Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Some people express concern about the ethics and practice of cremation - a concern which may be based on religious beliefs or a matter of personal principle.
We hope this information will reassure them and dispel the popular misconceptions about the subject.
Select a question below to jump to the answer:
- Are there any religious groups which forbid cremation to their members?
- Can I keep the cremation ashes if I wish to or must I dispose of them?
- Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?
- Do I have to sign anything else at this stage?
- Does the cremation take place immediately, or are the coffins stored up until a number are ready to be cremated?
- How can I ensure that I am cremated when I die?
- How do I know I shall get the right cremation ashes?
- How is a cremation arranged?
- How many people use cremation today in Great Britain?
- If I want to know more about cremation and perhaps inspect a crematorium, how should I go about it?
- If the ashes are strewn on the ground, what happens to them?
- Is cremation more expensive than burial?
- Is more than one coffin cremated at one time in a cremator?
- Is the coffin cremated with the body?
- Must there be any religious ceremony with cremation?
- Of what do the prepared ashes consist?
- Preparation of the ashes has been mentioned - what does this entail?
- What about precious and other metals?
- What are the gardens of remembrance at a crematorium?
- What can I do if I wish to bury the ashes and have a gravestone?
- What happens about the handles and other coffin fittings?
- What happens at the crematorium on the day of the funeral?
- What happens to the coffin after the committal?
- What happens to the cremation ashes?
- What memorials are possible at the crematorium?
- What religious ceremony can I have with cremation?
- What would you recommend to people about leaving an item of jewellery on a body?