HAVING the last moment to say a dignified goodbye to a loved one and bidding them the last farewell in a proper crematorium is important.
The opening of the new Korovou Crematorium in Tailevu will surely leave relatives of those that have passed on feeling a bit light-hearted as they have given their loved ones a proper farewell.
Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said the opening of the new crematorium cost $76,000 under the Prime Minister's Small Grant Scheme.
"For years, the community have asked for a facility where they can say a dignified farewell to their loved ones," Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said.
Matacula Cemetery chairman Ram Jas Maharaj said the old crematorium was almost falling into pieces when he decided to approach the Prime Minister for assistance.
"The old crematorium was very dangerous and risky for people as the roof was about to fall and almost half of the roof was gone already," he said.
"Communities within these areas are not financially well-off and when I talked to the Prime Minister about it, he said he would do it."
He said more than 200 families in Matacula and nearby areas would use the new crematorium.
The old crematorium was built in 1970.