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Code of Cremation Practice

Code of Cremation Practice


Code of Cremation Practice followed by Barrow Borough Council



The cremation of a human body is a highly emotional occasion for those taking part in the service. This must

never be forgotten by the staff of the Crematorium, who must combine to create and maintain an 

atmosphere of reverence and respect throughout the entire proceedings.


The greatest care must be taken in the appointment of members of the Crematorium staff, any one of 

whom may, by conduct or demeanour, detract from the atmosphere of reverence which it is endeavoured to 

create. All staff employed in the operation of cremators must be suitably trained in the technical and ethical 

procedures and certified as specified in the Secretary of State’s Guidance Notes of the Environmental 

Protection Act 1990 or any subsequent legislation made thereunder.


(a) A body shall not be removed from the Crematorium after the Service of Committal except for a lawful 

purpose. (b) Subject to receiving the necessary Authority to Cremate, the coffin and its contents shall be put 

into the cremator, as soon as practicable, exactly as they have been received on the catafalque. A body not 

cremated on the same day as the coffin is received at the Crematorium may only be retained on the written 

consent of the Applicant for cremation and in circumstances deemed necessary by the Cremation Authority, 

including impacts on the environment. All bodies retained at the crematorium will be accommodated in 

secure and sanitary conditions within the building.

(c) Once a coffin with its contents has been placed in the cremator, it shall not be touched or interfered with 

until the process of cremation is completed. On completion the whole of the Cremated Remains/Ashes shall 

be collected and shall be disposed of in accordance with the instruction received.


(a) No coffin shall be accepted at any Crematorium unless it bears adequate particulars of the identity of the

deceased person contained therein. If a coffin is encased, the cover and the coffin must bear adequate 

identity of the deceased person.

(b) Every care must be taken to ensure correct identification throughout the whole proceedings from the 

moment the coffin is received onto the catafalque until the final disposal of the Cremated Remains/Ashes.


Each coffin given to the care of the Cremation Authority shall be cremated separately.


When a re-useable cover is used to encase a coffin, signed authority must be given by the Applicant for the

cremation authorising its use and consenting to its subsequent removal from the Crematorium.


Any metal found amongst the Cremated Remains/Ashes shall be disposed of in accordance with the 


of the Cremation Authority or Higher Authority.


The utmost care shall be taken to ensure that the Cremated Remains/Ashes, following their removal from the

cremator, shall be kept separate and suitably identified. The Cremated Remains/Ashes shall be placed in a 

separate container awaiting final disposal. If the Cremated Remains/Ashes are to be disposed of in a Garden of

Remembrance, this shall be conducted with reverence and respect. Cremated Remains/Ashes to be conveyed 

by a carrier service should be placed in a suitably labelled robust container and dealt with according to 

recommendations laid down by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities.


Cremators and all other ancillary equipment used in the Crematorium shall be kept in good repair and 

maintained in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations, and the requirements of the current 

guidance Notes issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or subsequent legislation.


All cremations shall be carried out according to the provisions of the Cremations Acts and the Regulations 

made Thereunder, and any subsequent legislation.