years we have offered families the opportunity of donating memorial seats, shrubs and trees.
There is no longer space for seats or trees, but we continue to accept donations such as shrubs and rose bushes.
New schemes are introduced where appropriate and if you have requests for new memorial schemes, we are very happy to discuss them.