Being able to reflect on the loss of a loved one, and the happy times you shared together, is an important step in the grieving process. At a crematorium, a garden of remembrance is a quiet, contemplative space that allows friends and family to remember loved ones in a dedicated location.
Losing a loved one can be hard so having a place to give a family comfort to remember them in a quiet part of the crematorium is important. Having that place where you can reflect and look back at a loved one’s life helps at a very difficult time - you can even scatter their ashes here if you’d prefer.
Our latest guide will explain what a garden of remembrance is at a crematorium. In particular, the things you can do while remembering a loved one in this space and the main features of the garden.
What is a garden of remembrance?
When you visit a crematorium, there’s usually an area of the grounds, separate from the internment memorials, where you can quietly reflect on the loss of a loved one. This space is often known as the garden of remembrance.
A garden of remembrance is a contemplative space, located away from the memorial garden, chapel and crematoria buildings, where mourners can remember their lost loved ones.
Each of our crematoria across England, Wales and Scotland feature a unique garden of remembrance, giving you a place to peacefully reflect on your loss.
What can you do in a garden of remembrance?
When you visit one of our crematoria with friends and family, you can visit the garden of remembrance together to reflect on the life of the person you’ve lost and the memories you shared.
While there, you’re welcome to use the gardens of remembrance as a location to scatter the ashes of your loved one. It'll be best to speak to the crematoria staff before scattering any ashes as they’ll be able to assist in making sure the space is clear ahead of your visit.
No matter the purpose of your visit, the garden of remembrance is open to anyone who needs it, to remember their loved ones in a quiet and peaceful spot surrounded by natural beauty.
The main features of a garden of remembrance
If you’ve never visited a garden of remembrance before, here are a few common features you’ll be able to make the most of.
Each of our gardens of remembrance have been specially designed and landscaped to ensure a quiet reflective space for mourners to visit. The locations of our gardens of remembrance were each selected for their tranquillity and views of the natural surroundings.
The garden of remembrance may feature benches, for visitors to sit on, giving you the freedom to stay as long as you need to. Special plants and trees, different from those in the memorial garden, may be located in the garden of remembrance.
If you have any questions about scattering the ashes of a loved one in our gardens of remembrance, just contact our team of Customer Service Specialists. They’ll be able to help you with any queries you may have and liaise with the crematorium on your behalf, letting you focus on saying goodbye to your loved one.