Cremation is recognised by Public Health Authorities as the most
hygienic method of disposal of the dead. It has no religious
significance and therefore its adoption does not conflict with
Christian Doctrine and other beliefs.
The procedure to be followed is simple and normally quite
straight forward. The Funeral Director, together with the
Superintendent and Registrar, will make the necessary arrangements
on your behalf.
Upon arrival, the family mourners alight from the cortege under
the porte cochere which affords some protection against inclement
weather. Ample parking facilities are conveniently provided near
the Chapel for relatives and friends who travel to the Crematorium
by private cars.
The Main Chapel (which has seating for 150) is available for all
denominations, and Service Books, together with a comprehensive
selection of English and Welsh hymns, are specially provided for
use at the Crematorium. The Duty Organist will co-operate in
playing suitable selected music or hymns by arrangement. Particular
musical preferences may also be catered for with the use of C.D. or
Interior of Main Service Chapel.
Meditating in it's peace brings comfort to the sorrowful,
and tranquillity to the grieving heart
For the first part of the service the coffin rests on the
catafalque at the front of the Chapel. During the committal it is
silently lowered below the level of the charcoal/blue slate
surround and final respects to the departed may be paid as the
mourners and friends leave by the exit nearby.
A family chapel with seating for 12 mourners can be arranged for
the quiet and intimate farewell where there is no large gathering
of people attending. The facilities of this small chapel have from
our experience given added comfort.
Following the service in the Crematorium Chapel, the mourners
may either return to their cars or be conducted by the
Superintendent (or his/her Assistant) to where the floral tributes
have been arranged along the covered way of the Garden of Rest.
When the Ashes are to be interred at Margam the relatives attending
may also confirm the instructions already given or consider their
preference for lawn or woodland section for the dispersal of the
cremated remains (see plan of
The Gardens of Remembrance are part of an area of natural
parkland on the 17 acre site. The retention of many majestic oak
and elm trees together with well-established flowering
rhododendrons provide a peaceful setting of natural beauty. This
has been enhanced by additional trees, shrubs and bulbs in harmony
with the haven of rest.
Part of the Garden of Remembrance.
How pleasant it is to arrive where a quiet peace doth flow;
Away from my industrial valley and the way of the world I know.
The cremated remains are interred (i.e. buried loosely) into the
selected section and this procedure brings to many a peculiar
comfort that here amongst the shrubs and flowers, the trees and
birds, are the mortal remains of our loved ones returned to the
earth from which they came. It is respectfully pointed out that the
ashes cannot be retrieved or removed after burial.
The cremated remains may alternatively be transported with
little trouble and expense to another Crematorium, Cemetery or
Churchyard where the final disposal is desired. A selection of
suitable Urns and Caskets are available from the Crematorium
Office; arrangements for packing and postage may also be made if
Members of the public are invited to visit the Crematorium
during the hours of opening when they will be impressed with the
beauty and sense of peace in the Chapels and Gardens of
Remembrance. Inspection of the Crematorium is welcome by
appointment with the Superintendent. Open Days are arranged.
Further details are available from the Crematorium Office.