Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/6/2004

Crematorium day to lift lid on funerals

A CITY crematorium is staging an open day in a bid to dispel myths over funerals. As reported by the Scotsman.

Workers at Seafield Crematorium (in Edinburgh) will be giving a guided tour of the facility and explaining to members of the public what happens during a typical funeral.

Several schools have also been invited along and careers advice will be available to anyone interested.

Jane Darby, superintendent of Seafield, feels it is important people are aware of how professional workers at the crematorium are.

She said: “I love my job because I get to look after people when they are at their most vulnerable.

“There are myths that all the people get cremated at the same time or that we give the coffins back to the funeral directors to re-use.

“These are all nonsense and can be quite hurtful. All the staff here are very professional and the open day is a way of letting people see what we do and how we do it.

“We hope to get a lot of people in to see us. This is a really big place with 38,000 internments so it means a lot to a lot of people.”

Groups of people will be shown round on a guided tour which will take in all the main functions of the crematorium. The open day is on Saturday from 10am until 3pm.

http://news.scotsman.com/archive.cfm?id=627812004

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