A first decision when arranging a funeral is whether the person who has died is to be cremated or buried.

They may have an expressed a preference during family discussions or final wishes are sometimes contained in a will. If not, the family member arranging the funeral will make the decision.


Cremation involves placing the body (and coffin) inside a very hot machine called a cremator. At the end of this process ashes remains are returned to the family.  A funeral service can be held in the chapel at the crematorium, the time allocated for the service is usually 40 minutes. If families wish to have a longer time available a double slot can be arranged.

The closest crematoria for families in Todmorden are:

Burnley Crematorium, Accrington Road, Burnley, BB11 5QD.

Park Wood Crematorium, Park, Road, Elland, HX5 9HZ.

Rochdale Crematorium, Bury Road, Rochdale, OL11 4DG.

Traditional Burial.

A traditional burial involves the internment of a body, usually in a deep grave at a cemetery or churchyard.  A burial plot is purchased by the family and the space usually allows for the internment of two bodies. Families can only purchase a plot at the time of need, unfortunately plots can not be reserved or purchased in advance.

Burial space in the Calder Valley is limited and we would make enquiries regarding availability at the time of need.

A funeral service is usually held in a church prior to the burial. Timings of ceremonies in church are quite flexible and can last between 40 minutes to 1 hour.