Old Wives tales part 2!
I hope you enjoyed the first part of this blog? Here is the second part. Again most of you will have heard some of these and may already know the truth? but for those of you who don't then here they are:
Q1: Does the whole coffin get burned in the cremator?
A: Yes it does. The whole thing goes in (handels and all) and gets burned. A lot of people are under the illusion that we take out the dead body and reuse the coffin. This does not happen. I think in some states in America that is illegal!! The handels on todays coffins here in the UK for the most part are made out of plastic. Some burial coffins are fitted with metal handels but they are not made of brass like they used to be.
Q2: Do I get all of the ashes back?
A: Yes you do. The cremation process usually takes between one to two hours dependong on how big the person is? The cremators are so hot that the coffin gets burned up and there is nothing left of it. What you are left woth one the cremation process is over are the bones. They then get crushed up in a machine called a cremulator. This grinds the bones into a dense grainy powder, and those are ashes. They are more the consistency of beach sand rather than ash. The cremation process over here is quite a strict one with each body being labelled and that label following it around until the complete cremation process is over. This makes it almost impossible to get ashes mixed up.
Q3: Is embalming a legal requirment?
A: No it isn't. In fact to be anembalmer here in the UK one needs no qualifications at all!!! It is something that some in the industry would like to change. There are embalming schools where you can obtain an embalmers certificate after completing an very lengthy and in depth course of study but it is not required. Some funeral homes do not even practice embalming. They out source the work to free lance trade embalmers. Some train their staff to embalm on the job and dispense with the formal qualification due to the large costs involved putting someone through college. Te onlt time embalming becomes a legal requirement is when a funeral home needs to repatriate a body abroad. Only then do you need a qualified embalner to carry out the work.
What qualifications do you need to be a funeral director?
A: None whatsoever! In the UK anyone can set up a funeral home providing they have the right planning permission to do so? You do not need to be qualified or expirienced even to set up your own funeral home Again this is something that some in the industru here in the UK are trying to change. The UK funeral industry is not regulated by any goverment body (no pun intended) this leaves it wide open to abuse by people who would take advantage of the bereaved. However I am happy to say though that most funeral homes are run by decent honest people who have dedicated their lives to this service.
Well I hope you found that informative? If you have nay questions then please do not hesitate to get in contact.