Foulon ashes will be moved with the ‘utmost respect’

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TWO granite columbariums are being built next to the Garden of Rest at Le Foulon Cemetery.

One of the two new granite columbariums which have been constructed at Le Foulon as part of the work there which includes replacing the cremator. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 26861848)

The work is part of a project which the States approved in 2018 to replace the cremator and improve associated facilities.

In order to create space for the new cremators, ashes currently stored behind plaques on either side of the chapel will be relocated into one of the columbariums.

A spokesman for States Property Services said only two columbariums were planned at the current time – one to accommodate the relocation of existing ashes and plaques and the other to provide extra capacity.

‘There is space for additional structures in the future should they be required,’ he said. ‘Capacity has been increased to enable niches to be offered as part of the facilities provided at Le Foulon. These details will be released in due course.’

The layout of the plaques which have to moved will remain the same at the new location. The spokesman said he appreciated that moving the ashes was of a sensitive nature and he would like to assure anyone concerned that it would be done with the utmost respect.

To notify family members and loved ones of the relocation, notices have been placed at the existing columbarium next to the chapel and letters have been sent to family members wherever possible.

Memorial walls within the Garden of Rest provide space for plaques for those people who wish to have a memorial for loved ones but do not wish to have the urns interred. The columbarium provides an alternative where the ashes can be interred behind the plaques.

‘The structures provide for different requirements and are complementary of one another, forming part of the package of services offered by Le Foulon,’ said the spokesman. The cost of a space on the memorial wall is currently £248.

Ashes can be scattered in the Garden of Rest or on an existing grave in the cemetery. Alternatively, the urn and ashes can be interred in an ashes plot in the main cemetery.

. Property Services is aware that not everyone affected has been able to be traced and contacted. They are therefore inviting anyone who has family or loved ones interred in the existing columbarium either side of the chapel that has not received a letter to call Nigel Le Sauvage on 717000 for further information.

Nigel Baudains

By Nigel Baudains
News reporter

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