Traditional Cremation Ceremonies
Traditional Cremation Ceremonies currently acount for over 80% of the total funeral services conducted in the UK. This is, in part, due to lack of space in Churchyards, particularly in urban and city locations. A typical cremation service will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes duration as they can often be very busy places.
As crematoria are not ‘religious’ buildings there can be much greater flexibility regarding the content of the service. It is possible to create a respectful and meaningful ‘person centred’ ceremony based entirely on the values, wishes and beliefs of the deceased and their family. The ceremony may incorporate music, readings and tributes from family and friends, should they wish to contribute. Ceremonies conducted by Civil Funeral Celebrants in crematoriums are often much more focused on celebrating the life that has been lead and honouring the achievements of the deceased.
(Picture: Courtesy of Seven Hills Crematorium in Ipswich, Suffolk).
Many people have concerns about attending a crematorium, in as much as they may be worried about what they may see and hear of the working processes of the crematorium. Let me assure you that in all of the services I have conducted, none of the working aspects that concern so many people have ever been evident. Indeed crematoriums are specifically designed to ensure that the experience of the people attending a ceremony there is as comforting and as easy as possible. Most crematoriums would be happy to show you around the public parts of the building to help alay any fears you may have.
Direct Cremation Ceremonies
A Direct Cremation is the name given to the process of using the facilities of a crematorium without any form of ceremony. You may think it a little strange that someone who specalises in funeral ceremonies would be providing you with this information. But there are a number of circumstances when this may be the most appropriate course of action. If the wishes of the deceased were that there was to be no sort of ceremony at all, this would be an option to consider.
I would, however, suggest to anyone considering this as an option to think very carefully. A funeral ceremony is, to a large part, for the living. An opportunity to say goodbye in a fitting and respectful manner. You will not have the opportunity to re-do the ceremony later if you change your mind.
he other common use of a Direct Cremation is when the immediate family only will be attending to just witness the committal and a larger more public Memorial Ceremony will be held at a later date.