East of England Co-op Funeral Services has held the dedication ceremony for its new chapel of rest, which was built to meet the needs of the “vibrant and diverse” community.
The service, held last month, was attended by the local mayor and other dignitaries.
Andrew Dawes, head of specialist services at East of England Co-op, said: “We live in a vibrant and diverse community and have worked closely with EEFA to create a space where people can practise their beliefs and reflect in a peaceful environment.
“It’s all the little things that make a difference – from capturing the true essence of an individual in a service, to the welcome and facilities, we’re able to offer support to families in their time of need.”
Based just outside Ipswich, the chapel opened earlier this year and offers a warm reception, quiet rooms for families and loved ones to use for reflection, and three large private viewing rooms.
Each room is designed with subtle differences and gentle distractions to make the experience less daunting.
There are coloured bean bags and boxes of toys to help make the experience a little easier for families with children. Pets are also welcome.
The chapel is available to all members of the community, regardless of faith or belief.
“We appreciate the opportunity to support the work of the East of England Co-op Funeral Services,” said Cynthia Capey, managing director of EEFA. “The team is well equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of clients with different faiths and from diverse cultural backgrounds.”
East of England is the largest independent retailer in East Anglia, with over 200 branches, including funeral, food retail, travel, pharmacy, post offices, opticians and investment property.
All 47 of its funeral branches have signed up to the Fair Funeral Pledge and offer one-to-one support with experienced bereavement counsellors providing the support people need in a safe, confidential environment.
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