Question: What is  Cremation?

Cremation is the process by which a body is exposed to extreme heat, usually 800 - 1200 degrees Celsius for one and half to two hours or more, (depending on the size and weight of the body) which is the process where the body is reduced to its basic elements, which are referred to as the "cremated body" or "cremated remains". Cremation occurs at a crematorium in a special kind of furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. It may surprise many to learn that ashes are not the final result since cremated remains have neither the appearance nor the chemical properties of ashes. They are, in fact, bone fragments. These fragments are further reduced in size through a mechanical process. After preparation, these elements are placed in a temporary container that is suitable for transport. Depending upon the size of the body, there are normally 1.5kg to 4kg of fragments resulting.



Question: Is Cremation more expensive than burial?

No.  Generally the cost of a grave is much higher than the fee charged for cremation.  However, the funeral director’s charges are much the same for both services.  The only additional charge for cremation arises when the death has not been referred to the Coroner, therefore a fee to two doctors have to be paid for the necessary certificates.  This does not apply to burial.  With a cremation there are no later costs for headstones, grave care etc which does arise with burial.



Question: What options are available with cremated remains (cremains)?

Some options include remains being buried in a cemetery lot or at some churches (Wall of remembrance) or cremation garden (Garden of remembrance), in-urned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered into the sea.


Question: Can I keep the cremated remains or must it be disposed of?

You are free to do whatever you wish to with the cremains. We have an extensive range of cremation urns, cremation keepsakes and jewellery which you may purchase from our online store. Your funeral director can also assist you with your options.