A new reception area has been opened at Chesterfield and District Crematorium in Brimington offering more comfortable facilities for bereaved relatives.
The facilities were opened by Chesterfield’s Mayor, Councillor Barry Bingham.
The improvements include a relocated reception area, which allows staff to be able to greet visitors as they enter the building.
A ramp, handrail and automatic doors have also been installed to improve access to the building and private consultation room has been created so that staff can meet with bereaved families alone.
A new more efficient heating system has been installed in the building and outside lights have also been installed.
Staff offices have also been refurbished.
The crematorium is run by the Chesterfield Joint Crematorium Committee on behalf of Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council and North East Derbyshire District Council.
The committee’s chairman, Councillor Chris Ludlow, said: “Families who have lost a loved one are often in a distressed state and our refurbished reception area and private consultation room will offer them a far more comfortable environment.
“This part of a range of improvements we are introducing at the crematorium to make what will always be a difficult experience as easy as possible.”
Anyone whose loved one has died can organise services at the crematorium regardless of where they live or religious beliefs.
The crematorium’s grounds also include a cemetery and a Peter Pan memorial garden created with Chesterfield SANDS - the stillbirth and neo-natal death charity, for families who have lost babies before, during or after birth.