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About Cremation

We hope that these frequently asked questions will help in your decision making process at a difficult time. If you have a question which is not answered below, please contact us.

What percentage of people in the UK choose cremation over burial?

In 1968 cremations exceeded burials for the first time in the UK, and currently over 70% of all people choose a cremation.

Are there any religions that do not allow cremation to take place?

Most Christian denominations allow cremation, as well as Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists, but Orthodox Christians, Jews and Muslims forbit it.

Does cremation cost more than burial?

The Cremation fee is charged directly to your Funeral Director who will list it as a dispersement on their invoice to you. The cremation fee is significantly less than the cost of exclusive rights in a burial.

What kind of service can I have?

A funeral service is personal to you and can be designed to suit the specific needs of the bereaved by arrangement with your Crematoria and Funeral Director.  There are many  options available  due to significantly improved facilities at Crematoria, for example web casting.

Do I need to use a Funeral Director or can I arrange it all myself?

You need to arrange your funeral via a Funeral Director if you wish to have a Funeral with us.

How long after the ceremony does the actual cremation take place?

Unless there are exceptional circumstance's the cremation will take place the day the coffin is received.

Is the coffin cremated with the body?

Yes, we abide by the Code of Cremation Practice which states that the coffin and the body shall be placed together inside the cremator.

Should jewellery be removed before cremation?

This is a personal decision for the bereaved and you should discuss this with your Funeral Director, as once the coffin is at the Crematorium, it is not usually possible to open it.

How do I know that the ashes will be kept separate?

The process for Cremation will only accommodate one coffin at a time.
Once all the ashes are removed from the cremator, they are placed into an individually labelled urn.

What happens to the ashes afterwards?

You can discuss all options with your Crematorium to help you decide which you would prefer. e.g. make arrangements for a memorial, scattering and burial of ashes, or simply have them collected.