East Renfrewshire does not have a crematorium, and families have no choice but to travel to the Linn Crematorium in Glasgow, Woodside in Paisley, or even further afield to access essential crematorium services.
Families from across Paisley and the wider historic Renfrewshire borough have only ever had one real choice, that being Woodside Crematorium, which was built in 1938 and is located within a large cemetery.
For families in Glasgow South, they have the options of The Linn or Craigton. The Linn is one for the busiest crematoriums in the country, serving a very large area, and Craigton is also a dated facility set within a large cemetery.
The Hurlet Crematorium will finally provide a modern and dignified choice for local families.
On average, over 70% of funeral services are cremation, with this number increasing year-on-year.
Our research showed that the number of cremations is higher than the national average across the areas The Hurlet Crematorium will serve, with over 80% of families opting for cremation.
At Horizon, we know how important it is to have access to a high-quality crematorium facility, staffed by caring and sincere people, and the importance of time and space for families to hold a dignified funeral service.
The fact is that current facilities are already over-stretched, and this has can have a lasting and negative impact on families facing stressful and long waiting times, and poor experiences in terms of the buildings and the level of care and service they receive.