Today, all of the Christian denominations, including Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland, allow cremation. It is also the normal method used by practically all Eastern religious sects for disposing of human remains after death. Orthodox Judaism and Islam forbid cremation.Approximately 8% of funeral services in the Republic of Ireland now choose Cremation with that figure increasing to 10% in Northern Ireland. There are now three Crematoria in Dublin – Glasnevin, Mount Jerome and Newlands Cross as well as Roselawn in Belfast.
Before cremation, forms must be signed by a medical referee who must be satisfied that the attending doctor viewed the body before and after death, completed the medical certificate and the necessary form stating that there is no reason why the body should not be cremated. The attending doctor is required to examine whether or not the death should be notified to the Coroner. There may be difficulties arranging an immediate cremation if the cause of death is not clear. A Coroner may in this case complete a Coroner’s Cremation Certificate. In some cases, a Garda Superintendent has the power to stop a cremation.
- Lakeland Funeral Home & Crematorium Cavan (049) 4362200
- Glasnevin Crematorium. (01) 8305211
- Mount Jerome Crematorium. (01) 4971269
- Newlands Cross Crematorium. (01) 4592288
As well as
- Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast. 00 44 (28) 904483422
Cremation is similar to burials and it is usual to hold an appropriate service in your local church or place of worship. The coffin is then removed to the chapel in the crematorium grounds, where a short committal service takes place (similar to that at the graveside). The mourners take their seats in the chapel. The coffin is then brought into the chapel and the service begins. The coffin will be placed in a position for everyone to view. The chosen service will commence. It may include hymns, songs, prayers and eulogies.
Towards the end of the service, curtains will be drawn and the coffin will be hidden from view.
At the end of the service, the coffin is moved into the committal room and the mourners leave.
After the committal service the coffin is taken from the committal room to the crematorium building. The body, along with the coffin, is cremated usually on the same day as the service or within 24 hours. Crematorium regulations require that only combustible materials are used in the manufacture of coffins for use in cremation. The Code of Cremation Practice requires that the coffin is placed in the cremator in exactly the same condition as that in which it arrived at the crematorium.
Today, all of the Christian denominations, including Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland, allow cremation. It is also the normal method used by practically all Eastern religious sects for disposing of human remains after death. Orthodox Judaism and Islam forbid cremation.
Each cremator is only large enough to take one coffin. When a cremation has finished the cremated remains are placed into an individually identified container. For further reassurance family members may observe the cremation taking place or nominate a person to do so on their behalf.
The ashes are typically available within 3 to 4 working days after the cremation. You can make arrangements through the funeral director or the crematorium to organise the collection of the ashes.
The remains are sometimes buried in the crematorium’s garden of remembrance or placed in a niche in a columbarium wall, if there is one. (A columbarium wall is a structure containing small spaces where you can place cremated remains in urns, etc.).
Alternatively, the ashes can be removed in an urn which can be supplied by the funeral director or the crematorium. You can then bury the remains in the family grave or disperse them. If the dispersal is not on private ground, permission should be obtained from the appropriate authority, for example, the local authority.