A new reception area has been opened at Chesterfield and District Crematorium in Brimington offering more comfortable facilities for bereaved relatives.
The facilities were opened by Chesterfield mayor, Councillor Barry Bingham, after work which has taken place over the last few weeks.
The improvements include:
- a relocated reception area so that visitors can be greeted by staff as soon as they enter the building
- a ramp, handrail and automatic doors installed to improve access to the building
- a private consultation room created so that staff can meet with bereaved families more privately
- installation of a new, more efficient heating system
- outside lighting installed
- a refurbishment of staff offices
The crematorium is run by the Chesterfield Joint Crematorium Committee on behalf of Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council and North East Derbyshire District Council.
The committee's chair, Councillor Chris Ludlow, said: "Families who have lost a loved one are often in a distressed state and our refurbished reception area and private consultation room will offer them a far more comfortable environment.
"This part of a range of improvements we are introducing at the crematorium to make what will always be a difficult experience as easy as possible."
Anyone whose loved one has died can have them cremated at the crematorium regardless of where they live or of religious beliefs.
The crematorium's grounds also include a cemetery and a Peter Pan memorial garden created with Chesterfield SANDS, the stillbirth and neo-natal death charity, for families who have lost babies before, during or after birth.