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Do they cremate multiple bodies at once?

Do they cremate multiple bodies at once?  No they don’t. In the UK the Code insists that each cremation is carried out separately.

Furthermore the aperture (opening/door) of cremator in which the coffins are place is only big enough to accept one coffin.

There are certain exceptions, specifically in certain where the cases of mother and child or small twin children. However the next of kin or the executor of the will need to specifically make this request. In these case both bodies are cremated within the same coffin.

This frequently asked question highlights the opaqueness of funeral practises coupled with society general reticence to confront this issue, plus a pinch of conspiracy thrown in for good measure. You would be utterly amazed by the amount of people who have a strong and vocal opinion of the poor operational procedures of crematoria without the slightest shred of evidence or personal experience. To overcome this many crematoria if requested will allow people to witness a cremation.

8 thoughts on “Do they cremate multiple bodies at once?

  1. Reply
    Pixlification - 8th August 2021

    How ecologically damaging is the modern cremation of bodies in the UK ok?

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      Richard Martin - 10th August 2021

      There are three main impacts
      CO2 from the using fossil fuels – moderate
      Mercury and other particulates – depends on the crematoria’s filtration processes
      Ashes residue – which are fine if thinly spread out

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    Cat - 27th April 2021

    How long does it take to cremate a body

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      Richard Martin - 4th May 2021

      Depending on the type of cremator and the temperature it normally takes about hour and a half to complete a cremation although larger coffins sometimes take up to two hours.

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    Claire - 24th December 2020

    How much for a son and mother to be cremated

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      Richard Martin - 5th January 2021

      Dear Claire
      It depends on the crematoria. You would need to check with you funeral director.
      Kind regards

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    Marietjie - 13th January 2020

    How do I gat a post mortem report before cremation I suspect faul play

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      Richard Martin - 14th January 2020

      Dear Marietjie

      I don’t know where in the world you are, but I would approach the police. I don’t know whether post-mortems can be done privately.

      Kind regards

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