Once a cremation takes place, you will receive your loved ones’ Ashes. What you choose to do with these Ashes is entirely up to you. You may choose to bury them, place them in an urn or sprinkle them somewhere special to the deceased.
Whether to have a burial or cremation is completely your choice, and you should not rush this decision. Your decision may depend on the culture, religion, beliefs and wishes of the deceased or family. At Cosmopolitan Funeral Services Sydney we will help you arrange the Funeral of your choice.
We know the decision to cremate a loved one can be a difficult one. At Cosmopolitan Funeral Services, our Sydney-based team is here to help you through this tough time.
We want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family. Below are some frequently asked questions about cremations in Sydney to help you understand a bit more about the process.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing a body to its basic elements through the use of intense heat. The cremation process takes place in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or retort.
Cremation is chosen for many reasons such as cost, convenience, flexibility, and personal preference.
Who Can Legally Decide Whether a Loved One is Cremated?
The decision to cremate a loved one is typically made by the next of kin. If there is no next of kin, or if the next of kin can’t be located, the decision can be made by the executor of the estate.
What is the Difference Between Cremation and Burial?
The main difference between cremation and burial is that cremation does not require a casket. With cremation, you have the option to be cremated in a simple container, or you can be cremated in the clothing you are wearing. Burial, on the other hand, requires a casket.
Is Cremation Against My Religion?
Most religions allow for cremation, however, if you are of Orthodox Jewish or Muslim faith, cremation is not permitted. In general, if you aren’t sure how your faith views cremation, we recommend you consult a religious leader within your faith.
How Does Cremation Work?
Cremation works by using intense heat to break down the body into its basic elements. The cremation process takes place in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. Cremation chamber temperatures can range from 1,600 to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 1,093 °C).
After the cremation process is complete, the ashes are then placed in an urn or other container. The ashes can be buried, scattered, or kept by the family.
How Long Does the Cremation Process Take?
The cremation process generally takes two to three hours. The amount of time it takes depends on the size and weight of the person being cremated, as well as the type of cremation chamber being used.
What Happens to Medical Implants When the Body is Cremated?
Medical implants such as pacemakers, artificial limbs, and titanium rods are removed before the cremation process. These items can be returned to the family upon request.
Can the Family be Present When the Cremation is Occurring?
The family can be present when the cremation occurs, but it is not required. Some people find it helpful to be there when their loved one is being cremated, while others find it too difficult. It is a personal decision, and we will support you no matter what you decide.
Can we have a Viewing Before a Cremation?
Yes, you can have a viewing before the cremation takes place. This is known as visitation. A visitation allows friends and family to say goodbye to the deceased before the cremation occurs. At Cosmopolitan Funeral Services, we will work with you to ensure your loved one’s memorial is presented exactly according to your and their wishes.
Can I Hold a Service After Cremation?
Many times people will hold a funeral service before the cremation occurs, however, you can also have a service after the cremation has taken place. This is known as a memorial service. A memorial service is a way to celebrate the life of your loved one and can be held at any time.
Is Cremation Expensive?
Cremation is less expensive than burial because you do not need to purchase a cemetery plot or a headstone. Here at Cosmopolitan Funerals, we know cremations can be an unexpected expense, and we have a variety of financial plans and affordable options for you to choose from.
What Do I Have to Purchase for a Cremation?
If you are planning on having a memorial service or keeping the ashes of your loved one, then you will need an urn. We have a variety of urns to decide from and can help you find the perfect one for your needs.
Also, you do not need a coffin for cremation. With cremation, the body can be cremated in a simple container without the need to purchase a coffin separately.
Can I Travel with My Loved One’s Ashes?
Yes, you can travel with your loved one’s ashes. The ashes will be placed in a temporary urn or container before they are transported. We will work with you to ensure the ashes are transported safely and per the laws of the country you travel to.
Can My Loved One’s Ashes Be Shipped?
Yes, your loved one’s ashes can be shipped. We will work with you to ensure the safe transport of your loved one’s ashes to your destination of choice.
Where Am I Allowed to Scatter My Loved One’s Ashes?
There are many places where you can scatter your loved one’s ashes. Some people scatter the ashes in a place that was special to their loved one, while others scatter the ashes in a place that has meaning to them. You can also scatter the ashes at sea or in a national park.
How Do I Know the Ashes I Receive are Really My Loved One’s?
The cremation process is closely regulated by the government to ensure that it is conducted properly. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is a licensed cremation provider, and our cremation technicians are certified by the Cremation Association of North America. We follow strict protocols to ensure that the ashes you receive are those of your loved one.
Do I Need a Permit to Scatter My Loved One’s Ashes?
Check with your local authorities to see if you need a permit to scatter your loved one’s ashes.
Can I still have a memorial service even if the body has already been cremated?
Absolutely! In fact, sometimes relatives prefer to do this, depending on the religious beliefs or wishes of the deceased. Whether you opt for a cremation or burial service, here at Cosmopolitan Funerals, we’re able to carry out the last wishes of the deceased and ensure that their memorial is presented just as they would like it.
Do you offer an affordable Sydney Cremations and burial service?
Yes. We offer a range of different affordable burial and cremation services in Sydney at Cosmopolitan Funerals. We understand that funerals can also be an unexpected expense, so we offer a variety of different financial plans, whether you are opting for a burial or cremation Sydney service for your loved one.
You can opt for a traditional funeral service, in which the body is present before it is taken to the crematorium.
How is a body cremated?
The body is transferred to the crematorium where it is prepared. The cremation process cannot begin until all metal parts attached to the coffin, such as handles, have been removed. At the crematorium, the cremator must be heated to a temperature between 800-1000 degrees.
An industrial furnace lined with fire-resistant bricks is known as a cremation chamber. The body is inserted feet-first and the heat from the bricks causes the cremation to occur.
After cremating the body and coffin, what is left are the ashes. To cool them down, any metal that was in the coffin (nails) are removed first.
The remains are cooled after cremation and then ground into a fine sand-like consistency, which is why they are commonly referred to as ashes. Larger pieces are placed in a cooling tray and, once cooled, added to a sealed container or urn before being collected or delivered.
Unless a deceased person’s organs are being donated for transplantation, there is generally no need to remove them before cremation.
Your deceased loved one may have already registered as an organ donor. If not, the family or next of kin will be asked for permission to use the deceased person’s organs for eligible organ transplant patients.
Does a cremation funeral allow me to take my loved one’s ashes home with me?
Yes. Although some people opt to have a permanent resting place for their loved one’s ashes in a cemetery after Cremation Sydney services, many choose to take the ashes home and store it in an urn or another type of secure container. Additionally, scattering ashes at a site of significance for the deceased also remains popular.
How long does a cremation take?
In most cases, it will take two hours for an adult body to be cremated, and the whole process from start to finish – including preparation and cooling – will take about three hours.
When cremating a body, there are several factors that contribute to how long it will take including the person’s body mass, bone density and type of coffin.
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We hope these FAQs have answered many of the questions you have regarding cremation services, here in Sydney, but we understand if you still want to learn more.
Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is a family-owned business, and we will work with you to create the most memorable and honourable service for your loved one, no matter what you decide.
We are here to answer any of your questions, so feel free to contact us if you still want to know more about our cremation services here in Sydney.