The Cardiff and Glamorgan Memorial Park and Crematorium is located near Wenvoe Castle, Barry, South Wales and has been designed to be in keeping with the Vale’s surroundings, using, where possible, local materials and products such as Welsh slate and stone.
The Garden of Remembrance offers memorialisation made exclusively from British stone, and so will blend perfectly with the surrounding undulating Flintshire countryside, overlooking the Dee Valley.
The chapel seats 95 people and 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 or memorial services. Parking for 38 vehicles is available immediately in front of the crematorium, with overflow capacity of an additional 60 spaces.
Within the chapel there is a hearing loop to assist those with hearing difficulties; a Wesley music 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.
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 at weekends.