Cremation is requested in about 5% of Irish Funerals at present, but the demand is growing. Greys offer a full cremation service. We organize all the necessary paper work associated with cremation. We have all the necessary facilities to set in place everything necessary for cremation to take place, with very little distress. Upon receiving a request from the Bereaved for cremation, I will organise everything, with only one signature from a Family member necessary to complete all regulations.
The Funeral is then carried out as requested by the bereaved, reposing at Funeral Home and Church service depending upon the deceased’s requests. The removal to the crematorium then takes place, upon arrival at the crematorium Chapel, the coffin is placed at the top of the chapel, upon completion of religious service or personal presentation, a curtain then proceeds to remove the coffin from view, personal selection of music at this time is available and encouraged. The bereaved are then left in the chapel, to reflect. This ends the cremation service and Family and friends are free to retire for refreshments in the crematorium caf or alternative venue.
Cremation has been used as a method of disposal of deceased for many centuries. The service has been designed so as to cause the minimum emotional upset to the bereaved mourners. It is hoped that the following questions and answers will assist in helping those who have no knowledge of cremation. If any further information is required, please contact Eamonn Grey.
What are the basic facts about cremation?
Q. Does my Religion forbid cremation?
A. Today, all of the Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland, allow cremation. It is also the normal method used by practically all Eastern Religious sects for disposing of Human remains after death. Orthodox Judaism and Islam forbid cremation.
Q. Is cremation dearer than burial?
A. It is difficult to compare the costs of cremation and burial. The Funeral Director’s charges are usually the same. In the case of burial there is the cost of a grave and headstone as well as other charges. Only a fee is involved for cremation. The Bereaved may also choose to purchase a memorial plaque which is maintained free of charge in perpetuity.
Q. How would I arrange cremation?
A. If you are a personal representative, (or if, as the attending Doctor you have been asked to do so) you should approach the Funeral Director as soon as possible after death, advising them that you want a cremation. The Funeral Director will ensure that all the necessary statutory requirements are fulfilled. You will have to sign some forms, after you have carefully read their contents and satisfied yourself that they have been correctly completed.
Q. Is there anything else?
A. You would probably be asked how you would like to dispose of the ashes. In some cases, the ashes would be interred in the Garden of Remembrance at the Crematorium. Alternatively, you can arrange to have the ashes collected and dispersed privately as requested by the deceased.
Q. Is there a service at the Crematorium?
A. In the case of cremation, as with burials, it is normal to have appropriate services celebrated in the parish/local Church attended by the person during his or her lifetime. The coffin is then removed to the Chapel in the crematorium grounds, where a short committal service, similar to that at the graveside in the case of a burial, takes place. The form of the service depends on the Religion of the deceased. This is optional and it is open to the personal representatives to make other arrangements if they so wish.
Q. Is there any form of memorial at Grey’s Crematorium?
A. Yes, a Columbarium in the Garden of Remembrance. Cremated remains can be interred in the Garden of Remembrance or Columbarium Wall. Each set of remains is interred in its own urn. At this time one or more spaces can be reserved for future use.
Q. What happens on the day of the funeral?
A. The mourners take their seats in the Chapel, the coffin is then brought into the Chapel and the service begins. At the end of the service, the coffin is gently moved into the committal room, and the mourners disperse.
Q. What happens the coffin after the committal?
A. The coffin is taken to the crematorium. There, the nameplate of the coffin is carefully checked with the crematorium order to verify the identity of the remains. The coffin is labelled with a card prepared by the crematorium Staff with all relevant information and that card stays with the body until the final disposal of the ashes. Cremation follows, as soon as possible after the service, and in any event on the same day as the service.
Q. Is the coffin cremated with the body?
A. Yes. The regulations require that nothing must be removed from the coffin after it has been received from the Chapel. The Funeral Directors use only combustible materials in the manufacture of coffins for use in cremation.
Q. What about gold rings?
A. It is strongly recommended that all items of jewellery are taken from the body before it is put into the coffin, or before final farewell, as the cremation process destroys them.
Q. Can more than one coffin be cremated at a time?
A. No. The only exceptions are in cases such as mother and baby or twin children, if the closest relative makes the request that the two be cremated together.
Q. Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?
A. Not normally. The regulations are designed to reduce stress on the relatives of the deceased, but one person is allowed to accompany the deceased and witness the final committal.
Q. How sure am I that I will receive the right ashes?
A. A system has been carefully devised with the complete security to ensure that the ashes are always correctly placed in the appropriate urn.
Q. Can I inter ashes in a grave owned by my family?
A. Yes. This poses no problem and is one of the services available.