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Choosing a final resting place for loved ones

Published: Friday, 26th May 2017

Photograph shows Bereavement Services Team

Pendle Council's Bereavement Services Team with Rob Careswell on the left.

People in Pendle who may be agonising about a final resting place for their loved ones can now get more help and advice.

Robert Careswell leads the Bereavement Services team at Pendle Council and has launched a new guide and web pages.

“Our aim is to help people come to terms with what is often a difficult decision -  that of choosing a final resting place for their loved one’s cremated remains,” said Robert.

“Bereaved families often keep ashes for a long time and they can feel distressed and unsure about what to do with them,” he explained.

The new guide and web pages include details about Pendle Council’s six cemeteries which are not only for burials, but have a range of options after cremation, too.

They range from the imposing Victorian Colne Cemetery established in 1860, which is  Pendle Council’s oldest cemetery, to the smallest and most rural, Salterforth Cemetery, which opened in Edwardian times in 1903.

They are well maintained peaceful places, with mature trees, flower gardens and places for quiet reflection.

“People tell us they find comfort and peace of mind when they choose a final resting place,” he said.

“Funeral directors in Pendle  welcome the new guide and web pages.

"They are often storing cremated remains for families,” explained Robert.

Options for families looking for a final resting place include memorial trees, memorial walls and chambers which can all include personal inscriptions.

Details are available at  and copies of the free leaflet can be picked up from the Contact Pendle Centre at Number One Market Street, Nelson, local libraries and funeral directors. 

The Bereavement Services Office is open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4pm at the Council’s Fleet Street Depot off Scotland Road in Nelson and the team can be e mailed:

 Robert Careswell added:

“Everyone in our Bereavement Services Team provides a caring, sensitive service for people at the toughest time in their lives.

“We can help and advise people in a way which respects them and their loved ones,” he stated.