A borough crematorium is once again operational after a near £3m refurbishment.
Guests were on hand at Tynemouth Crematorium on Monday for the re-opening.
A total of £2.7m has been spent extending and refurbishing the chapel while a new waiting area and lobby has been created.
New and old stonework has been matched and an arched window, partially removed during a refurbishment many years ago, has been reinstated.
And the Book of Remembrance has been moved to a new area behind the cemetery office, meaning that people can now view it without having to go into the chapel.
Toilet facilities have also been improved.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It is extremely difficult when a loved one dies, and the council does all it can to make sure that those who are bereaved receive the very best care and support.
“I am pleased that even in difficult financial times we have been able to invest in the crematorium and carry out the improvements that local people themselves have asked for.”
As well as the extension, new multi-media equipment has been installed so families can now show photographs and videos of their loved ones during the service, should they wish to do so.
The work has also included replacing the cremators and fitting new mercury abatement equipment.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, added: “Within the last year we have undertaken work at Whitley Bay and Tynemouth crematoria.
“And while our bereavement service has retained a gold award status for the last four years, we’re always looking at ways to improve it further.”
“We have also ensured the project at Tynemouth Crematorium was delivered within budget at no extra cost to the tax payer.”
The investment work at Tynemouth Crematorium was carried out on behalf of the council by Kier North Tyneside.
Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed this programme of works, upgrading an essential public service for the residents of the borough.
“This major refurbishment of the building and facilities will offer an enhanced environment, which will help support bereaved families at a very difficult time.”