What happens at the crematorium on the day of the funeral?
The coffin is brought into the chapel and placed on the catafalque (committal table) either immediately after the mourners have entered the chapel, or prior to the mourners entering and taking their seats. At the appropriate time during the service the coffin will disappear from view by the activating of a conveyance. At the conclusion of the service the mourners leave the chapel and enter the mourning lounge to greet those attending the funeral or the family may wish to leave immediately for home or another venue for a wake etc.. Once everyone has left, the coffin is placed in the cremator.
I wish to be cremated, but do I have to be enclosed in a coffin?
Yes. The cemetery by-laws require that a person shall not bring a dead body into a cemetery unless it is sealed in a coffin approved by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board.
Is the coffin cremated together with the body?
With a cremation, how do I know I have the right ashes?
The coffin is identified with a name plate and lead strip with the deceased’s name imprinted in it which follows the coffin and remains throughout the entire cremation process. They are removed prior to the cremation and the lead strip is placed with the ashes in the urn. Only a single cremation is ever carried out in the cremation chamber at one time and the remains are completely removed from the chamber before another cremation takes place. The cemetery certifies the ashes by attaching the details of the deceased on the urn (or container) along with the lead identification strip inside the urn.
Who is the Administrator?
When a cremation takes place the person who applies for the Permit to Cremate is the Administrator. It is usually the spouse or next of kin. That person is responsible for approving the placement or collection of ashes from the crematorium.