Bereaved to benefit from action on cremation and coroner services

July 9, 2015   //   No Comments

Bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services announced yesterday by Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage.

A consultation on changes to rules for cremations will take place later this year. It will include government proposals to tackle the issues revealed by an independent report published last month into practices at Emstrey Crematorium in Shropshire. The report found unacceptable failures in the cremation of infants which denied families the closure they deserved.

A separate review will be carried out into the out-of-hours services provided by coroners in England and Wales to make sure they are sensitive to the needs of the whole community, including those whose beliefs require burials to take place quickly.  The Chancellor of the Exchequer also announced yesterday that an additional review will be launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) into existing crematorium facilities, to make sure they are adequate for all community needs in the present day.  Together the moves will form an important part of the government’s ongoing commitment to support grieving relatives dealing with the loss of loved ones.

You may read the full report here.