The Passing of a Loved One

The Cremation Process: 10 Common Questions And Answers

10 May, 2017

When it comes to the process of cremation, there are a questions and concerns and although in the UK cremation is very common, there are many people who still wonder what the process is.

According to some numbers, over 70% of the UK residents are cremated. And as common as this may sound, the cremation process is still a mystery and usually known as 'turning people to ashes' rather than fully understood.

In order to help you understand the process of cremation in the UK to its full extent, we are answering the 13 most common questions about this topic. So, let's begin.

1. What happens at the crematorium on the day of the funeral?

Simply put, the coffin is brought in and is followed by the mourners. It is afterwards placed on a platform known as catafalque, followed by a religious or secular service and the removal of the coffin. This process can take different forms - from lowering the coffin from sight to curtaining it, it is the final stage before the mourners leave the chapel.

2. Is a religious service necessary for cremation funerals?

It is not necessary to have a religious service when cremating your loved one. You can have a non-religious or no service at all if you choose. However, if you decide on a non or semi religious service, make sure to use the one of a Celebrant (a person who can conduct non-religious, semi-religious and spiritual ceremonies).

3. How long does the cremation service last?

Although the duration of the service may change according to plans, the general duration is about 45 minutes - time in which people enter the chapel, hold the service and leave. One cannot impact on the time of those coming before or after and talking to the funeral director is necessary if you need more time for your service (charges may apply).

4. What happens to the coffin after it is gone - committed to the ground?

The coffin is afterwards withdrawn into a committal room where its name plate is checked in order to ensure correct identity. As soon as this happens, it is labelled with a card that is prepared by the crematorium and one that stays with the body from that point until the final disposal of the cremation ashes.

5. Does the cremation take place immediately?

In most of the cases, it takes place right after the funeral. However, it may also be on the same day, only a few hours after the funeral.

6. Is the coffin cremated along with the body?

Yes - the coffin is cremated with the body and nothing can be removed from it after committal.

7. What happens to the objects that are not combustible (metal nails, jewellery etc.)?

All of the objects that are not combustible are removed by a magnet and buried at a depth in the crematorium or removed for recovery. This is why it is advised to not leave jewellery on the deceased as won't be part of the ashes that you will receive.

8. Can people witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?

In most of the cases, it is the relatives and close friends who want to witness the committal. However, the number of people allowed is two to three at the most.

9. What happens to the remains after cremation?

The remains after the process of cremation are placed on a cooling tray, where the metals are removed and the ashes are reduced to fine white ash, known as bone ash.

10. How long does it take to get the ashes after the process of cremation is completed - and what should everyone expect to receive?

Ashes are available for collection on the same day in most of the cases. However, the ordinarily cremated remains can also be ready for collection within one working day - or the day after. The human ashes are given in a standard container, weighing around 3 kilograms - unless specified and paid for something different.

We hope that this article has answered most of your questions regarding the process of cremation - and that you now understand it better!


How To Create A Memorial Of Your Loved One By Turning Ashes Into Jewellery

30 April, 2017

How To Create A Memorial Of Your Loved One By Turning Ashes Into Jewellery

The memory of our loved ones deserves to live after their passing. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways one can preserve the memory of their loved ones - and recreate it into beautiful jewellery.

Aside from looking good, memorial jewellery holds a memory, reminds people of occasions and helps us express ourselves. And when that memory is one of our loved ones lost - the jewellery is known as memorial jewellery.

Memorial jewellery comes in different types, shapes and sizes. That is why today, we are listing all the ways you can create a memorial of your loved one by turning their ashes into long-lasting jewellery.

1. Turn Ashes Into Glass

Ashes into glass is one of the types to have fine and hand-made jewellery thanks to a specialist workshop. Basically, the ashes into glass is a form of jewellery that turns the ashes into symbolic and high-quality rings, necklaces and earrings that contain the ashes and hence, the living memory of your loved one.

2. Turn Ashes Into Diamonds

Diamonds have always been a symbol of specialty, uniqueness and pure love. When the ashes are turned into diamonds, they possess an unparallel purity - just like your love for the ones you lost. Free from any heavy metals, unstable chemicals and colouring additives, the diamond memorial jewellery is definitely a choice worth considering.

3. Turn Ashes Into Cremation Jewellery

Cremation jewellery is meant to make your memory alive. From cremation pendants to rings, urns for ashes and keepsakes for adults, children and pets - it is tailored to everyone's needs and can be found in different forms. Affordable and long-lasting, this type of jewellery is a great way to keep the ashes of your loved one close to your heart.

4. Turn Ashes Into Rings

Whether it's a gold or a silver ring, there is definitely space in it to make it the best memory of a loved one. Turning ashes into rings is another type of jewellery that will bring you closer to your loved ones at all times - all while wearing a true mark of quality.  The cremains are combined with glass creating an impression of stars within a night sky and then fitted into a ring of your size.

5. Unique Glass Memorial Keepsakes

You can now send the ashes of your loved one to a specialist designing unique glass memorial keepsakes and jewellery. The cremains in this form of accessories and jewellery are readily seen within the glass as swirly white particles - reminding you of your loved ones while still being a discreet way of keeping them close to you at all times.

So, have you found your favorite way of creating memorials of your loved one through jewellery?

3 Ways To Get Your Loved One's Ashes Into Jewellery

26 April, 2017

Cremation jewellery has take the world by storm over the past decade. There are many cremation jewellery brands out there for people who choose an alternative way than scattering the ashes of their loved ones in the traditional ways. Keeping the ashes of their loved ones in jewellery creates a certain type of momentum that brings comfort and healing to people.

With tons of positive feedback about cremation jewellery products and thousands of satisfied customers, it's evident that people are not only seeing this as a trend - but also as a massive opportunity to keep their loved ones closer to them. In a society that is more mobile than ever, people rely on keeping everything with them.

Still, getting a loved one's ashes into jewellery is a mysterious topic for many people nowadays. And that is why today, we are listing the 3 best ways to make that happen.

1. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Keepsake Ash Pendants

There are many tutorials and blogs that teach people how to open their jewellery and place their loved ones' ashes inside it. Typically, this happens with either using two fingers or a small screw and the top of the jewellery. Filling it in, on the other hand, can be done with the help of a small funnel. And when it comes to sealing the cremation jewellery, it is once again done either with two fingers or screws.

2. Ordering An Empty Piece Of Jewellery  and Having It Filled In

Another common alternative for people nowadays is ordering empty pieces of jewellery which are meant to have something inside them - and using them for the keepsake ashes of their loved ones or pets. As much as this is convenient for many people, it is not the perfect answer to the needs or is not a practical solution in most of the cases.

3. Custom Cremation Jewellery With Embroidered Details

The last and probably the most rational, delicate and custom example is cremation jewellery from brands that specialize in it. This choice basically lets people choose the type of cremation jewellery they want as well as customize it with text, numbers or any symbols or details that keep the memory of their loved ones alive.

At Cremation Jewellery, we pride ourselves on providing beautiful designs of all types of cremation pendants, rings, bracelets and urns. All of our products are custom engraved using traditional diamond-drag engraving and meant to keep the memory of your loved ones alive.

If you would like a custom engraving on your cremation jewellery item, a photo, an image or just text engraving then please contact us and we'll be very happy to help.

4 Helpful Ways To Cope With The Loss Of A Loved One

14 April, 2017

We all must accept the fact that at some point in life, we all lose someone we love. And even though this is one of the most difficult things that we can imagine, we must be able to cope in a way that is healthy for us, accept the pain and move on.

But how to do that?

1. Join the rituals

The memorial services, funerals and other traditions are meant to help people within the first few days and honour the person who died. Being in the presence of other people who knew the loved one can actually be comforting.

2. Be open with yourself and express your emotions

If you are feeling like you need a good cry, then do it. It will allow you to express your emotions and release them from you. Listening to sad songs can sometimes be comforting and bring back memories of the person you lost. After a while, everything will become less painful and you will learn to move on.

3. Talk about it

People who skip talking about the loved ones they lost can find coping with death harder. Telling stories of their loss and talking about your feelings will actually help you. However, if you don't want to talk about it - that is completely OK.

4. Preserve your memories

Creating tributes to the person who died like planting a tree in your garden or honoring them like taking part in a charity run or walk can be a great way to preserve your memories. Some people even make memory boxes or folders with things that remind them of their loved ones.

The Cremation Process: Explained

06 April, 2017

The Cremation Process: Explained

If you don't know what cremation refers to, it is basically the process of disposing a deceased person into ashes - and cremation has been used for thousands of years. And although in the beginning, cremation was a primitive process, it has risen over time into a more standardized and professional version. There are companies all around the world specialized in cremation as a process which takes less than 2 hours.

The process of cremation actually incorporates 3 stages:

Preparation of the body

The process of cremation starts when a funeral director obtains the authorization to cremate the decedent from the closest surviving family members, who are obliged to sign a document provided by the funeral home. Next is the preparation process that includes removing items that are not wished to be cremated such as jewellery, medical devices etc. The body is then placed into a cremation casket that is usually made of wood or crematic container.

The cremation

This starts when the body is placed in the cremation chamber (also known as retort), which is a chamber lined with fire resistant bricks on both the ceiling and walls. The floor, on the other hand, is made of special masonry compound that is able to withstand extremely high temperatures. Once the body is in - the door shuts and the burning begins at a temperature from 1800°F to 2000°F.

Processing the ashes

After 2 hours of incineration, the bone remains are the only things left along with the ashes that are collected and handled for further processing. Here, the crematory operator also removes all metal debris if found (screws, nails, surgical pins etc.) and the remaining bone fragments are then placed in a special processor that consists of a cylindrical container with motorized blades at the bottom of the unit - specialized in pulverizing the bone fragments to a fine powder called cremains or the actual ashes.

Finally, the ashes are placed in a plastic bag within a temporary cremation container or an urn.

It is now that you decide how best to honour your loved one, some people choose to scatter the ashes in a place special to the loved one; others may bury the ashes in a cemetery with a special plaque of remembrance, some will choose to keep the ashes closer to home and may buy a cremation urn which is personalised or which captures the essence of the loved one; and more often now, people will share the ashes amoung family members in a smaller sharing urn or in a cremation ash charm or pendant which they wear on a necklace.

The History Of Cremation Jewellery: How It All Started

05 April, 2017

The first known pieces of cremation jewellery date back to the beginning of humanity, where men wanted to hold a keepsake of their loved one and used everything from skin to nails, tears or even drops of blood behind plates. However, cremation jewellery has evolved over time and nowadays represents a more symbolic way to deal with the death of a loved one - and keep the memory long-lasting.

Losing a loved one is hard and we remember our loves in different ways.    In the Victorian era, people made family portraits whenever someone in their family died, with their loved one posing in the portrait. As this tradition died out the Victorians replaced this and cremation jewellery took its place.

However, the first pieces of cremated jewellery were not for ashes - they were in fact made from hair from the person who died. People would clip a piece of hair from the deceased and then have it woven into a bonnet that was given to the next of kin.  And for richer people the hair was placed into a glass locket - very similar to today's cremation jewellery for ashes.

The first cremated jewellery that actually included body remains was the form of woven hair pinned into rings, pendants or even pins. This practice was known as hair art and was developed into different forms of jewellery over time - including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other decorative accessories made from human hair.

Soon though people started considering the things of the dead such as teeth, skin and nails as bad luck - they began carrying things like burial dirt, locks of hair or even cremated ashes of their loved ones. This was the actual starting point of cremation jewellery for ashes.

Nowadays, cremation ashes are used in everything from jewellery to paintings, or even skin tattoos - all in order to present a valuable keepsake of a loved one.

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17 December, 2014

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