Sefton Council’s provision for burials and cremations has been commended through an industry award.

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) has awarded Sefton Council a silver award for cremation standards and a bronze accolade for burials.

The ICCM was founded in 1913 and provides policy and best practice guidance to burial and cremation authorities like Sefton Council.

They have strict principles to follow and look at a range of factors including caring for the community, the sensitivity of services, how qualified staff are and environmental issues surrounding cremations and burials.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member Locality Services, and the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Stephen Kermode, recently received the certificates on behalf of Sefton Council.

Cllr Fairclough said: “It is always rewarding to receive industry recognition like this as it shows that we act in a caring and professional manner.

“All our cremation and burial facilities should be managed with competence and efficiency, to ensure that the entire bereavement experience occurs without error or insensitivity, and meets the religious, secular, ethnic and cultural needs of the bereaved.

“The ICCM Guiding Principles are regularly reviewed, and updated so that we meet the changing needs of the bereaved, the environment and the society in which we all live.”


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