The Cremation Process Australia: What’s involved?
With a greater amount of religions approving of cremation in their death practices, cremation has become a preferred option in Australia. Offering a way to have a memorial in almost any place, cremation can be one of the most personal, customised ways to remember a loved one who has passed on.
Trying to gain an understanding of what exactly happens during the cremation process can help determine whether it’s a good fit for your needs. By answering the most common questions, the mystery of how cremation works is replaced with facts that outline what to expect.
The Cremation Stages
There are multiple stages to a cremation, with the last taking hours to finish. Being informed after the passing of a loved one is the best choice you can make, so that you can focus on moving forward while grieving. The rest of this article deals with the process from start to finish.
1. The Funeral Service
Depending on what option has been chosen, a funeral service of some sort will commence before the cremating process. After the funeral service, the deceased is then transported to the crematorium (Whether nearby or in a different location) for preparation to begin. By law, the cremation must take place within 48 hours of the service.
2. Identifying your loved one
Once the service has finished, the identification of the deceased needs to be verified. Having obtained an application to have the departed cremated, the staff will then begin the formalities of checking over the individual. Flowers at the service can be saved at this time, dried for keepsakes, or placed at the memorial site where the cremation ashes will be scattered or placed. Any items like pace markers, rings, watches, or other mechanical objects should be removed before the start of the cremation.
3. Preparing for cremation – the last check
After everything is in order from a logistical point of view, the cremation process can begin. What usually happens is that the deceased will be in a coffin that is moved or lowered into a chamber below. This obviously depends on the location and facilities of where the funeral service is taking place. Should they be in a decorative coffin, a transfer will happen since the ornamentation of the coffin will interfere with creating true ashes. Once put into place, the name plate that identifies the person being cremated will be set outside the cremator where the coffin is placed in.
4. The Cremation – gathering remains
Once in the cremator, the coffin and deceased are put into the chamber of high heat, typically above 2000 degrees. After a period of time, up to three to four hours, the remains burn down and leave behind bone fragments. Called ashes, the remains are then placed in a cremulator which finely grinds them down into a fine sand texture that is white in colour. These can be put directly into an urn or another container depending on the memorial your family chooses.
5. Collecting the ashes
The ashes of the deceased can usually be collected 24 hours after the cremation took place, but it’s a good idea to check with the crematorium.
6. Choosing a final resting place
The final step in the cremation process is choosing what to do with your loved one’s remains. This is a very personal and emotional decision that shouldn’t be rushed. If you need help, reach out to a close friend, relative, or the funeral director you’re dealing with. Here are some of the most popular options for memorialising your loved one’s ashes:
– Take them home: Dedicate a special place in your home for where you can put the cremation urn.
– Scatter them:Spreading the ashes of your loved one in a meaningful place is a popular option for families. If this is appealing to you, this article goes through ideas for scattering ashes.
– Bury them in a monument: You may wish to bury their urn and create a monument within a cemetery. Depending on the cemetery, this could be in a regular plot or one specific for cremations.
– Cremation jewellery: A portion of your loved one’s remains can be contained in some jewellery, which can be worn or placed in a special place.
– Memorial garden: DedBurying your loved one’s ashes in a tranquil and scenic garden can be fitting tribute to the deceased.
If you’re planning on keeping your loved one’s remains close, choosing a cremation urn that commemorates the departed and respects the family’s needs is a priority. You will more than likely be choosing an urn from the funeral director handling the cremation. They should have a range of cremation urns for you to choose from. However it is possible to purchase a cremation urn independently, either online or from a local provider. Cremation urns come in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes to pay tribute to the departed. If you’re interested in finding out about what’s available, this guide goes through some of the more popular styles for cremation urns.