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The Crematorium & Cemetery in Colchester are run by Colchester Borough Council Bereavement Services Department.

The beautiful cemetery was opened in 1856, and is full of mature trees and marvellous Victorian headstones. Over 64,000 people have been buried here since the cemetery opened. The 64 acres are home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna, from barn owls to badgers, and foxes to fungi. The grounds are lovingly tended by a team of contracted gardeners. Nestling in the heart of the old cemetery, one of the cemetery chapels has been opened as a florist and attractive tea room, run by tenants.

The crematorium opened in 1957. Surrounded by the beautiful six acre Garden of Remembrance, the elegant chapel seats a congregation of 120, and also boasts a capacious waiting suite, a Book of Remembrance room and Prayer room which are open every day of the year. Music for services is supplied via the electronic Wesley System but families can also choose to hire an organist to play the organ.

The knowledgeable, friendly and caring Bereavement Services staff are based in the office at the Crematorium. They can be reached by email at intheirmemory@colchester.gov.uk or by telephone on 01206 282950. The postal address is: The Crematorium Office, Mersea Road, Colchester, CO2 8RU.

Bereavement Services are here to help you with funeral details; helping you in choosing graves for immediate use or purchases in advance; assisting you in choosing Garden of Remembrance memorials, ordering them for you and informing you when they are in place; carrying out cremations, burials and scattering of ashes; approving your cemetery memorial application, sent to us by your stonemason; searching our registers for the records of your loved ones or for genealogical purposes; and they are happy to give you the empathetic help, advice and support you need.