Cremation involves placing a body (and coffin) inside a very hot machine called a cremator. At the end of this process, ashes remain and are returned to you.
Crematoria are usually set in peaceful locations and have an area where you can visit after the funeral service to remember the person who has died.
If you choose a cremation, the service can be the crematorium or can be in any other venue of your choosing (such as a church or private venue). Most crematoria allocate specific time slots (20-30 minutes) and you may wish to consider booking a “double slot” if you wish to hold a longer service. It is possible to have a very small and intimate service or to accommodate much larger groups.
In some crematoria, there are facilities to provide webcasts or record the service on DVD. Many people use this option if there are friends or family who are not able to attend the service. If this is something you would like to consider, we can provide you with further information.
Please note, funeral directors are not responsible for the setting of cremation fees. These are set locally and are standard throughout the chosen area.
Direct Cremation means that the body is taken from the funeral director to the crematorium and cremation takes place without a service, or any friends or family in attendance. The ashes are then collected by friends or family at a later date. With a direct cremation, you are able to visit the person who has died in the funeral home and the time, date and location of cremation are decided by the funeral director.
People may choose a direct cremation if they do not want the ‘fuss’ of a funeral or because they don’t feel that they can relate to a traditional funeral. Others choose this option as they plan to hold a commemorative service later.
Some are choosing direct cremation because it is perceived to be the cheapest option. Although this is often the case, it is also possible to plan an affordable funeral or cremation which is less restrictive. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss direct cremation, or one of our simple options.
Once the cremation has taken place, you then decide what you would like to happen with the ashes. There are different options you can consider, some more traditional and others slightly more unique, which include:
- Scattering at a favourite place – if you wish the ashes to be taken out of the country, please tell us so we can provide the relevant documents for you
- Scattering them in the memorial garden at the crematorium – you may choose to be present or, if you prefer, crematorium staff can scatter them for you
- Keeping them in your home in an urn – there are many beautiful ornamental urns which you could choose from
- Burying them, perhaps with another member of the family who has died
- Using a bio-urn to grow a tree from the ashes of a loved one
- Having some or all of the ashes made into keepsakes such as jewellery, art pieces and wind chimes
- Scattering ashes at sea (possibly in a water soluble urn)
- Incorporating ashes into a firework display
- Using the ashes within a Teddy Bear urn