Cremation services are the most frequent choice made by Sydney residents when it comes to deciding what to do with the body of a loved one who has passed. Just over 50% of Australians choose to be cremated when they pass on. Lady Anne Funerals are experienced in offering personalised cremation services Sydney wide.

Cremation services and memorial options

A cremation service can be a highly personal service, often referred to as a memorial.

Cremation funeral services can occur before or after the cremation process. If you would like to, you are able to host a funeral with the body of your loved one present in a casket. This style of service is exactly as a traditional funeral service, though instead of burial, the body is then sent to be cremated. The family can be present, or may collect the cremated remains once the body has been processed. 

A cremation memorial can be held after the body has been processed and is often less formal than a funeral. A memorial can act similarly to a funeral service, but instead of having the body present, the cremated remains will be present. Sometimes a memorial service will happen post the scattering of remains or the permanent resting place of the cremated remains has been placed in a mausoleum or buried in a memorial garden. The choice is that of the person who has passed, or the family of the deceased.

Legal requirements when preparing cremation services or memorials

There are some legal requirements when it comes to the processing of the body of your loved one. We can assist you with planning for the memorial or funeral service as soon as the death certificate is provided. It is a legal requirement to provide a statutory declaration to apply for a cremation. Your lady funeral director at Lady Anne Funerals can help you with filling out and filing the forms.

To find out more information about cremation, call your Lady Anne Funeral Director, or have a look at the Cremation Fact Sheet provided by the NSW Government Health Department.

Religious attitudes to cremation

There are some religious groups that practice cremation and some that will forbid its use. Each belief system is held in high regard and supported at Lady Anne Funerals. Religions such as Muslims and Orthodox Jews will not cremate in line with their beliefs. Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists will practice cremation. Most Christian religions will support either burial or being cremated.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is cremation cheaper than burial?
This will depend on the services you would like to accompany the passing. Speak directly with our Lady Funeral Directors to discuss what you would like to include in the service or memorial.

How much does it cost to be cremated?
The cost of cremation varies dramatically dependent on the type of cremation and the location of the crematorium.  Each cremation service can vary in the wishes of the family, so obtaining cost information from your funeral home of choice is the best way to gauge appropriate costs.

Can I be there when the cremation takes place?
You may be able to make arrangements to attend the committal of the coffin or casket into the cremator. You will need to check with your funeral director to ensure this service is offered by the crematorium.

Will the coffin be cremated?
The coffin is a very important part of the cremation process. There is a metal nameplate attached to the coffin which will stay with the remains until the completion of the process to ensure the identity of the cremated is proven.

Who can direct the method of disposal of the remains?
Only the person who applied for the cremation will be allowed to make decisions in regards to the cremated remains. The applicant for cremation may make a written transfer of their rights to another person who will then be accepted as an authority.

Can I send personal items in to be cremated with my loved one?
Due to potential hazards, personal mementos are not accepted for the processing of the body. Personal jewellery items should be removed prior to the bodies placement in the coffin. Often a wedding ring is left with the departed, with other jewellery items treasured and passed on as heirlooms.

What container can I use to store the ashes?
Often families choose to keep their loved ones remains in an urn. Urn’s can be found in a range of styles and materials, and a variety of price points. Often natural metals, stone or timber are used in the vessel made to keep your loved one.

For any further information regarding cremation services Sydney wide, Lady Anne Funerals are available to assist you and your family. As it is a difficult time for you, we offer experienced female only funeral directors to accompany you through the difficult process of farewelling a loved one. Please contact one of our ladies with any questions you might have around your next steps or assistance you need when planning your loved ones cremation funeral service.