No one can be cremated until the cause of death is definitely known. Five forms are usually required by the crematorium. These forms are issued by the crematorium and are available from the funeral director. (The forms will vary when the coroner is involved). The forms have to be completed before the cremation can take place. They are:
An application form to be signed by the executor or next of kin.
Two cremation certificates (Cremation Form 4 and Form 5). Cremation Form 4 is completed by the doctor who looked after the deceased prior to death. Cremation Form 5 is again completed by a doctor but one who is not related to or in practice with the first doctor. A charge will be made for completing these forms. These forms will not be required at the crematorium if the coroner decides to hold a post-mortem examination.
A fourth certificate, Cremation Form 10, is signed by the medical referee at the crematorium who has the power to refuse the cremation, request a post-mortem examination or refer the matter to the coroner. The charge for this form is usually included in the cremation fee.
The certificate for disposal (green in colour and usually referred to as “the Green Certificate” by funeral directors to avoid saying the word ‘disposal’). This certificate is issued by the Register Office. If the coroner holds a post-mortem examination the ‘Green Certificate’ will be replaced by a form issued by the coroner. This certificate is yellow in colour and also replaces the ‘two cremation certificates’.
Deaths from abroad may require further documentation subject to which certification arrives with the deceased from the country where death occurred.
The cremated remains
When the funeral committal service is over in the crematorium chapel the cremation will take place shortly afterwards. Each coffin is cremated individually and after each cremation the cremated remains are removed and kept separately so that each family receives the remains of their relative. If required these are usually available for collection the next working day and can be:
Scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at the crematorium. This procedure varies from place to place. For further information contact a local funeral director or the crematorium directly.
Kept by the relatives
Interred in a new or existing family grave.
Scattered in a place deemed as appropriate by the family or as requested by the deceased prior to death.