The Westland Crematorium was first operated in August 1994. It was shipped to Greymouth from America and installed by the late Mr Joe Pattinson primarily so Coasters would not have to travel to Christchurch or Nelson for cremation services. Having to leave the Coast caused extra expense to families and travel issues – particularly traversing the alpine passes during winter. We now have the ability to cremate the same day as the Funeral Service if required. Our crematorium service is utilised by Hagedorns Buller Funeral Services in Westport, and Thompson’s Funeral Directors in Hokitika, and benefits the wider Coast areas also.
This particular Cremator is an All Crematorium machine and uses gas supplied by a local company. It takes approximately 3-3.5 hours for each cremation plus cooling time and processing. All the staff at Westland Funeral Services are trained to operate the cremator and have a good knowledge of the entire process.
Due to the irreversible nature of cremation, a very strict process of identification and certification is carried out for each individual.
Westland Funeral Services is proud to offer this local and cost efficient service to our client families in our community.