Cremation 2018-09-11T17:55:37+00:00


I wish for the deceased to be cremated, please allow time for the cause of death to be certain.

The crematorium will require:

  • An application form signed by the next of kin or executor.

  • Two certificates of cremation (the first signed by the deceased treating doctor and another signed by a doctor with no prior involvement for treatment, to the deceased).

  • A cremation form signed by the coroner (this applies if the death has been investigated by the coroner).

There will be a fee to pay each of the two doctors to sign the cremation certificate. If the death is being investigated the death by the corner and a requires post-mortem or opens an inquest, you will not need to get a signed cremation certificate. Instead, the coroner will give you a free certificate for cremation.

You or a person of your choice can make an appointment to view the certificates signed by the two doctors before the cremation, if you request this please tell the crematorium and give them your contact details.

When the cause of death is confirmed and the crematorium are satisfied, and all the forms are filled in correctly, the ‘medical referee’ will authorise the cremation by signing the form. If a problem shall arise, the medical referee can refuse the cremation and make a request for further enquiries, but must state a reason/reasons for doing so.

The Secretary of State will appoint a ‘medical referee’ to authorise all cremations in a crematorium.

If the person died outside England and Wales, see page 20.

It is important to clearly state to the funeral director or crematorium staff what you or the deceased, wishes to be do with the ashes once the ceremony has ended. If this is had not be stated clearly,  they will to contact you to discuss your/the deceased wishes to do with them. You may wish to scatter someone’s ashes in a garden of remembrance or their favourite place, bury them in a churchyard or cemetery, or you may wish to bury or scatter them on private land if you have the permission from the landowner, or you can keep them.

In the case of babies and very young children, there may be no ashes after a cremation. At some crematoriums, you may wish to arrange a memorial plaque, which you may be charged for.