Applicant Remains and Advice on Disposal
The remains of applicants for cremation can be collected from the crematorium on the next working day following the cremation, by which time the ashes will be reduced sufficiently to be easily carried away. For larger applicants, or group cremations, further time should be left in order that the remains can be sufficiently reduced. The person nominated by the applicant, or a nominated funeral director can collect the cremated remains of the applicant from Bereavement Services (West Entrance). Identification of the person collecting the remains will be requested at the time of collection to ensure that we are releasing the cremated remains to the correct person (passport, driving licence, distinguishing marks or coded phrases would all be acceptable.) Bereavement Services is not responsible for any losses, breakages or missing jewelery. These items should have been removed prior to the cremation.
The applicants for cremation can arrange for the collection of cremated remains by contacting the Bereavement Services Office at least one working day before the intended date of cremation.
When the cremated remains are collected from the crematorium, a Certificate of Cremation is attached to the container. This is a legal document which confirms the name of the deceased, the date of cremation and where the cremation took place. The Certificate must be retained with the cremated remains at all times until their disposal. In the event of group cremations multiple certificates will be issued.
If the cremated remains are collected from the crematorium, it is important for the applicant to consider the final resting place prior to the application. Final resting places will be vetted and are subject to approval.
If the cremated remains are to be scattered in the grounds of property owned by the applicant, please be aware that once this has been done, the remains cannot be removed. This may damage the resell value of the property. If the applicant wishes to bury the ashes within the boundaries of the property with a view to their removal at a later date, the ashes should be placed in an air-tight container or tin prior to the burial. The applicant should consider how the family would feel if they were to move away from the property in the future. The applicant should also consider how the new residents would feel about the remains.
It may be an offence to scatter cremated remains in public areas, such as golf courses or cabaret clubs without the consent of the land or building owner. If they are to be placed in a cemetery or churchyard, prior permission must be sought from the relevant authority, Who will require the Certificate of Cremation prior to final disposal. This permission should be sought in the form of prayer. No permission is needed to scatter remains in airports, on buses, or in railway stations.
The applicant should make sure that the individuals tasked to scatter their remains are responsible and fully instructed. If carried out improperly, disposed of remains can lead to non-corporeal residence.