Cremation has gained popularity over the past few years and is the first choice for many people. If you’re planning a cremation there are many decisions to be made. Most of these decisions aren’t easy to make because of the difficult time you are going through.

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There a many important matters to consider, such type of cremation (no service, no attendance  or a simple service), selection of cremation provider and cost. Don’t be fooled by sponsored Google or Facebook Ads selling the cheapest cremation package. It pay’s to do your homework.


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The Basics of Cremation

Cremation is a way of disposing of the body through incineration. It’s an alternative to burial that can serve as a funeral or post-funeral ritual. The cremated remains of the bones are in the form of ashes. To plan a successful cremation process, here are some things that should be taken into consideration.


1. Pre-Planning

There are countless decisions that are made before the death of a person. Chances are, your loved ones may have already decided if or how they want to be cremated after their death. It’s very common for many people, especially the elderly, to decide on the type of cremation they want after their death.


2. Approval Process

The cremation process cannot start without proper approvals. Before it starts the cremation provider needs to have documented approvals. In most states, a deceased person can only be cremated if a permit to cremate has been issued by a medical referee. Application for a permit to cremate generally requires the completion of  prescribed forms. For example:


Application for permit to cremate

The senior next of kin or administrator of the estate are the usual people who will apply for a permit to cremate, although there are provisions for other people to apply if necessary. If the applicant is not the administrator of the deceased, then the applicant must make a statutory declaration. Information to be provided includes:

  • personal details about the deceased
  • instructions of the deceased
  • details of the death.


Certificate of medical practitioner

The doctor who attended the deceased prior to death must complete this form. Information to be provided includes:

  • illness causing death
  • place and time of death
  • any evidence of a non-natural death
  • any implants that may make cremation unsafe.


Permit to cremate

A medical referee can issue the permit after receiving the above forms. A medical referee cannot issue a permit to cremate when he/she has signed the death certificate, as the two processes must be independent. Once the permit to cremate has been issued, the funeral director must provide this form to the crematorium. A permit to cremate is sufficient authority for the cremation of the body at a crematorium


3. Choice of Cremation Provider

While planning a cremation is important, the selection of the right cremation provider is important. There are many cremation providers out there making all sorts of claims.

Be sure to be a little investigative while talking to cremation service providers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more you know about the provider and the process, the easier your choice becomes.

You want to make sure that your loved one is cared for with respect and dignity by cremation providers that you can trust.

  • Where and how will they care for your loved one before cremation?
  • Which crematorium will they transfer your loved one for cremation?
  • Can family members attend the crematorium?

If immediate family members wish to attend the crematorium for ONE LAST GOODBYE, speak to your local funeral director to see what is possible. If they are inflexible choose another one – you are the client.



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