Please read through some commonly asked questions to do with cremations and the services available at Just Cremations. If you have more specific questions or would just like to talk to someone, free call 1800 65 35 95 or contact us.

Is cremation more expensive than burial?

Generally cremation is cheaper than burial. However, please ask our staff member who will be able to advise you of the precise cost.

How many people use cremation today in Western Australia?

Approximately 80% in Western Australia.

Are there any religious groups which forbid cremation to their members?

Yes. It’s forbidden by Orthodox Jews, most Orthodox faiths, Muslim and some other religions. However, most Christian denominations including Roman Catholic Church allow cremation. It is the normal method of Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists.

What religious ceremony can I have with cremation?

Service for burial and cremation is the same apart from the form of committal. The service may take place in one’s own church or our private Chapel or at the crematorium chapel. Alternatively the whole service may be conducted elsewhere, with no service at the crematorium. You may arrange your own Clergy to conduct the service or we can help find someone for you.

Do I have to sign anything?

Yes. If you are the executor or the next of kin, or authorised by either to do so, you will be asked to complete an application for cremation and the crematorium’s authority forms. You will also be asked to indicate your intention regarding disposal of the cremated remains.

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

The coffin is bought into the chapel and placed on the catafalque (committal table) prior to the mourners entering and taking their seats. At the appropriate time during the service the coffin may be removed from view by closing of the curtains or by activating of the conveyance. At the end of the service the mourners leave the chapel and enter the condolence lounge to pay their respects (with optional catering available).

What happens to the coffin after the service?

It is withdrawn into a committal room where the nameplate of the coffin is checked with the cremation order to ensure correct identity. The coffin is then identified with a label giving all the relevant information. This identification then stays with the coffin until the final disposal of the cremated remains.

What happens about handles and other fittings?

Some crematoria remove the fittings because of the adverse effect the chemical composition can leave on cremation chambers and also because licenses issued by the Environment Protection Authority necessitate this. Any fittings are removed and destroyed.

What about precious metals and other metals?

The temperature at which a modern cremator operates (between 6600C & 10000C)
is such that metals are fused together with other materials so that they are not
recognisable and have no salvage value. Any metallic material resulting from a cremation is disposed of in accordance with the instruction of the cremation authority (usually by burial within the crematorium grounds).

Is more than one coffin cremated at same time in a cremator?

No. The only exceptions permitted to this rule may be in the case of a mother and a baby or twin children, and permission is sought from the relevant authority.

How can I be sure I get the right cremation ashes?

As explained, each coffin is identified on arrival and the identity label is placed on the outside of the cremator as soon as the coffin is placed into it. The label stays with the remains until they are placed in a container which is also suitably identified. As each cremation chamber will only accept one coffin and the remains must be withdrawn before the cremator is used again, all remains are kept separate throughout the process.

Furthermore, all cremations in Western Australia are controlled by state and local governments, who ensure everything is conducted in a proper manner.

Can I keep the cremated remains if I want, or must I dispose of them?

In most instances disposal of the remains is the responsibility of the administrators of the estate. They may keep the cremated remains if they so wish or they may arrange a memorial, which provides a place where family and friends can pay their respects.
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