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The cremation

Focus on autmun leaves with cemetery grounds in background

Due to the current COVID-19 situation the maximum number of mourners permitted at a Classic or Sunrise service is limited to a maximum of 30. For attendees at interments, strewing of cremated remains, placements and burial appointments, the maximum number of mourners will be limited to 6. Face coverings must be worn while in the chapels. (Restrictions apply in some cases. Please refer to government guidance for more information)

Classic services are arranged at 45 minute intervals, although 35 minutes are provided for the actual funeral service. The moment of committal is often signified by the closing of curtains.

When the coffin is received in the “committal room”, the name plate is checked with the crematorium identity card.  This card is then kept throughout the entire cremation process until the final recovery and disposal of the remains. Without exception, the coffin is placed into the cremator exactly as received in the chapel. The method of disposal of the cremated remains is entirely the choice of the bereaved relatives.

Options that are available can be discussed with the funeral director or by contacting bereavement services directly prior to the service.

Cremation has become the preferred method of disposal in Great Britain. Approximately 70 per cent of all recorded deaths are now followed by cremation.

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