Some commonly asked questions about cremations:
Is a cremation more expensive than a burial?
Generally, a cremation is cheaper than a burial as you are not having to purchase a Grant of Right or "Plot". However, you should discuss the matter with one of our funeral arrangers who will be able to advise you of the associated costs with cremations and burials (depending on the Shire).
Do I have to sign anything?
Yes. If you are the executor or the next of kin (or authorised by either to do so) you will be asked to complete an application for the cremation and the Crematorium's authority forms.
How can I ensure that I am cremated when I die?
Instructions (whether verbal or written) relating to your desire to be cremated are not binding in law unless written in your Will.
Is cremation an option for people of all faiths?
Cremation is usually not acceptable within Orthodox Judaism, Islam and Eastern Orthodoxy. However, most Christian denominations (including Catholic) approve cremation, and it is the preferred method among Hindus and many Buddhists.
Can my family place items in my coffin if I am being cremated?
Yes, they can, however, there are some items that are not suitable for cremation and could in fact be hazardous to staff and visitors to the crematorium. These include items made from rubber, batteries, metal, photo frames or glass, pressurised cans or alcohol.
What happens to the coffin after the service?
It is withdrawn into a committal room where the nameplate of the coffin is checked with the cremation paperwork to ensure correct identification with a label giving all the relevant information. The identification then stays with the remains until final placement.
Does the cremation take place immediately, or are the coffins stored up until a number are ready to be cremated?
Depending on state laws, cremation will take place as soon as practicable after the service.
Is the coffin cremated with the body?
Yes. Only metal handles or fixtures may be removed if required.
Is more than one coffin cremated at one time in a cremator?
No. The only exceptions permitted to this rule may be in the case of a mother and baby or twin children.
Can I be certain I get the right cremated remains?
Yes. Each coffin is identified on arrival and its specific identity label accompanies the remains throughout the entire process. Finally, each container is again checked and then labelled.
What does preparation of the cremated remains entail?
When the cremation is complete, the remains are withdrawn from the cremator into a cooling tray.
When cool, the remains are placed into a machine that removes metallic materials (including nails, wire, prostheses) and reduces any large residue to a fine, pale ash. The granular remains are then sealed in a suitable container identified by the name of the deceased person.
What can be done with cremated remains?
Cremated remains may be buried in a grave, kept in an urn, scattered in a favourite place, or interred with a lasting memorial at a Cemetery.