Halstead Road
High Garrett
Braintree
Essex
CM7 5PB

Telephone: 01376 553489

Crematorium information

Three Counties Crematorium in Braintree is a modern, state-of-the-art building, which was officially opened on 2 June 2009 by the Right Reverend J Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford.

We are able to offer increased convenience for the local community through shorter journey times as well as longer service times than other crematoria in the area.

The crematorium staff are here to help with whatever you would like for the funeral service of your loved one. We treat every family with dignity and respect, and on the day of the service we will be there to help you every step of the way.

Our chapel can accommodate larger funerals and is multi-faith; we can help you arrange the service according to your cultural and religious needs. We aim to provide the highest possible standards of care in all aspects of our service.

The crematorium also has access for the disabled, disabled toilets, a hearing loop and car parking for up to 100 vehicles.

During the Second Word War the crematorium site was used as a prisoner of war camp, housing Italian prisoners, until they surrendered in 1943, and German prisoners until 1947. None of the prisoners tried to escape and they were even allowed to leave the camp, often visiting the cinema in Braintree. A few remained in the local area following the war and one, Eberhard Wendler, who was just 17 years old when captured, placed a remembrance plaque at the official opening ceremony.

We are currently developing gardens of remembrance that will be of a high standard and provide an area of beauty and tranquillity to help families remember their loved ones.

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are as follows:

The Office:
9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday to Friday

The Grounds:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Seven days a week

The Memorial Office:
9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday to Friday

The toilets are unavailable outside of opening hours.

Parking

There are 100 parking spaces available (4 disabled).

Our fees

We know that understanding what goes into the cost of a funeral can sometimes be difficult for families. We also recognise that understanding the overall financial implications of arranging a funeral is important. To this end we have included a downloadable price list of the services available to you.

It is important to us that any confusion is completely removed to help families to fully understand what the Cremation Fee includes, and what this means as part of the wider cost of the funeral. We have outlined the elements that are necessary to provide a cremation service to you below, although of course we would be happy to discuss any further queries you might have directly with you. You can contact us at any time to talk through any further options and any fees that might apply.

The cremation fee includes the following:

  • All professional services relating to the administration and registration of the cremation, in line with statutory regulation.
  • The use of our Chapel along with the assistance of a trained staff member on the day of the service.
  • The provision of music during the funeral service (please contact the Crematorium for details of our available options).
  • The sensitive handling of the cremation in line with environmental legislation.
  • The appropriate national environmental levy for mercury abatement.
  • The scattering or interment of the ashes within our Gardens of Remembrance, or the preparation for their removal along with a suitable container and the Cremation Certificate.
  • Alternatively, we will look after the ashes for an indefinite period without charge whatsoever.

We also offer weekend services, fees for which along with  other available services are detailed in the PDF attachment entitled Cremation Price List

Please note that we are currently updating our Price List with particular reference to 'Service for a Child'. Our revised Price List will be available to download shortly, but if you have any queries on this in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details above.

Direct cremation

We have a number of options available to meet the ever increasing demand for this service which are detailed below.

Unattended Direct Cremation

  • There will be no service in the chapel and no mourners in attendance.
  • Sometime following the cremation, staff at the Crematorium will contact the Applicant to confirm instructions for the ashes in order to offer any further assistance. There are many occasions when families change their decision having had time for further thought and discussion.

Attended Direct Cremation

  • The attended direct cremation is available at 9.00am.
  • This option enables families to attend the crematorium to see the coffin in the chapel and be able to spend a few moments with the coffin before the leaving the chapel.
  • The crematorium staff will be available to help and assist you during the time at the crematorium, showing you both in and out of the chapel at the appropriate times.
  • Music may also be played should you wish.
  • Sometime following the cremation, staff at the Crematorium will contact the Applicant to confirm instructions for the ashes in order to offer any further assistance. There are many occasions when families change their mind having had time for further thought.

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