September 30, 2019

Answers to Frequently-asked Questions about Direct Cremation

Increasingly more individuals (about a third of the Australian population) are interested in cremation as opposed to a traditional burial. There are various reasons for the latter, including monetary, personal, and philosophical belief.

In this article, we will go over some of the more common questions people have about cremations. If you or a loved one is thinking about cremation, here is some info that may assist you in deciding on the matter

What is cremation?

Cremation is burning of bodies of the departed and reducing them into ashes. This is no doubt different from a traditional burial wherein the body is prepped to decay over several years. Cremations are conducted in a crematorium which is usually located within or near cemeteries.

How is a body prepared for a cremation?

Before the cremation, it is essential that items that could jeopardise the cremation process be removed. This includes jewellery as well as pacemakers and other electronic devices that can implode if cremated along with the body.

In most cases, the body of the departed is gently laid down into a wooden coffin. The coffin is then put inside a cremator for incineration. If preceded by a funeral service, there will be flowers around the coffin which will need to be removed.

How is the body brought to the crematorium?

Bereaved family members do not have to worry about transporting the body of their loved one to the crematorium. This responsibility lies with the funeral director. That said, the details will depend on whether there’ll be a funeral service and where it’ll be held. In any case, transport will either be from the funeral director’s mortuary facility or from the church or wherever the funeral is held.

Note that once the body reaches the crematorium, it will remain sealed throughout the cremation process.

How soon can the cremation occur?

Generally, cremations are carried out within the day of the funeral. That said, at the family’s request, the cremation can be put on hold in which case; the coffin is stored in a refrigerated chamber.

What happens during the cremation process?

If you’re wondering how does cremation work, then know that cremators can work differently, but the majority is made up of 2 antechambers and a cooling plate. The front chamber is kept burning with natural gas and line with heat-resistant blocks. This room is heated to a temperature of up to 1000 degrees Celsius before the coffin is set into position. The heat from the blocks in this chamber causes cremation to occur.

After this, the body is moved to the second chamber, where the remains are removed. The latter is then deposited into a cooling plate. Here, any remaining metallic objects are eliminated by attending staff.

The last and final step is the cremulator which grinds any remaining bones into a powder-like texture. At this point, the ashes are sealed into a container (usually an urn).

How long does a cremation take?

It usually takes no longer than 2 hours to reduce the average human body into ashes. However, in some cases, the process can take 4 hours or more depending on size. Generally speaking, larger bodies take longer to cremate.


So there you have it — answers to some of the common questions that people have about direct cremation in Sydney. As mentioned earlier, the latter has become increasingly popular not only in Australia but around the world. If you think that when the time comes, you’d like to be cremated, you might want to consider planning such arrangements in advance. Prepaying for a funeral enables you to have the final say on what happens next once you’ve passed. More importantly, it lets you spare your family from any financial burdens.