As of today, Guimarães will have a crematorium, in the Municipal Cemetery of Monchique. As a result of an investment of 800 thousand euros by Servilusa, within the scope of the public tender launched by the Chamber for the concession of space management, for 25 years, the space was inaugurated today.
With capacity for five cremations per day operating under normal conditions, in the first year Servilusa expects to carry out 740. Two direct jobs were created.
Servilua considers that the Guimarães Crematorium represents a response to the needs identified in the district, which is important for the entire Minho region, which has been showing an increasing appetite for cremation as a funeral option, in line with the national trend. , in the last years.
“With this investment, we continue our expansion plan in the area of cremation, in Minho, also fulfilling the company’s historic commitment: to contribute to the development of the sector and the communities where we operate, investing and creating jobs”, says Paulo Moniz Carreira, general business director of Servilusa, mentioned in a statement sent to O MINHO.
And he adds: “With this commitment, we are meeting the greater demand that has been seen in the market, with cremation assuming an increasing weight as an option in funerals held in Portugal and now from Guimarães”.
Portugal already has an average rate above 20% for funerals with cremation, and is now equipped with 37 crematoria in total, 33 of which are located on the mainland and ten are managed by Servilusa.
Building with 350 square meters
The Guimarães Crematorium has a building with 350 square meters of covered area, and also has an outdoor space of 150 square meters, for parking and garden.
The two-storey building with crematory oven has an entrance and an independent technical area, thus allowing the access of funeral vehicles to be different from that used by families, who will be able to accompany and say goodbye until the last moment, to the family member or friend. , through a screen.
The main services to support the service of the new crematorium include spaces for the Reception, Living Room, Cafeteria, Ecumenical Chapel, Room for the Preparation of the Dead with a cold room and a Garden of Memory or Cendrário.