When it comes to end-of-life arrangements in Cornwall, cremation has become a popular option. As more families choose cremation over traditional burial for their loved ones, there is a growing need for more information about what cremation is and how the cremation process works. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about cremation.

How much does cremation cost in Cornwall?

Cremation is typically less expensive than a traditional funeral and burial. A direct cremation, for example, can cost between £678 and £1700, depending on location. However, having a funeral or memorial service in addition to the cremation will increase the overall cost.

How long does a cremation take?

Cremation typically takes about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the size of the body.

Do Cremated ashes really look like ash?

Cremation ashes typically differ from smoking ashes in appearance. Cremated remains are typically greyish-white with a coarse, sandy texture.

Is Embalming required for Cremation?

Cremation does not necessitate embalming. However, embalming is advised if you intend to hold a public viewing or funeral service prior to cremation.

Can you have a Funeral Service with Cremation?

Yes. You can plan a funeral service and gather family and friends to say their final goodbyes to a loved one before cremation. Many families also plan a memorial service after the cremation.

Is a Casket Required for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required for cremation; however, almost all crematoriums require the use of an “alternative container” to hold the deceased’s body before placing it in the cremation chamber. The container is typically a rigid, flammable box made of cardboard or plywood. A casket can still be used for cremation if it is non-toxic and has no metal parts.

What is Aqua-Cremation?

Aqua-cremation (also known as alkaline hydrolysis) is a dissolution process that uses water. Aqua-cremation, rather than using flames, uses heat, pressure, and alkali chemicals to break down the body into chemical compounds.

Does my religion allow cremation?

Cremation is acceptable in many religions. The majority of Christian sects (Catholic and Protestant), Buddhism, and Hinduism have no prohibitions against the practice. Despite the fact that Jewish law has traditionally prohibited cremation, an increasing number of Jews are choosing to be cremated. Cremation is prohibited in Islam and the Eastern Orthodox Church. If you have any questions about cremation and your religion, you should consult with religious authority or a local cremation provider.

What can you do with Cremated Ashes?

Cremated ashes can be buried in a grave or placed in a cemetery’s above-ground columbarium niche. Many families also scatter their loved one’s cremated ashes in a special location.

Can you fly with Cremated Ashes?

Yes, but make sure you contact the airline in advance because many of them have specific regulations regarding flying with cremated ashes.

We’re Here to Assist

Carlyon Family Funeral Directors near Truro, Cornwall. We are available to sit down with you and talk things through over a nice cup of tea. Alternatively, you can give us a call or contact us through our website, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

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