Your most frequently asked questions, answered
Is a cremation ceremony more expensive than a burial?
Usually, no — although depending on where you go, the cost of the ceremony can differ. At Go Simply Funerals, our cremation funeral and burial funeral comes at the same price. However, this does not include the costs of grave purchase, memorial stones, or maintenance, which may cost much more in the long run.
What happens at the crematorium on the day?
It depends on the sort of ceremony you want. If you’ve chosen to go with a direct cremation, there will be no ceremony before the coffin is cremated. If you have gone with a ceremony beforehand, then it will be decided by you.
If you have gone forward with one, once the ceremony is over, the coffin will be taken from view, placed on a catafalque (a type of decorated table), and then placed into the crematorium.
A few family members may be present at this stage, but this would be your decision.
Do I have to have a religious service?
No. The type of service you have is ultimately down to you. If you wish, we can even provide a celebrant to hold a specific type of ceremony as needed.
What is direct cremation?
Direct cremation is a cremation without the ceremony beforehand. For many, it’s a better option as it’s regularly cheaper and still gives the family of the deceased the ability to hold their own personal service.
How long does the cremation service last?
Generally speaking, the service lasts around 45 minutes in total. This can change depending on the ceremony and whether you’ve booked additional time. If you need to book more time, please let us know in advance.
What happens to the coffin after the ceremony?
The coffin is moved into the committal room to make some final checks. Some extra precautions are taken before the coffin is placed into the cremator, including identity checks and checks for other documentation.
Does the cremation take place immediately?
The cremation will often take place immediately after the ceremony. However, if it doesn’t, it will be on the same day as the ceremony.
Is the coffin cremated with the body?
Yes. The coffin is cremated with the body and nothing may be removed afterwards.
What happens to objects that are not combustible?
After cremation, a magnet is used to remove any metallic parts that may have been leftover. You may not remove anything from the ashes once the cremation has happened.
Are relatives allowed near the cremator?
Yes, although there is a strict limit on the number of people that can be present during the cremation. Please talk to us about this is you wish to know more.
What happens to the remains after cremation?
After the cremation process, the ashes are left to cool, any metals are removed and the remains are ground down into a fine white ash using a cremulator.
Are the ashes available immediately?
Usually, the ashes are available for collection on the same day or the day after. They rarely take longer than that.
What do the ashes look like when I receive them?
Usually, the ashes will be given to you in a small container. You may wish to have a different type of container, however, as the provided ones are usually very plain, so please let us know if you want to use a certain container.
Do I have to take the ashes away?
No. If you decided to leave the ashes, they will be spread around a designated area (also called Gardens of Remembrance). If you wish them to stay in an urn but you don’t wish to take them with you, please let us know, as some crematoriums have areas for urns to be placed.
What are Gardens of Remembrance?
These gardens are designated areas at a crematorium which allows the spreading of ashes.
How long have I got to collect the ashes?
It depends on the crematorium, but generally they will hold them for a month before spreading them, unless there has been prior instruction. They may charge if they have to hold onto ashes for longer.
Can anyone collect the ashes?
No. They must be collected by a named person or the funeral director, who will need identification.
How many people use cremation today in Great Britain?
Almost 75% of people in the UK want to be cremated instead of buried. This number is steadily growing and burial is slowly becoming less popular due to a lack of cemetery space and the cost of grave purchase or renewal.
How many coffins are placed into the crematorium at one time?
There is only enough space for one coffin at a time. The only time more than one person would be placed inside at the same time was if there were instructions to do so from the surviving family (e.g. if a mother and child had died).
What happens to leftover jewellery?
Jewellery should be removed before cremation shortly after the time of death. After cremation, items are not allowed to be recovered, so make sure any jewellery intended to be left is removed.
How do I know I’ll get the right remains?
Each coffin is carefully identified upon arrival and carefully checked to make sure it’s correct by use of an identification card. This card stays with the coffin until the cremation process is complete. The ashes are then moved into an urn. Since each cremator can only contain one body, this ensures the correct coffin is given