HELP & ADVICE
We want Lelley Fields to be open and approachable in everything we do and for our visitors to understand the process and procedures of a cremation, know what to expect and to be comfortable asking us any questions at all.
The most common – and most difficult – questions are answered below, but if there’s anything we have missed out that you would like to know, please get in touch by email, phone, letter or in person.
Yes, cremation is an option for everyone. Some religions do not believe in cremation including Islam, Orthodox Judaism, Greek and Russian Orthodox and Mormons but there is no legal reason preventing anyone from being cremated.
Generally cremation costs less than burial. At Lelley Fields, we offer a variety of cremation services which are all priced differently. View our price list to find out more.
No, it is available to everyone, regardless of where they were born, lived or died. Anyone can be cremated here, have their ashes scattered in our scattering glades or have a memorial in their name.
This is one of the choices you will make, depending on the style of service you want and any religious or spiritual beliefs the deceased held. Funerals do not have any legal status, so anyone can lead the service, although you may find it easier if there is someone who is familiar with the process and the surroundings to be the central point, but involve family and friends as well. If you are using a Funeral Director, they will give you guidance on who leads your service. Your choices of service leader are:
- Spiritual/religious leader
- Civil celebrant: they can add a spiritual or religious element to the service (such as readings) but they don’t have any legal religious authority
- Family and friends
Whoever you choose to lead the service will be guided by you on the readings, any music or songs and the order of the service.
This is entirely up to you. You can sit in quiet contemplation, without any readings or music. Or you can include religious or secular readings, the congregation can be invited to sing hymns or songs, or you can simply play music through the sound system. There is a screen which can show video, photos or just words. You choose how to use the space and time.
We have a system available called Obitus, which allows people to watch the service live if they can’t be present. It’s the perfect way for people who can’t be there in person to take part. Webcast also records the service, which is available for up to 28 days for people to watch. There is a cost for this. View our webcasts page to find out more.
There are different services available. A delivery-only service with no mourners present (5 minutes), a Goodbye Service with mourners present (15 minutes) and a Full Service (60 minutes) which is enough time to ensure no-one feels rushed. You don’t have to use all this time, but the Service Hall will be available to you for this length of time.
The Oak Hall seats up to 100 people, plus another 40-50 standing.
The Birch Hall seats up to 50 people, plus another 20-30 standing.
The mourners will gather outside the Service Hall until the start of their service time. The coffin can be brought into the Service Hall beforehand, it can be carried in ahead of the mourners, or after everyone is seated.
The coffin will be placed on the Catafalque throughout the service, which is the raised platform at the front of the room.
The service is held, with any readings, music or addresses that you have chosen.
At the end of services held in the Birch Hall, a curtain can be drawn across the front of the coffin or it can be left open. Oak Hall doesn’t have a curtain, so the coffin remains in view on the catafalque.
Mourners will leave the room and can gather outside before the wake.
The committal then takes place, which is when the coffin is moved into the cremation room, out of sight.
Once the coffin is in the cremation room it can be up to 72 hours before it is put into the cremator, but we strive to do this within a few hours of the service finishing. The length of time depends on the time of day of the service and how many other cremations are due to take place.
The coffin containing the body is put into the cremator. There are thorough checks beforehand to ensure the right person has been brought for the service.
Only one coffin is put in the cremator at a time, except in special circumstances where a joint cremation has been requested.
The cremator burns at up to 1200°C and it typically takes 90 minutes for the cremation, plus a further 1-2 hours of cooling.
The funeral director will prepare the body to your instructions. You may wish to dress them in a favourite outfit, a uniform or in the clothes they were wearing when they died. If you wish to consider the environment, you can choose clothes made of natural fibres.
Yes, the body and the coffin are burnt together.
When the remains are cool, a high powered magnet is used to remove any metal fragments and then the bone fragments are put into a cremulator and ground down to a finer powder. This is then put into the chosen container, ready for collection.
Any metal is sent off for recycling and the profits are given to nominated local charities.
It is possible to view the cremator during the process. This needs to be arranged beforehand.
There is a very thorough, legal process of paperwork and identification which we follow to ensure the correct body is in cremator. You and we will know who is being cremated and there is never any mixing of remains. The cremator is thoroughly cleaned after each cremation, ensuring there are no ashes left.
This varies, but approximately 5-7lb.
Any jewellery that goes into the cremator will melt and become unrecognisable. It is not possible to recover through regular means, although the metal recycling process will recover any remnants that are left. These pieces then benefit local charities. Because there is no guarantee that jewellery will remain after cremation, it is advisable to keep it, rather than cremate it with the body.
There are a number of options available:
- Create an object
At Lelley Fields we offer a number of memorial options. View our services page for more information.
You can keep them in the urn or container for as long as you wish. They will not deteriorate or change if they are kept dry.