Your Questions About Cremation

Friday, 26 January 2018

What Is A Columbarium?

A Columbarium is a wall like structure often found in the cemetery grounds, with numerous small compartments called niches designed to hold  urns or vessels containing cremated remains. The niches may be rectangular or sometimes cylindrical. A small plaque with the deceased’s name and details cover the opening to mark the final resting place which is a lasting memorial for loved ones. Interestingly, the word columbarium is said to come from the latin word columba meaning dove and originally referred to compartmentalised housing for doves and pigeons called a dovecote.

Is A Cremation A Substitute For A Funeral?

No, a cremation is an alternative to a burial in a cemetery, and can follow a traditional funeral service which is held at a church, chapel or other venue. You may chose to follow the hearse to the crematorium for final goodbyes (the committal) or say farewells at the service venue and allow the Funeral Directors escort your loved one to the Crematorium. A funeral service is an important part of the grief journey, allowing families and friends to acknowledge the life and death of an important person in their lives. It invites others in your community to support you at a difficult time. The service as with a burial, can be public or private and personalised to suit you and your loved ones wishes.

Is The Coffin Burnt Too?

Yes the coffin, the handles and fittings and everything placed in it and on it including the flowers if you choose, are burned (cremated) at the same time. After, magnets are used to remove metal body parts, pins, and nails from the ashes. An average human body becomes approx 2-3 kg of ashes. Be assured only one person is ever cremated at a time as the cremator is only built to hold one coffin.