How do they prepare a body for cremation?
If someone close to you has died, you might have questions or concerns about what happens between their death and their cremation.
What to do with ashes
Traditionally, people tend to either scatter their loved one’s ashes or keep them in a special container called an urn. But with cremations becoming more and more popular in the UK, there are now lots of different options for a unique send-off.
The difference between a standard and direct cremation
A standard cremation includes a traditional funeral service at a crematorium. A direct cremation is a cremation you do not attend. The crematorium will take your loved one into their care, perform the cremation and bring the ashes back to you.
What happens at a Sikh funeral?
Sikh families usually hold funerals 3 days after the person has died. They typically follow a fairly strict format in which guests wear white and gather to pray.
What happens at a Quaker funeral?
Quaker funerals focus on quiet reflection and giving thanks. There is not usually a formal order of service. Guests will spend most of the time silently remembering the person who’s died, but anyone can speak if they wish to.
What’s a mausoleum?
A mausoleum is a building that holds people’s coffins above ground. Some UK cemeteries allow you to build a private mausoleum or you can buy a chamber in a community one.
Can you get a cremation tattoo?
Tattoos with ashes blended into the ink are a new trend in a long tradition of memorial body art. Only a few tattoo studios in the UK offer it at the moment - but it’s growing in popularity.
Where to scatter ashes in Worthing
Enjoy a boat ride from Brighton Marina, take a peaceful walk through the Glades at the crematorium or visit the natural beauty of Cissbury Ring to scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that is special to them.
Where to scatter ashes in Accrington
Accrington is full of natural beauty spots to scatter your loved one’s ashes, from the enchanting Pendle Hill to the historic Woodnook Vale Local Nature Reserve.
Where to scatter ashes in Telford
From areas of outstanding beauty, the River Severn, to picturesque dingles, you can take a peaceful walk and scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that is special to them in Telford.
Where to scatter ashes on the Isle of Wight
Walk in the quiet estuaries of the Hamstead Heritage Coast, or visit the iconic Needles with the beautiful, multi-coloured Alum Bay to scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that was close to their heart.
Where to scatter ashes in Liverpool
Take a peaceful boat ride across the River Mersey, walk around the famed heads or shoreline of Crosby Beach and scatter your loved ones ashes in a place that was special to them.
Where to scatter ashes in Southend-on-Sea
Take a stroll through some of Southend’s best nature reserves, wonder at the rare plants and birds, and scatter your loved one’s ashes in a meaningful place.
Memorial ideas in Cambridge
Pay tribute to your loved one with a dedicated memorial bench in Cambridge University Botanic Garden, plant a tree at their favourite Cambridge park in their honour, or support The Wildlife Trust by buying an engraved leaf in their name.
Where to scatter ashes in Brighton
Take a boat ride from Brighton Marina to the sea, spend some quiet time on Brighton Pier, or walk through the South Downs to Ditchling Beacon to scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that meant so much to them.
What happens to funeral flowers after a cremation
After the service, close friends or family will usually take any flowers home straight away or collect them a day or two later. The average flower arrangement will last up to two weeks before being thrown away or composted by the person who took it home.
When a body is cremated, what happens to the coffin?
Under UK law, something must be in place to cover the body of a person who’s died. This is usually a coffin. Crematorium staff can’t move a body out of a coffin once it’s sealed, so the coffin enters the cremation chamber along with the body.
How does a crematorium work?
Crematoriums are non-religious buildings with a service hall, cremation facilities, and grounds or gardens. Both the funeral service and the cremation itself will happen within the same building.
Keeping ashes in the house
Some people find it comforting to keep ashes close by. You might keep them in an urn or box, have them made into jewellery, or bury them along with trees or flowers in the garden.
What are human ashes like
Human ashes aren’t always exactly the same. They can vary slightly in colour and weight, but they’re usually odourless and always safe to touch.
How to choose between burial and cremation
In a nutshell, choosing cremation gives families more flexibility to remember their loved one, their way – and it’s usually cheaper. But while burials are more expensive overall, they tend to have less impact on the environment.
Can you be cremated with a pacemaker?
It’s not safe for pacemakers to go into cremation chambers. The extreme heat can cause them to explode, posing a serious risk to the crematorium workers, and the remains of the person who’s died.
How to buy a burial plot
If you’re thinking about buying a burial plot – we’ll go through all the details from what a burial plot is, to how much it costs, so you feel prepared.
What’s a celebration of life?
A celebration of life is an end-of-life event held to honour someone’s life, rather than remember their death. You could hold one instead of, or combined with, a more traditional funeral.
A guide to the interment of ashes
Interment is the process of putting cremation ashes in a permanent resting place that you can visit. Interring ashes can meaning burying them or putting them in a Columbarium — a building, room, or freestanding wall designed to hold urns.