If you have chosen a cremation ceremony for your loved one, then you have to answer the important and sensitive question of what to do with the remains. At Hetherington Funerals, we offer a range of funeral services including cremations. We can help you address some of the questions you might have about ash disposal.

What Are the Stages of Cremation?

The cremation process begins with the preparation of the body. Our funeral director will obtain authorization to cremate from the closest surviving member of the family. Anything that should not be cremated, such as jewellery or pacemakers, is removed from the body.

The body is placed in a cremation casket or container which has a tag placed on it for identification of the remains once they are returned to the funeral home.

The next stage is cremation. This involves the casket or container being placed in the cremation chamber that is specifically designed to withstand extremely high temperatures. The process usually takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours.

The final stage is processing the ashes. After the cremation is complete, the remains can be handled for further processing after about 30 minutes to an hour. They will then be placed in a special processor to create the ashes. These ashes are placed in a plastic bag within a cremation container. The family can choose to have the ashes placed in an urn of their choosing.


How Much Ash Is There after Cremation?

For most adults, there is usually about 2 to 3 kilos of ash. The average is anywhere between 1 and 4.5 kilos.


Storage Options for Cremated Ashes

There are many options for storing cremated ashes. A family may wish to scatter the ashes of the deceased. Make sure you get approval from a controlling authority if you wish to scatter ashes in a private or public place in Western Australia.

If you choose to store ashes in an urn, there are a range of options for where to house the remains, including:

  • A columbarium
  • Am entombed crypt or mausoleum
  • Burying the ashes in a cremation plot
  • At home

For more information about ash disposal and cremation, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Hetherington Funerals