Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery upgrade a godsend
THE pain of losing a loved one is immeasurable.
But the stress that often follows a loss will be reduced at Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery after the long awaited opening of a new chapel and tea room.
This means that Ipswich families can now complete funeral arrangements in the one location.
The $2.4 million development by Ipswich City Council and cemetery managers Norwood Park Limited has provided for the tea room and a chapel with state-of-the-art audio facilities.
Ironbark's Fay Schultz's husband Darrell, parents, father and mother-in-law and sister-in-law are all buried at Warrill Park.
She said the new development was a Godsend for all.
"Ipswich really needed this because in the past you had to go somewhere else for the service and then come all the way back here for the burial," Ms Schultz said.
"Now that they have got this it is just so convenient for all Ipswich people.
"If I'd had this when my husband was buried it would have made a lot of difference. It would have been so much easier.
"He's been gone 24 years. I lost him when he was 54 years old."
The new chapel was also welcomed by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale whose father Joe and mother Maria were laid to rest at Warrill Park.
"I lost my dad when he was 62 and that was daunting," he said.
"Mum used to come out here every week and she would complain and complain about the condition of the cemetery.
"When I first got elected she said 'fix up the cemetery', so it became a priority.
"Now mum and dad are both here.
"It is great to see this chapel completed and it is non-denominational, for all faiths.
"If we don't respect our loved ones who have passed away, we are not a city."
Cr Pisasale said he too would have had a service for his parents at Warrill Park if the chapel had been available.
"When we buried dad it was so stressful," he recalled.
"We had the service and came out here and they had dug the wrong hole.
"Mum realised it and we had to all go back home and wait three hours for the cemetery to dig the right hole.
"Dad was always a practical joker and I thought 'he's got us again'."
Cr Sheila Ireland said at the opening cereemony yesterday that while Warrill Park was primarily a lawn cemetery it "also includes columbrium walls and gardens for memorial of cremated remains".
"We hope this new facility will make the process of paying respect just a little bit easier, particularly with the support of the wonderful Warrill Park staff," she said.