After the Cremation

It’s an important part of the process that a decision is made regarding the remains of the deceased. Crematoriums usually provide a simple container for loved ones to carry the ashes away in. But it might be a consideration that a more robust or personalised coffin is chosen.

What happens to the remains once they have left the crematorium is left to the discretion of the family members. A popular practice is to scatter them in a place of significance. Perhaps where the deceased requested beforehand. It’s only polite to make sure this is agreeable with the landowner, particularly if it’s a privately owned spot.
Alternatively, urns or containers can be placed at a cemetery or churchyard, where family or friends can go to lay flowers and remember their loved one. These areas in crematoriums are usually referred to as Gardens of Remembrance; there are typically very peaceful, well-kept sections that offer a resting place for religious people and non-believers.
If no plans have been made for the remains, either before death or after, the funeral director must make arrangements to contact the nearest living relative of the deceased. This may result in the placing of a simple plaque in the gardens at the crematorium, or in some cases an addition to a Book of Remembrance.