Can I keep the cremated remains, or do I have to dispose of them?

Disposal of the remains is the responsibility of the estate administrators. There is no legal obligation to dispose of remains, so they can be kept. Alternatively, they can be scattered, or deposited in the form of a memorial (bench, tree etc.), where family and friends can visit to pay respects.

How can I be sure I’m getting the right ashes?

Every coffin is strictly catalogued and features clear identification at every point in the process. Further to this, only one coffin is permitted for cremation at a time (unless otherwise indicated and permissions sought), and all remains are removed before the chamber is used again, ensuring remains are kept separate at all times. Furthermore, the… Continue reading How can I be sure I’m getting the right ashes?

Is more than one coffin cremated at same time?

No. The only exception to this rule is in the case of a mother and baby, or twin children, however, permission must be sought from the relevant authority in order to do so.

What happens to the coffin’s handles and other fittings?

Some crematoria remove the ‘non-organic’ matter, such as handles etc, due to their chemical composition and potential damage that can cause to a cremation chamber, and environment. Crematoria are required to abide by strict terms set out in their operating licenses, issued by the Environment Protection Authority.

Is the coffin cremated with the body?

Yes, the coffin and body are cremated together.

Does the cremation take place immediately?

Cremation will take place as soon as possible after the service.

What happens to the coffin immediately after the service?

Once in the committal room, the nameplate of the coffin is checked against the cremation order to for confirmation of identity. The coffin is then labelled, and cremated as soon as possible after the service, unless directed otherwise, for example, donation of the body for medical research.

What happens at the crematorium on the day of the funeral?

On the day of the funeral your loved one is brought into the Chapel in a coffin, and placed on the committal table in preparation for a viewing. Mourners then enter and take a seat. At the appropriate time during the service the coffin is removed from view by either the closing of curtains, or… Continue reading What happens at the crematorium on the day of the funeral?

Do I have to sign anything?

The Executor of the Will, or Next of Kin will be required to complete an application for cremation, and any associated crematorium authority forms. The designated representative will also be asked to indicate intention regarding the disposal of the cremated remains. For more information on the logistics of arranging a funeral, see Funeral Arrangement.

What religious ceremony can I have with cremation?

Burial and cremation services share many of the same traditions, including religious rituals; the only point of difference between the two is the committal. The committal in a cremation service can be delivered anywhere (within reason): offsite at a place meaningful to the family or deceased, at a family church or place of worship, at… Continue reading What religious ceremony can I have with cremation?