When a person is cremated in a Victorian Crematorium the whole coffin, inclusive of the person within, is cremated individually. The ashes fall into a tray whereby when cool, the ashes are removed and processed to remove any metal etc prior to being placed in a plastic box and returned to the family.
The only items removed from the coffin prior to being placed in the crematorium are metal coffin handles, and flowers. Crematorium staff never open the coffin; they record the details of the person being cremated from the name plate the Funeral Director is required by law to place on the coffin.
The misconception here is that ashes you get are mixed with other people cremated on that day. This is not the case Crematorium staff are professionals operating under strict procedures to ensure this does not happen.
Next week our team will document another common misconception. In meantime if you require the services of a Funeral Director, please don’t hesitate to call our team. We operate all across Melbourne through to Southern Gippsland, inclusive of Phillip Island and the Bass Coast.