More information on cremations, including the process and what you need to do.  

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What’s involved

Once your service is complete, the coffin or casket will be taken into the crematory and charged to the cremator. The cremated human remains are then withdrawn from the cremator and placed in a cremulator, to reduce them to a fine ash.

The ashes will then be packaged and labelled ready for collection.All ashes will be parcelled in an individual paper bag and a premium cardboard box. If you have arranged for an urn or keepsake to hold your ashes, they will be appropriately placed inside prior to collection.

If you have used a Funeral Director, they will collect these for you and return them to you at their place of business. If you wish to collect ashes directly from the crematorium, the person who applied for the cremation must be present.

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Altrincham Crematorium

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Opened in July 1963, Altrincham Crematorium is situated on the same site as Dunham Lawn Cemetery, with the crematorium and chapel building located in front of the cemetery.

Altrincham Crematorium gardens of remembrance map



Opened in 1959, the chapel at Altrincham is multi denominational and all religious emblems can be removed on request. The chapel is also outfitted with an electronic organ, a computerised music system, and an induction loop system.The music system is provided by Wesley Music and they can usually source any published music you may require.

The chapel has capacity for 110 seated, plus 30 standing – with a screen in the entrance hall where any additional attendees may watch the service.


  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access
  • 2 Car Parks (with disabled bays)


Whitehouse Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5RH

Getting here by car

The crematorium is signed from the A56 at Broadheath and Bowdon near junction 7 on the M56.

Getting here using public transport

The closest train/tram stop is Altrincham. From here, visitors should board the number 247 bus – which runs every 30 minutes – to the ‘Sinderland Lane’ bus stop. This takes about 20 minutes. From the bus stop it is roughly 300 meter walk up Whitehouse Lane to the site.

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What paperwork you need

Once you have chosen cremation, you will need to submit the relevant paperwork to Trafford Bereavement Services to begin the process.

All forms must be submitted in hardcopy/paper form.

The relevant forms you will need to complete are:

If you are having a service, you will also need to complete the cremation particulars form.

Alongside the forms above, you will need to submit the 'Green Form’, from the Register Office or The Coroner’s Certificate.

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Collection and/or disposal of cremated remains

Cremated remains will be held for collection at the crematorium for 28 days free of charge – after which a monthly charge will be applied.

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Interment of cremated remains

There are different options available for the interment of cremated remains, depending on availability and choice of cemetery:

Dunham Lawn Cemetery

Cremated remains can be interred in an existing burial plot, but there are no new burial plots available. New vaults and niches are available.

Hale Cemetery

New vaults are available for the interment of cremated remains.

Sale, Stretford, and Urmston Cemeteries

New burial plots are available for the interment of cremated remains.

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Ash scattering at Dunham Lawn, Sale, Stretford and Urmston

Cremated remains can be scattered in specific areas of Dunham Lawn, Sale, Stretford, and Urmston cemeteries.

For details of other options available for the disposal of cremated human remains, see the memorials page.

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Approximate timescales

Depending on the time of year, the waiting list for cremation can vary. As a rough guide, you will usually be able to book a cremation to take place within 6 weeks after you contact Trafford Bereavement Services unless there is prevailing religious guidance which requires more immediate action.

Cremations can take place at Altrincham Crematorium between the hours of:

  • 9.00am – 3.00pm, Monday to Thursday
  • 9.00am – 1.30pm, Fridays

Burials are not available to take place on bank holidays.

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View further information about fees and charges, including financial aid available.

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Consider memorials

There are a number of memorial options available. Full details can be found on the memorials page.