Guide to Cremations

In modern Britain, cremations continue to grow in popularity. In this section you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cremations.

What is a cremation?

A cremation is a process that uses intense heat to convert a person who has died into ashes. Once the cremation is complete, the ashes are returned to the family of the person who has died.

In the UK, around 70% of funerals are conducted as a cremation. In this guide we have answered some of the more frequently asked questions for arranging a funeral with a cremation.

Which religions believe in cremation?

Each religion has a different preference when it comes to cremations. It would be best to contact a member of the team to discuss in detail the different services we can provide, however as an overview the following religions state:

  • For Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, although Sikhs can be buried if cremation is not available.
  • Christian denominations can be either cremated or buried.
  • There is still an inclination to burial in Roman Catholicism, but cremation is permitted. The current Pope ruled in 2016 that following cremation ashes should then be “laid to rest in a sacred place”, the implication of which is that ashes should not be scattered, put into keepsakes, kept at home or separated between different parties.
  • For Islamics, burial is mandated and preferably without a coffin.

How can I personalise a cremation?

At CPJ Field we recognise that every life is unique and therefore so should every funeral and cremation should be unique too. Our Things to Consider section will help you tailor every last detail to suit your wishes, from a choice of coffin, to transport or poems and readings, every aspect of a cremation can be personalised.

What happens to ashes after a cremation?

Once the cremation is complete, a member of the team will contact you to arrange for collection. It can be difficult to know what to do with them, once received. One option is to scatter them in a place of personal significance or perhaps you would prefer to have them interred. An ashes interment means to place cremated ashes into a permanent place.

Our guide on Scattering Ashes looks at the different options to help guide you when deciding what to do with your loved one's ashes.

Are cremations cheaper than burials?

A cremation is usually cheaper when compared to the cost of a burial. This is in part due to the additional costs related to a burial, including the cost of a burial plot and costs relating to a headstone or memorial plaque.

For more information about the cost of a funeral, contact your nearest funeral home and a member of the team can discuss the options with you.