Your Essential Guide to the Process of Cremation: Your FAQs Answered

Your Essential Guide to the Process of Cremation | Your Essential Guide to the Process of Cremation: Your FAQs Answered | In the UK, as in other countries, you have two basic choices when it comes to a funeral service: you can have a cremation, or you can opt for a burial service, and this will often depend on the wishes of your loved one – or if they have not been able to make their wishes known, the wishes of the family and loved ones left behind.

More individuals in the UK are opting for cremations, and if you are thinking of cremation for your deceased, you may want to know all there is to know about how the process works and what you can expect. Here is your essential guide to the process of cremation: your FAQs answered. 

What happens once the deceased is at the crematorium?

What happens once the deceased is at the crematorium will be based on the kind of service you have opted for, and the service can take place at the crematorium, a place of worship, or another venue. Whichever location you choose, you can expect your loved one to be cared for and treated with the greatest respect every step of the way. The casket will be taken to the crematorium by a team of pallbearers, and they will put it on a platform for the committal. 

What happens once the committal is over?

Once the committal is over, the casket will be taken to a room, and this is where the paperwork and identification will be checked and confirmed. Afterwards, they will place the coffin in the cremator. The process usually lasts from an hour to 90 minutes, and once the ashes cool down, they are placed in a cremulator so the ashes will all be equally sized. It will then be placed in the urn along with the proper identification papers. 

Can the family or loved ones observe the process of cremation?

Almost all crematoria allow one or a couple of members of the family to witness the casket being placed inside the cremator. This is referred to as ‘charging the casket/coffin,’ as explained by the expert funeral directors in Leeds from Carroll & Carroll Independent Funeral Services. Some of the crematoria operating today have a viewing area, and some have CCTVs that allow the family to observe the cremation from another area in the building. Others also allow a small group of loved ones and family members to be present. 

What happens to the casket during the process of cremation?

The casket or coffin will be cremated along with the deceased. If you decide to put valuables inside the casket, be aware that these will also be cremated. Any metal will blacken and will simply be mixed or combined with the ashes after being removed with a magnet. It would be wise to remove any valuables beforehand because once the cremation process has begun, you will no longer be able to get back or retrieve anything from the casket. 

How long should we wait before our loved one’s ashes are given to us?

This may well be the most important question for many, and it can take around five days, but usually less. The ashes could be collected as early as the next day if the service didn’t take place on the weekend. In some cases, ashes can be collected on the same day. 

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