Following the funeral service, the coffin is moved to the crematorium, located on the grounds of The Great northern Garden of Remembrance. Once accepted by crematorium staff, the coffin remains sealed throughout the cremation process.
Our staff verify the identity of the deceased via the name-plate on the coffin, ensuring the details match the ‘Application for Cremation’ (the document required by Health Department Regulations before a cremation can take place) and the two Medical Certificates or Coroner’s Cremation Permit received from the funeral director. In addition to confirmation of death the medical certificate indicates if battery powered devices (such as a pace-maker) have been removed.
Flowers remaining with the coffin are cremated with the coffin. Families should ask their funeral director during the arrangement process if they wish to retain flowers following the funeral service.
The cremation will generally be carried out on the same day as the funeral service but in accordance with Health Department Regulations, can occur up to 48 hours later. If the cremation is not to occur immediately, the coffin is held in a temperature controlled holding room.
When cremation is due to occur:
Cremators generally comprise of a main cremating chamber, a secondary air chamber and a holding chamber.
In accordance with Health Department Regulations, coffins must be cremated individually, in other words, only one coffin is ever placed inside the main cremation chamber at any one time. Likewise there may only be one body per coffin except in special circumstances, which require permission from the Director General of Health.
At the completion of the main phase of the cremation process the cremated remains are moved into the holding chamber to finalise the cremation. Once finalised, the cremated remains are placed into a cooling container. When cooled, metallic contents (prostheses, coffin nails etc) are separated from the remains and disposed of in an appropriate manner.
Cremated remains are commonly referred to as ‘ashes’. However, technically there are no ashes, what are left are fragile calcified bone fragments.
The cremated remains are transferred to a processor to reduce the bone fragments to a fine granule-type consistency which in-turn is placed in a sealed container. The name-plate and an identifying label are then attached.
The container accommodates all of the cremated remains. In the unusual event that an ash container is insufficient to hold all of the ashes, an extra container is used.
Ash containers are held until instructions are received from the family or applicant. The ashes are then, subject to Health Department Regulations, dealt with according to the instruction given.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask our caring staff.
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