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Crematory recently completed at Andrews Funeral Home

Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory recently completed a $100,000 project to open a nine-ton crematory at its Gloucester Court House location.

Jerry Andrews of Gloucester, who owns the business with his wife Ann, said they have offered cremation for many years but that service had been performed at a Hampton facility. The new crematory opened here on May 13.

The unit is so large, Andrews said, that it was brought in by tractor-trailer and a crane was needed to place it in a refurbished portion of the property. The crematory is 12 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 7½  feet tall.

There’s been increased demand for cremation in recent years, Andrews said. Twenty-five years ago cremation might have been 10 percent of total business, he said; today, cremation represents about half the business.

The crematory provides intense heat to reduce a body to ashes, also called cremains, Andrews said, which are often placed in an urn that might be retained by the family intact or the ...

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