Category Archives: Bereavement Services

Park Wood Crematorium in Calderdale has been praised for its “excellent level of service” in a recent inspection. The facility, based in Elland, was inspected by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities in May 2024, and scored nearly top marks – 461 points out of a possible 470. The crematorium was assessed against more… read more … about Crematorium praised by inspector>>

Park Wood Crematorium

Following the confirmation from the Prime Minister that the next stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead as planned from Monday 17 May, Calderdale Council is reviewing the impact on its services. The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said: “Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown sees… read more … about Safely welcoming the further easing of restrictions>>

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Parkwood Crematorium in Elland has hosted the annual Calderdale Christmas Remembrance Service, for Calderdale families to remember loved ones in this particularly challenging year.  The service, which was broadcast via webcast for the first time, was held in the Chapel at Parkwood and led by the Reverend Canon Hilary Barber of Halifax Minster. The sermon… read more … about Parkwood hosts special virtual remembrance service>>

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Mourners in Calderdale will soon be able to enter the chapel at Park Wood Crematorium once more to attend the funeral service of a loved one. Strict restrictions have been in place at funeral services throughout the lockdown to ensure social distancing is maintained to protect mourners, Bereavement Service colleagues and funeral directors as much… read more … about Changes to funeral services>>


Bereaved families in Calderdale will now be able to attend a short outdoor service for cremations at Park Wood Crematorium, enabling them to say goodbye to their loved ones whilst protecting people’s safety through social distancing outdoors. Calderdale Council has changed its approach to cremations to provide extra support to grieving families, giving up to… read more … about Supporting bereaved families during the COVID-19 outbreak>>


Following further, stricter guidance from Government, Calderdale Council has taken the difficult decision to make additional changes to funeral services. Currently, burials and cremations are going ahead with a maximum of ten people attending the cremation services and with up to 20 people allowed at burials, provided that social distancing is being observed for everyone’s… read more … about COVID-19 – Changes to funeral services in Calderdale>>


On Sunday 10 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and events and services are taking place across Calderdale to mark this important occasion. The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The parade will… read more … about Remembrance in Calderdale>>

Poppy garden at Park Wood

A new pet memorial garden at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland, gives bereaved pet owners the chance to remember their much-loved companions in peaceful surroundings. Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, said: “For many people, pets are part of the family and provide great companionship. Losing them is a very… read more … about New memorial garden to remember much-loved pets>>