How is cremation arranged?
The best approach is to contact your local funeral director to discuss when and where you wish the cremation to take place, whom you wish to officiate the service, and the type of service. The funeral director will do all that is needed to procure the necessary documentation to be completed for the cremation. It is suggested the service be arranged a few days ahead to allow relatives and friends time to make arrangements to attend.
Are there any documents to sign?
Yes. If you are the spouse, next of kin or executor, or a person authorised by the family, you will be asked to complete an application for cremation and the relevant authority forms. You will be asked to indicate your intention regarding disposal of the cremated remains. If you are undecided, say so, and the remains will be retained until you finalise your wishes.
Can I choose where the cremation will take place?
Yes, you may select whichever provider bests suits your needs. It is important to note that not all cremation operations in South Australia are located within a cemetery – there are several located with industrial estates. To ensure your loved one is treated with dignity and respect, we recommend that you specifically request Enfield Memorial Park as the preferred place for the cremation of your loved one.
What happens at the crematorium on the day of the funeral?
The coffin is usually brought into the chapel and placed on to the catafalque before the mourners enter for the service. At the appropriate time during the service, floral tributes can be placed on to the coffin. The coffin is then removed from view by lowering the catafalque or closing the curtains. At the conclusion of the service, mourners are invited through to the lounge for refreshments.
What happens to the coffin after the service, and how is the identity of the cremated remains maintained?
The coffin is withdrawn to the committal room where the nameplate is checked with the cremation permit to ensure correct identity. The nameplate or identity tag stays with the coffin throughout the cremation process, until the cremated remains are safely stored in a properly labelled urn.
Does the cremation take place immediately after the service?
The cremation will follow as soon practicable, almost always within 24 hours.
How long does a cremation take?
The time taken depends on many factors, including body mass, bone density and the material the casket is made from. The average time for an adult is around 90 minutes and the full cremation process takes approximately 4 hours from start to finish.
Can more than one coffin be cremated at the same time?
No. Cremators are only constructed to hold a single coffin. It is also a legal requirement that throughout the cremation process the identity of the deceased and their cremated remains can be verified. While two people cannot be cremated together in the same cremator, the cremation can be undertaken in the same crematorium by cremating the people at the same time in adjacent cremators.
Is the coffin cremated with the body?
Can the committal of the coffin to the cremator be witnessed?
Yes. People are permitted to attend if they prefer, however, advanced notice is required as special arrangements for timing may need to be made.
What happens to the handles and other fitting?
Most fittings are made of plastic or wood and are cremated with the coffin. Some crematoria remove the fittings because of the effect their chemical composition can have on the control of the cremation process. Any fittings removed are destroyed or diverted to recycling.
What happens to gold and other precious metals?
The operating temperatures of cremators are such that metals are not recognisable, and merge with the cremated remains.
What happens at the end of the cremation?
The remains are removed from the furnace and placed in a cooling container. When cool, any metal objects, such as nails, screws, or artificial joints are removed. The remains are then placed in a processing machine that reduces the remains to the traditional "ashes".
What can you do with cremated remains?
From fragrant rose gardens and native bush land settings through to niche walls and quaint little alcoves, we offer an extensive range of distinctive environments to create a place to remember. Alternatively, the cremated remains can be placed into a family grave or collected for personal disposal or storage. For more details of our cremation memorial options please click on the cemetery of your choice: Enfield Memorial Park, Cheltenham Cemetery, Smithfield Memorial Park or West Terrace Cemetery.
Is it important to have a memorial?
Many people find comfort in having a special place to visit after the passing of a family member or loved one, even if the cremated remains have been scattered elsewhere. Having a place to remember is extremely important, as the emotional legacy that you leave behind, is the legacy that loved ones will continue to interact with and reflect upon for generations to come.
Can I arrange a memorial for someone whose cremated remains have been scattered elsewhere?
Yes, it is not necessary for the cremated remains to be placed within a memorial to create a place of remembrance within one of our cemeteries. As well as garden memorials, it is possible for a written memorial to be included in the Book of Remembrance.
Can I arrange a memorial for someone who passed away many years ago?
Yes, irrespective of how much time has passed you can still create a memorial for your loved one. Our cemeteries offer many alternatives perfect for remembering a life, regardless of the date of death.
What happens to the cremated remains that do fit within the memorial?
If a memorial site does not allow for all of the cremated remains to be interred then we will seek advice from the family as to what to do with the remaining ashes.
Can I keep cremated remains at home?
Yes. Cremated remains have no legal status and can be stored or transported in any manner that families wish. If transporting cremated remains interstate or overseas, it is recommended that the person carrying the remains has a letter of authentication from the relevant crematorium confirming the remains are those of the deceased.