That was the Big Conversation at last Friday’s pet and human cremation seminar
Last Friday, the 15th November, Matthews Environmental Solutions attended the important Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Cemeteries and Crematoria Seminar 2019 that was held at the impressive Crewe Hall located in Crewe, Cheshire. As expected it was a lively and informative event that covered many of today’s topical subjects that are now concerning local council bereavement departments. None more so, it must be said, than when the subject of pet cremation as a viable and financially sustainable ‘add on’ facility for crematoria authorities came up for discussion. We’re delighted to say that MES was on-hand to answer many of the questions posed.
The MES team at the seminar comprised Commercial Director, Sam Fregapane, ably supported by Allison Gunther and Lekh Raj. We set up a small stand complete with lots of literature and other useful information about our own human cremation and pet cremation design and manufacturing capabilities, but it was our unique knowledge of the two markets that so many delegates were keen to chat about.
Although at first glance they may appear to be quite separate and distinct, we discovered that there is a growing interest in understanding more about the synergy and how pet cremation can quite easily become a feasible and compatible service for human crematoria operators.
When the subject of pet cremation appeared on the agenda and one local council explained just how they have already dovetailed this facility alongside their human cremation operation, it prompted what can only be described as a lively debate covering a wide range of topics including ethics, the environment, practicalities, sensitivities, costs and not least … the level of fees that could realistically be charged.
After the seminar and as delegates sought more information and answers, it was not surprising that our small MES stand was constantly swamped by people all asking questions and wanting to gain more knowledge on this potentially sensitive subject.
Naturally, as one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of both human cremation and pet cremation systems, and with literally hundreds of installations successfully operating all around the world, there is no one more qualified or better placed than MES to provide the information required.
There is no doubt that if properly planned, prepared and presented; pet cremation can and in fact in a number of cases is already operating as a respectful and financially sustainable compatible facility alongside conventional human cremation services. At MES, even though it is still ‘early days’, we can only see this twinning of the two services becoming increasingly popular with local authorities and also with private crematoria operators as they plan their future strategies.
All the MES team who were present at this important seminar would like to sincerely thank the organisers for bringing everyone together and we’d also like to thank the many delegates who made the occasion so interesting, informative and enjoyable. It was great to meet so many new people and to speak again with many of the delegates we met at the recent Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) convention.
If you would like to know more about how we can design, engineer, install and maintain your human cremation technology and to learn more about our pet cremation experience and expertise, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call us on +44 (0)161 337 4488. You can also email us at email@example.com, or you can send us an online message using the form that can be found on our Contact page.