If you are looking to arrange a cremation funeral at Mortlake Crematorium in Richmond upon Thames, speaking to White Rose Modern Funerals is the best way to receive advice and guidance based on our years of experience.
We highly rate Mortlake Crematorium, both for the venue as well as the team. The gardens are beautifully maintained, the bright art deco chapel is stunning and the team at Mortlake, headed by manager Natasha, is delightful to work with. In our opinion it is the most caring and well managed crematorium in London.
It is possible to arrange a visit to the crematorium should you wish to have a look around.
Organising the paperwork
First of all you will need to register the death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. If the death occurred locally within Richmond upon Thames you should do this at Richmond Register Office.
The registrar will post you the death certificate(s) and email the Certificate for Burial or Cremation – known as ‘the Green Form’ – to your funeral director. If the death was reported to HM Coroner, the process is a little different and you will need to wait for permission from the Coroner before you can register the death (or in the case of an inquest, the Coroner will register the death directly).
To book a cremation at Mortlake Crematorium, there are a number of official forms to be completed, which we at White Rose can help you complete and submit. These include the Cremation Application Form, which needs to be accompanied by Cremation Form 4 (completed by a doctor, for which a fee of £82 is payable) and the Green Form.
For deaths reported to HM Coroner which require a post-mortem, then a different form, Cremation Form 6, will be required instead – in which case you won’t need to pay for form 4.
If the death occurred at a hospital, you will need to inform the Patient Affairs or Bereavement Office who you have appointed as your funeral director. This will then allow us to liaise with them to obtain the necessary paperwork.
At White Rose, we can help with the process of organising all the paperwork required for a cremation at Mortlake Crematorium which can usually be completed within a week or so. The forms can all be pre-completed by us and digitally signed by you, all of which we will handle for you.
Booking a cremation at Mortlake Crematorium
If you have appointed us as your funeral director, we will help you complete, check and submit all the necessary forms. We also have access to the diary at Mortlake Crematorium, so you can liaise directly with us to choose a date and time for the service.
At White Rose we have all of the required forms on file, so if we are arranging the cremation then we will ensure that these are all correctly completed.
How much does a cremation at Mortlake Crematorium cost?
The cremation fee depends on the timing of the cremation. For services from 10am onwards, there is a standard fee, however if you choose an early morning service (starting at 9am or 9.30am) this fee is reduced. The up-to-date amounts are shown on our dedicated page for Mortlake Crematorium.
Bear in mind that these are just the crematorium fees. For an idea of other costs involved in arranging a cremation funeral, read our blog on how much a cremation funeral costs or see our pages on No Fuss Pre-10am Cremation or Personalised Cremation.
How much time do you get for a cremation at Mortlake Crematorium?
The standard service time is 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes allocated for those attending to enter and exit. This can be extended for an additional fee for a double service, giving you up to an hour in the Chapel.
The cremation service at Mortlake Crematorium
At Mortlake Crematorium the spacious chapel can seat up to 130 attendees (94 in the main ground floor area, with space for a further 36 in the upstairs gallery section). There is a waiting room and toilets to the left of the chapel.
There are two portrait TV screens in the chapel – we often create video slideshows set to music that can be played on these screens, plus a static image can also be displayed during the service. There is an unlimited music library which is pre-programmed in advance of the service – or you can choose to have live music or an organist performing.
Whether you wish to have a low key No Fuss service or something more elaborate, perhaps led by a celebrant or minister, at White Rose we can help you create a personal, bespoke service.
After the cremation service, mourners exit the Chapel and are directed to the flower terrace where any floral tributes will be on display.
For more advice on planning the cremation service see arranging a funeral.
What happens after the cremation?
You may wish to organise a funeral reception at a local pub or other venue in Richmond upon Thames – see our list of local funeral reception venues in Richmond.
We can collect the ashes for you and arrange collection or delivery – or you can opt to have the ashes scattered at Mortlake Crematorium in their garden.
How to find Mortlake Crematorium
Mortlake Crematorium is located very near Kew and Chiswick Bridge. Turn into Townmead Road off the A205 Mortlake Road. At the mini-roundabout, turn right into Kew Meadow Path.
When you first enter through the main gates, you will see the main car park on the left hand side. From there you can walk up to the chapel – if you enter by the left hand archway, you can access the waiting room and toilets.
Contact details for Mortlake Crematorium:
Kew Meadow Path
At White Rose we can arrange a simple No Fuss Pre-10am Cremation, typically either attended by a small group of family members at Mortlake Crematorium. We can also arrange a fully personalised funeral service at Mortlake Crematorium, which may include a service led by a celebrant or minister.
Please call us on 020 3281 1045 to discuss organising a cremation at Mortlake Crematorium.