Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation

Cremation, death, and burials can be a daunting subject to face. However, it’s best to be as informed as possible when it comes to deciding what to do when a loved one dies. Oakleigh Funeral Home has much experience in dealing with family members in their time of need. Here they answer some FAQ about cremation.

FAQ About Cremation

  • Can anyone be cremated?

No. Certain religions forbid cremations, such as Islam and Orthodox Judaism.

  • Do the Roman Catholics allow cremation?

FAQ About CremationThe Catholic Church has permitted cremation since 1965.

  • Does there have to be a religious ceremony along with the cremation?

You don’t have to have a religious ceremony; you can also have a secular ceremony.

  • Do you have to have the service at the crematorium?

You can choose where to have the service, whether it is at your local church, at the funeral home, or at another place of your choosing.

More FAQ About Cremation

  • Can you use music at the crematorium?

Usually, there is an organ at the crematorium.

  • Can only certain groups use a crematorium?

Anyone can use a crematorium; however, if there is incense is in the ceremony, then most crematoria request that the service takes place at the end of the day.

  • What must you do to arrange a cremation?

It is best to let the funeral home deal with the legalities of a cremation as there are quite some formalities that you need to respect. The executor of the estate has to sign an Application for Cremation in front of a Commissioner of Oath.

  • What else does the executor have to sign?

You will need to sign an agreement with the crematorium, stating your wishes for the service. You will also need to decide what to do with the ashes afterwards. The crematorium can store the ashes for you for two months, allowing you to time to make a decision.

  • Do you need to get permission for a cremation?

You need permission from a medical referee appointed by an authority from the crematorium. You cannot have a cremation without first getting this approval. The medical referee has to confirm certain criteria. For example, that the deceased has been identified, that the cause of death has been determined and that cremation doesn’t go against the wishes of the deceased. If the medical referee declines the authorisation, you will have to have a private autopsy done to have a cremation.  It is crucial to meet all legal requirements before the funeral takes place, to avoid any issues.

  • Must an expert remove a pacemaker/radio-active implant before cremation?

Yes, this is true. Implants can explode at very high temperatures, which could cause damage to the staff and the crematorium.

  • What happens on the day of the funeral?

Different crematoria follow various methods. The coffin is sometimes placed on a stand, or catafalque, before mourners enter or it is carried in once mourners have already arrived. When it is time for the committal, the coffin is sometimes closed off by curtains or withdrawn to a different room.

  • Does the crematorium cremate the coffin along with the body and can family members be present?

Yes, it does, and family members may be present if necessary.

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