Extra help for families to remember lost loved ones
Families who have memorials at Forest of Dean Crematorium are being offered an extra year free of charge, courtesy of its parent organisation, Westerleigh Group.
The goodwill gesture recognises the fact that restrictions placed on people because of the Covid-19 pandemic have meant many have been unable to visit the memorials to their loved ones for many months.
Hannah Giles, site manager at the crematorium, said: “Throughout all the lockdown restrictions, our dedicated grounds team have continued to maintain our gardens to the highest standards.
“But we know that, during the pandemic, the government restrictions have meant that many people have been unable to visit memorials of their loved ones in the crematorium gardens as they would have wished to.
“Not being able to mark an important date or anniversary by visiting the resting place would have been upsetting for many people.
“Through providing an additional year to the length of existing memorial dedications at our crematorium, we are aiming to extend the precious opportunity of remembering a loved one.
“We hope that this will provide some comfort to the families we support, and we very much look forward to welcoming them back to our gardens as soon as they’re ready to do so.”
Anyone who would like to take up the offer can contact the Crematorium office, either in person, if appropriate and safe to do so, by calling 01594 826624 or emailing ForestofDean@westerleighgroup.co.uk
Westerleigh Group is the UK’s largest independent owner and operator of crematoria, with 35 sites nationwide, including Forest of Dean Crematorium.