If you are reading this, you are probably dealing with someone’s loss, and if that person was close to you, then you must be going through a particularly trying and difficult time. Your period of bereavement may become even more difficult if you have to plan your loved one’s cremation service as well. But to lessen the stress and anxiety associated with the process of arranging it, it is best if you know what to expect. This is particularly true in terms of the actual arrangements, costs, and more. Here is what you should know about planning a cremation service for your loved one: an important guide.
The cost and arrangements
The standard cremation cost in the United Kingdom is around £900. But cremations are usually less expensive than burials since you don’t have to pay for leasing a plot. The entire cost of the funeral plus cremation will usually be £4000, although this can vary per region as well.
When arranging a cremation, you can choose to hire a funeral director who can help take care of the details. Funeral directors in Leeds, such as Carroll & Carroll, can work with the crematorium and arrange specifics. But the requirements include submitting an application for cremation. You also need two GPs to sign the medical certificates that will authorise the cremation.
Cremation form completion is not part of a GPs’ regular duties with NHS, so this will come with a fee of £80 or more for each of the two forms. You may also have to fill in a form for the actual crematorium, and it will provide details regarding what you prefer during the service and how the crematorium should handle your loved one’s ashes. Bear in mind that the process can become more complicated if a coroner has investigated the death.
Most funeral services involving cremation are at the crematorium chapel, but you can also decide to hold the service at a different place or location. Although the crematorium may call it a ‘chapel,’ most of these venues are suited to other faiths. They may also provide you with religious icons or remove icons if you have a secular cremation service.
The length of the traditional service can vary from 20 minutes to an hour, and some places will allow mourners to have more time to arrive at the chapel and depart. You may also have the chance to book a double or more extended time slot, although this will have a corresponding fee as well.
The service may involve a eulogy, as is the case with other kinds of funerals, and you can opt to have additional readings and poems. If you have a Christian service, you may want a few hymns, but you can also request other types of music. Most crematoriums will also have CD players for you to bring other pieces, such as voice recordings. Once you are finished with the service, they will hide the coffin or casket, cover it with a curtain, and then take it to the cremator. This is the committal. When the committal is over, the mourners can view notes or flowers sent by other mourners. It is possible for you to view the process of cremation, but you will have to request this in advance.