The South Leicestershire Memorial Park and Crematorium is located on the on the Foston Road at the northern end of Countethorpe, and has been designed to blend in with the existing Countesthorpe cemetery next door. Visitors to the cemetery may use the extra car parking provided at the crematorium; and the crematorium chapel can also be booked for burial services.
The Garden of Remembrance offers memorialisation made exclusively from British stone, and so will blend perfectly with the surrounding Leicestershire countryside.
The chapel seats 100 people, it has the potential to stand and seat 200 by including the foyer space, and can accommodate services of over 400 people on the site by piping the service outside under the porte-cochere. It may be used for cremation, burial or memorial services. Parking for 89 vehicles is also available with overflow capacity for around an additional 40 places.
Within the chapel there is a hearing loop to assist those with hearing difficulties; an Obitus media system, which downloads music from anywhere in the world via the internet; an organ to accompany those wishing to sing hymns; a public address system; two plasma televisions for pre-recorded eulogies or silent photographic presentations during the service and web cam facilities for internet viewing for those unable to attend a service. A single projected image and committal lighting is also available free of charge – for more details, click here.
The subtle use of colour is intended to be sober and serene rather than depressing and morbid. Views from the huge picture window in the chapel are restful, rural and appropriate.
A funeral service may be a religious commitment to whichever faith. It may not be. Either way, for the bereaved family and friends it is a very sad and deeply personal experience. Therefore, it is essential that on the day they feel that they have the chapel to themselves and are not merely part of a tragic conveyor belt.
Service times are available at 1 hour intervals and can be extended upon request. Services can also be booked on Saturday before noon.