London and the Home Counties are covered. However, should you live further away, please feel free to contact us for a quotation.
How do you keep the charges so low for this service?
Perhaps you should question why our competitors charge so much?
How much extra would it cost for the deceased to be collected from a residential address?
Until registration of death is completed, it may be necessary for the deceased to be moved to a local funeral directors, so price will be a variable local charge.
What is the procedure for a funeral?
Legal paperwork has to be completed – we will arrange to meet you so this can be done, and the green form (from the registrar) can be passed to us.
Can you provide a full traditional funeral?
With all our years of experience, we can provide any level of service you require – please call for a quotation.
What happens to the ashes?
These can be strewn at the crematorium. However, if a Memorial Service is to take place, people often like the ashes at the service – they can be returned to you in a wooden ashes casket with nameplate and certificate.
How do I make payment?
By cash, debit or credit card.
Can we come and see our loved one in the chapel of rest?
This is not included in the low cost funeral, but is available by arrangement for an extra cost.
What is a Cremation?The term cremation refers to the combustion of a corpse after death. Extreme heat is applied to the body in order to reduce it to ash and bone fragments. The resulting ash is called cremains; it consists of mineral fragments, carbon, bone other inorganic materials. Cremation is an integral part of numerous religions (including Hinduism and Buddhism). It is forbidden in Islam, Orthodox Christianity, and Orthodox Judaism. I was historically forbidden in the Catholic Church, but is now fully accepted. In modern Britain it is the most popular interment option (far ahead of burial in a coffin), and the cremation process is often a part of the funeral ceremony.
What happens at a Crematorium Funeral?Cremation rituals are different in cultures and countries around the world. A Hindu cremation ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges is going to be very different from a quiet family funeral in the UK. In North America, a traditional funeral occurs, often with an open casket, and the cremation itself takes place at a later date and time. However, in the UK, the cremation process is often integrated into the funeral.While everyone is different, you can often expect a British funeral held at a crematorium to happen along these lines:A coffin containing the body will be brought to a religious or non-religious chapel at the crematorium, and will be set on a raised platform.Guests will arrive at the location. Unlike services held in churches or halls, crematoriums often have many bookings each day, and you will need to keep to a strict schedule.The service will usually be approximately 30 minutes in length. This can include religious content, songs, and eulogies from friends and family.After the remembrances, the committal will begin. This is the point at which the coffin is removed from the room to start the actual cremation process. The coffin may be wheeled away manually, or placed on a conveyor belt to take it towards the furnace. It can also be lowered into the floor, or curtains can be closed around it. This is often a very emotional moment.As guests leave, the celebrant will lead everyone outside. The family will often be on hand to receive flowers and condolences.Many families choose to organise a wake after the service. More toasts and eulogies might occur, and people will share their memories of the deceased over food and drinks.Guests leave the service. The celebrant or funeral director will usually show guests the way out. There is usually an opportunity at this point to see the flowers that have been donated, and to give condolences to the family.The wake is held (optional). There’s often a wake after the funeral service. This is a reception at which food and drinks are served. Here, guests can talk and share their memories of the person who has died.
How is a body prepared for a Cremation?In order to prepare for cremation, the body is first washed, and thoroughly cleaned. Embalming will only occur if a public viewing has been arranged. At this point all jewellery is removed in order for the family to keep it safe, and all medical devices are extracted from the body. This includes pacemakers, prosthetics, and any other device containing batteries. Metal pins, screws and plates will stay in place, as they do not affect the furnace chamber.The body is then dressed and placed in the coffin. Hair styling and make up might be applied if the family has arranged a viewing.
How does Cremation work?The cremation process occurs in a specially designed chamber, sometimes referred to as a retort. The chamber is preheated to an intense temperature that ranges from 870–980 degrees Celsius. A mechanised door is opened, the coffin is transferred inside, and then the door is quickly shut order to prevent heat loss.The coffin will burn first, and the body is then exposed to the flames. The intense heat dries out the body, the hair and skin will incinerate, and the muscles will contract and char into ashes. The bones do not burn; instead, they calcify and reduce to a crumbling texture. All gases that are released are ventilated through a special exhaust system. No odour is produced, as a specific process vaporises all smoke and gases.While some crematories utilise a secondary afterburner to break the body down further, others have the technician do this with specific tools. The cremains are allowed to cool, and then all metal (screws, dental gold, hinges from the casket) is collected with a strong magnet and disposed of according to local law.The cremains are then pulverised further using a machine called a cremulator. This results in a fine sand-like powder that is transferred into an urn or box and given to the relatives. Some people choose to spread their loved one’s ashes in a beloved location, while others use a small portion of the cremains to create meaningful ashes jewellery.
How long does Cremation take?The actual cremation process takes between one and three hours, and results in 1.5 – 3 kilos of cremains. However, you might have to wait between 3 to 15 business days to secure an appointment at your local crematorium. Certain parts of the country experience regular delays and backlogs.