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CodLiverOil556 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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CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 13:53:03

@KurriKurri contact the Crematorium and they will tell you as every site is different.

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CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 13:53:47

@yellowmellw no smell as it's all contained within the cremator which is slightly pressurised.

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speakout Thu 31-May-18 13:54:03

Do the brasses get sold back to the funeral home?

yellowmellw Thu 31-May-18 13:54:44

Do you have to wear breathing apparatus or anything when cleaning it out and do you get covered in ash

FriendlyOcelot Thu 31-May-18 13:55:18

Thanks Kermit. What a job!

shinycat Thu 31-May-18 13:55:39

Thanks you OP!

Can't think of anything atm, but will post if I do!

shinycat Thu 31-May-18 13:56:00

THANK you, not thanks you. DOH!

FriendlyOcelot Thu 31-May-18 13:56:04

Has there ever been an accident or a malfunction of the cremator which has meant the process has been bodged?

missnevermind Thu 31-May-18 13:56:11

When my mothers ashes were returned to us we were also given a signed certificate / card with 2 identical numbered stones in a presentation case, one of which was scorched and had burn marks.
That was in europe not in this country. Do you do something similar?

KingLooieCatz Thu 31-May-18 13:57:10

Just coming on to say my uncle was cremated a few weeks ago and the crematorium staff were brilliant. My cousin asked people to e-mail her their favourite memories of her dad. Apparently she just forwarded the lot to the crem and the lady that took the service spoke as if she'd known my uncle all his life. Uncle was a terminal alcoholic in the end but they managed to give him such a great send off.

CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 13:58:16

@yellowmellw we do NVF (non viable fetuses) separately

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yellowmellw Thu 31-May-18 13:59:23

@ILoveKermit what do you mean separately? I just had a miscarriage and so I want to know what will happen with the remains at cremation please

CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 13:59:34

@speakout all handles/nameplates/adornments are plastic and melt. They are not allowed in the cremator

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CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 14:00:11

@speakout sorry that should have said brass handles are not allowed in the cremator

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brizzledrizzle Thu 31-May-18 14:00:46

so when you receive the ashes of your relative you are actually getting a mix of coffin ashes and their ashes?

CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 14:00:54

@BarbaraOcumbungles depends on what filtration system they had.

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HirplesWithHaggis Thu 31-May-18 14:01:03

Thank you for your response, and for this thread. Fascinating indeed.

speakout Thu 31-May-18 14:01:31

So are the handles that are brass given back to the funeral home for re-sale?

CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 14:01:47

@yellowmellw we have to wear heat proof clothing and I wear a breathing mask when dealing with ashes.

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CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 14:04:02

@FriendlyOcelot I've heard a pacemaker go off and it was a very large explosion but fortunately didn't damage the cremator. A power cut will switch the cremator off but the cremation will still happen but very slowly. We are NOT allowed to open the cremator door under any circumstance even if the Crematorium is burning to the ground.

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CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 14:04:55

@missnevermind I know in Germany they use ceramic discs but as far as I know we don't use these in uk.

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PurpleStarInCashmereSky Thu 31-May-18 14:06:23

What factors make a body take longer to cremate?

Catcrazy008 Thu 31-May-18 14:06:41

Do you believe in an after life of any sorts?
Have you ever had an eerie or creepy incident?

FriendlyOcelot Thu 31-May-18 14:07:32

Thank you Kermit

CodLiverOil556 Thu 31-May-18 14:08:13

@yellowmellw different places do different things. We don't do contact NVF funerals but the place I used to be at did and they cremated altogether then scattered ashes in the baby garden.

At my place we cremate each one separately then ashes are either returned to family or scattered in accordance with families wishes. Please contact your hospital/funeral director that dealt with your baby and they will be able to tell you and I'm sorry for your loss.

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