How do you go about organising a cremation service?

A cremation offers a variety of ways to commemorate the life of your loved one and reflect on the memories you shared with them. But as cremations are often separate from funeral services, there’s important information to consider when organising one.

Choosing the venue

Any crematorium can be chosen for your loved one’s funeral or committal, however there may be benefits to using one in your local area, including Chelmsford Cemetery and Crematorium, Three Counties Crematorium, Braintree or  Bentley Crematorium and Cemetery, Brentwood.

A large number of crematoria are run by councils, which may charge residents less than those from other boroughs to use them. The difference could be hundreds of pounds for the cremation and interment of cremated remains, so do take this into consideration.

Your decision may depend on many other factors, including the number of people you wish to invite. Guests typically don’t attend the cremation itself, so if cremation is the only function the crematorium is serving don’t worry about hosting or directing people there.

Holding a service

A common misconception about cremations is they can’t host a funeral service. However, most crematoria feature chapels for committals or funeral services, which is a great option for those hoping to lay their loved one to rest without travelling from a separate funeral venue.

Some religions only permit their services in a place of worship, so check with a religious leader ahead of time. Non-religious services, however, can be conducted by a friend, family member or celebrant in any location. Read Who Can Conduct a Funeral Service to find out more here.

Personalising the cremation

Cremations can’t typically be viewed by guests unlike burials, but there are a variety of ways they can be made personal.

A cremation committal, for example, sees the loved one’s coffin obscured from view with curtains, glass or by being placed in a separate room. Here, friends and families can pay their final respects in private before the cremation takes place.

Unlike with burials, your loved one’s ashes can also be taken home or scattered in a scenic location, which you can read more about here. They can also be buried in a variety of urns including biodegradable ones – read Choosing a biodegradable urn to find out more.

The ashes will normally be returned to you or your funeral director by the crematorium seven to ten days after the cremation. If you would like them to be stored in an urn or other container, make sure to notify the crematorium ahead of time.

If you have any questions about organising a cremation, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our funeral directors.

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