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welcome to west suffolk crematorium

The crematorium first opened in August 1989 on a pleasant greenfield site set in 13 acres. This was a much-needed asset to the people of Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages, as families previously had to travel to either Cambridge or Ipswich Crematorium, which involved a journey of almost an hour.

That obviously caused extra distress to the bereaved. As the reputation of the crematorium grew, families started using the crematorium from all parts of West Suffolk.

The crematorium has a reputation for being professional, helpful and caring. Our aim is to always give the best possible standards of care to the bereaved. We work with the Funeral Directors to ensure that each funeral service is treated as the most special service of the day.

In 2004, following an agreement with St Edmundsbury Borough Council, a burial ground was created on an existing area of haymeadow. The local authority cemetery had become full and the council could no longer provide this service.
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Malcolm, Wendy, Claire,
Royna and Dick

The new West Suffolk Cemetery is completely independent of the local authority and we offer traditional burials as well as a natural Woodland Burial area. Those choosing to have a burial in the cemetery can also use our chapel for the service first, if they prefer.

The chapel is warm and welcoming, and furnished in hand-carved oak. Seating is provided by large oak pews, each carved with autumn leaves, and this rural theme is continued on the doors and organ. The chapel seats 100 people and there is room for another 50 or so standing, and we have a PA system so that the service can be relayed outside if need be. We also have a loop system fitted.

We have an organist available for each service, who will play the organ as requested or be responsible for playing CDs, which have become such a large part of a funeral service these days. We have a large collection of music, both for the organ as well as recorded, and will always do our best to help with any special requests. Our chapel attendant is also on hand to help at the funeral service.

Our gardens are beautiful and mature, and are always filled with colour whatever the time of year. We have been told many times how the gardens help with emotions on the day of the funeral and afterwards on subsequent visits. A beautiful garden can really lift the spirits.

This year our Candlelit Carol Service will be held on Wednesday 10th December at 7.30pm. As in previous years, the service will be led by the Bury St Edmunds Salvation Army, with carols played by their band.

For those that haven't been to our Carol Service before, this evening is open for anyone to attend and sing along to traditional carols that we all know. There will be a moment during the service for families to light a candle in memory of a loved one, and remember them at this special time.

Numbers are limited, so please contact us if you would like a ticket (no charge for these). 01284 755118


Opening Times


Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: By appointment only
Sunday: Closed

Grounds and Book Chapel

Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays:
9.00am - 5.30pm

  Bank Holidays as weekend times