Understanding the Process of a Cremation Service

Cremation services have become a popular choice for funeral arrangements in the UK. To provide clarity on what occurs during a cremation service and how it differs from other funerals, we have compiled this informative guide.

Location of a Cremation Service:

When opting for cremation as part of funeral arrangements, the cremation service can take place at the crematorium itself or at an alternative venue such as a place of worship or town hall. Typically, cremation services are held prior to the actual cremation of the body.

Preparation before the Cremation Service:

The funeral director will arrive at the family’s home with the hearse and any accompanying limousines. They will then transport the family to the crematorium for the service. Alternatively, the family may choose to meet the funeral procession directly at the crematorium.

What can be Placed in the Coffin for Cremation?

Before the cremation, family members may elect to include personal items inside the coffin. Permissible items may include:

– Wooden rosary beads

– Soft toys or blankets

– Written messages or cards

– Flowers

– Jewelry

– Books

Any non-cremationable items found in the coffin will be removed and returned to the family following the cremation. If uncertain about item allowances, it is advisable to consult with your local funeral director for guidance.

Proceedings during the Cremation Service:

Similar to other funeral services, a cremation service may follow a religious ritual or be personalized by the family. During the service:

– Pallbearers will carry the coffin into the crematorium, unless a wheeled bier is utilized.

– The family can decide whether guests should wait inside or stand outside until the coffin enters the crematorium.

– Typically, the family will follow the coffin into the venue and be seated at the front.

– An officiant will lead the service, which often includes readings, eulogies, and music selected by the family.

– Some crematoriums have curtains that can be closed to signify the conclusion of the service, based on the family’s preference. The coffin is then taken for cremation.

– If the cremation service occurs at a different location before reaching the crematorium, pallbearers will transfer the coffin to the hearse at the end of the service, and the funeral procession will proceed to the crematorium for the committal.

Ideas for Personalizing the Cremation Service:

Many individuals choose to add personal touches to their loved one’s cremation service. Consider the following ideas:

– Display a framed photo of the deceased at the front of the service.

– Play music that the deceased enjoyed before and after the service.

– Incorporate meaningful poems, excerpts from favorite books, or verses.

– Livestream the cremation service for those unable to attend.

Video Streaming at Crematoria:

Numerous crematoria offer video streaming options for individuals unable to attend the service in person. Consult your funeral director to inquire about the availability of this service at your local crematorium.

Post-Cremation Service:

Once the cremation service concludes, the family often leaves the crematorium first. In some cases, they may choose to remain for a private moment of reflection or arrange for a memorial in due course.

Family members may line up outside the door to greet departing guests. Depending on the family’s preference, a wake or social gathering may be organized after the cremation service.

If the family used limousines, the funeral director can transport them to the wake or back to their home.

Duration of a Cremation Service:

A typical cremation service lasts around 45 minutes. It is possible to arrange for a longer time slot if necessary, but it is important

 to note that crematoriums are often busy, with consecutive funeral services taking place.

Memorial Options at the Crematorium:

Certain crematoriums offer various memorial options. The most common form is an entry in the Book of Remembrance. These entries include the name of the deceased and the date of cremation, providing a permanent memorial that family members can visit. Enquire with your crematorium regarding the possibility of an entry in the Book of Remembrance.

Alternatively, you may explore the option of having a memorial plaque placed at the crematorium. It is advisable to check with your funeral director as not all crematoriums provide this option.

Alternatively, you may choose to establish a memorial where the ashes are interred or scattered, such as a cemetery, park, or garden.