Mansfield’s Crematorium and its four cemeteries in the district have achieved gold awards for their responsive and caring approach to helping the bereaved.
The accreditations have been awarded under the Charter for the Bereaved, a scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.
The charter aims to improve levels of service and raise awareness about issues surrounding bereavement and rights of the bereaved, helping them to influence funeral arrangements and thereby control the costs.
Portfolio holder for the environment Councillor Andrew Tristram said: “It is an area of service that the public perhaps do not like to think about too much but the quality of these services makes a big difference to people at a vulnerable time so it is very gratifying that in Mansfield we provide services at our crematorium and cemeteries that have been judged to meet the highest standards.”
A total of 117 teams across the UK are considered for the accreditation and Mansfield’s cemeteries in Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Warsop and Pleasley Hill, which are run by Mansfield District Council, were among 37 teams to achieve the gold award.
The crematorium, which is run jointly by Mansfield District Council, Ashfield District Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council, was among 47 teams in the country to be awarded gold for its service.
The Charter, run by the Institute, is the only recognised monitoring of cemeteries and crematoria. It checks things such as what facilities cemeteries and crematoria provide, what procedures and legalities they follow and what information is available to the public on the services offered.