DISPELLING urban myths and providing correct information are some of the reasons the Invercargill City Council is hosting an open day at Southland Crematorium on Sunday.
Invercargill Cemetery and Crematorium Services supervisor Ricky Mulqueen said other crematorium open days which had been held nationally had proved popular, with “hundreds” of people attending one held in Hastings last year.
This year also marks 40 years since the Southland Crematorium was officially opened.
The open day at the Rockdale Rd crematorium will begin at 1pm and run until 3pm.
Council staff will be available to show people around the crematorium and visitors will have the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes, as well as through the chapel and the various extensive gardens, including the Garden of Memories, Garden of Rest, Garden of Roses and the Children’s Garden.
Mr Mulqueen said the afternoon would provide an opportunity for people to talk to an iwi representative and council staff about any questions they may have, ask about the various burial options, including natural burials, or cremation, and also dispel any myths, including whether animals were cremated at the facility, and how the cremator worked.
Other questions he had often been asked included how long the process took and what temperature the cremator reached.
Grief service providers, funeral directors and monumental masons would also be available, he said.