Cremation Choices

Crematoriums are located across Sydney in all regions. Gregory & Carr Funerals can arrange a cremation at any of the Crematoriums no matter where you live. It is totally your choice.

Arranging a cremation

Gregory & Carr Funerals can arrange the required legal documents and liaise with the crematorium authorities. On these forms, your family or next of kin will need to record their intention regarding the disposition of the cremated remains. If you are undecided, the crematorium will hold the cremated remains for a reasonable period of time and will contact you for instructions.

After cremation

The ashes can either be kept at the crematorium or returned to Gregory and Carr Funerals. Soon after, your funeral arranger will contact you to discuss the various memorialisation options available.

Crematoriums offer many unique and personalised alternatives for the final resting place of the cremated remains. Any combination of memorials may be chosen to remember loved ones. This again is your choice.

How to memorialise

There are three main types of memorialisation – permanent memorialisation, alternative memorialisation, and scattering.

Permanent memorialisation

This involves the internment of the cremated remains in a permanent memorial such as a crematorium, cemetery or church. For this option it may be necessary to consider whether a memorial should be created in which other family members’ cremated remains can be placed in the future. Most crematoriums and cemeteries offer a variety of single, double and family memorials.

Permanent memorials vary at different facilities but can include:

  • Columbarium wall: A traditional style of memorialisation where cremated remains are interred in a niche within the wall and memorialised with a personal plaque. Single and double plaques are available.
  • Rose garden: The cremated remains are interred in the garden and memorialised with a small granite pillar and a personalised plaque. Single and double memorials are available.
  • Rock in waterway: The cremated remains are interred near the waterway. A personalised plaque with a special message can be placed on a granite pillar located near the water or on a rock situated in the waterway.
  • Memorial seat: The memorial garden seat allows those left behind to sit in the tranquil environment of the memorial garden. A number of generations can be placed in the surrounding garden, each with their own memorial plaque fastened to the seat.
  • Garden rockery: Family garden rockeries are individually designed and personalised. You may choose a single, double or larger rockery for a number of family members.
  • Family garden estate: The family garden estate is specially designed and personalised to your family’s requirements and is suited for many family members. It is an ideal way to have a lasting family memorial for future generations to visit.

Alternative memorialisation

This usually involves having a memorial in the family home and includes full size memorials containing the cremated remains and keepsake memorials containing a small portion of cremated remains.

  • Full Size Memorials: A full size memorial holds the cremated remains and allows loved ones to keep them. These memorials come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and materials such as ceramics, custom wood, solid timber, marble and solid bronze. They range from traditional rectangular shapes to individually crafted memorials. Memorials can also look like ornaments or photo frames which allows a family to have a private memorial in their home as a meaningful tribute to their loved one.
  • Keepsake memorials: Keepsake memorials are similar to full size memorials but contain only a small portion of the cremated remains. There are a variety of keepsake memorials to choose from and they are available in ceramic, solid timber, cast bronze, gold or silver jewellery, picture frames and remembrance cabinets. As keepsake memorials contain only a portion of cremated remains, they may be used in combination with other memorialisation options. You may like several members of your family to have a keepsake memorial so each person can have something as a remembrance of you.

You can also choose a keepsake memorial and permanent memorial at a crematorium or cemetery to provide an everlasting place for your ashes while still giving them something to keep with them as a remembrance. Many families like to have a keepsake memorial so they always have part of their loved one close to them and then scatter the rest of the cremated remains in a special place.

Scattering

Some families choose to scatter the cremated remains of their loved one. Scattering is irreversible so it needs to be considered carefully. If it has been decided to scatter the cremated remains of a loved one, a number of options are available. Scattering can be done almost anywhere including at the crematorium, on your family property, in the ocean, on mountains, in outer space or another place that holds special memories.

You can choose a permanent memorial without cremated remains simply by placing a plaque in the memorial gardens of a crematorium. Or you can scatter the cremated remains from a full size memorial and then keep it as a family memorial. Keepsake memorials are valuable for those who choose to scatter the cremated remains of their loved one. Before scattering, a small portion of cremated remains can be placed in the memorial so they can always have a remembrance nearby.