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Crematorium Technician here

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Marmaladdin Thu 31-May-18 13:20:23

Thanks Kermit good to know!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 31-May-18 13:20:21

Is metalwork offered to the family, or do you just retain it?

kermitrulesok Thu 31-May-18 13:19:42

@MothertotheLordsofmisrule I refer to ashes as their name but I don't have any emotion as I didn't know the person.

Tentomidnight Thu 31-May-18 13:19:20

Are the bodies cremated after each funeral, or all at a certain time of day?
Does black smoke come out of the chimney?
What is left behind and how is it disposed of? (metal plates/pins from operations? Pacemakers? Piercings?

kermitrulesok Thu 31-May-18 13:18:42

@StormcloakNord I have no idea but maybe contact your local authority mortuary and they could point you in the right direction.

MothertotheLordsofmisrule Thu 31-May-18 13:17:47

When you first held a persons ashes what did you think/feel?

I was quite amazed by the weight of ashes I’ve held.
Sort of morbid realisation (and fascination) that these ashes were once a person.

kermitrulesok Thu 31-May-18 13:17:45

@Marmaladdin absolutely 100% of the correct ashes. An ID card is attached to the remains and stays with them until the ashes leave our crem.

StormcloakNord Thu 31-May-18 13:16:12

This sounds like really interesting work.

I know this isn't your specific line of work - but do you know how to get into working in morgues? I've always wanted to work in a morgue but find it next to impossible to find what kind of qualifications you need?!

kermitrulesok Thu 31-May-18 13:15:40

I absolutely adore my job. It's a really taboo subject but I love helping people at their most vulnerable time.

Marmaladdin Thu 31-May-18 13:15:28

Do people get the right ashes back? My DF (with no insight or experience) thinks we just get any old dust back....

madmomma Thu 31-May-18 13:13:16

What made you go into this line of work? Do you enjoy it?

kermitrulesok Thu 31-May-18 13:11:53

I see lots of threads about cremations and Crematoria. I'm currently a crem tech so please ask me questions and I will endeavor to answer them.

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