Cremation process explained in detail
Before the cremation process starts. When the hearse arrives at the crematorium and the coffin is removed from the hearse and moved into the chapel to be placed on the catafalque (a sort of trolley lift to transport the coffin).
During the funeral service
The coffin with the deceased body remains is placed on the catafalque whilst the funeral service takes place in the chapel.
After the funeral service
When the mourners have left the chapel the coffin is moved onto a transfer trolley. The coffin is transferred to the automatic charge area which is where the human cremator is located. When the identity is confirmed and details are put into the computer system for administrative reasons. And after the coffin is placed on the automatic charging bier. There is a fire resistant stone with a unique cremation number placed on top of the coffin. So that there can’t be a mistake made with the cremains (remains of white ashes and bones after the cremation took place). And the cremation process can start, when the coffin is inserted into the pre heated cremation chamber. After the front door is closed the cremation process starts. Read more about the cremation process
The cremation process
The cremation process itself: After have checked for the second time if the stone with unique number was placed on the coffin. The coffin is placed by the automatic charging bier into the cremator and the cremation begins. Approximately one hour is needed to cremate 100 Kg. So after placing the coffin in the cremator (known as charging) the cremation is complete after 90 minutes for a normal sized person.
After the cremation
- Cremated remains are raked into a cooling chamber,
- Once cool the cremated remains are moved to a transfer container,
- Metal residues are removed from the cremains (remains after cremation) for recycling,
- Cremains are placed in the cremulator (remains processor) to homogenize the remains,
- Ten minutes later the reduced cremains are removed from the cremulator,
- The cremains are transferred into a suitable ash container which is clearly identified,
- The remains are stored in temporary deposit, and either;
- Cremated remains are collected by the applicant or someone acting on their behalf, or,
- Ashes are dispersed within the crematorium grounds in accordance with the applicant’s wishes.