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Cremation

Image of a crematoriumCremation is an alternative to burial when someone dies. All Christian denominations and most other religious sects around the world permit cremation. Some religions (for example, Orthodox Judaism and Islam) do not.
There are four crematoria (that is, four separate crematoriums) in Ireland, three of which are located in Dublin and the fourth is in Cork.
Should you wish to arrange a cremation you should contact a Corrigan & Sons who will ensure that the statutory (or legal) requirements are met. Before cremation, forms must be signed by a medical referee who must be satisfied that the attending doctor has seen the body before and after the death, completed the medical certificate and the necessary form stating that there is no reason why the body should not be cremated. The attending doctor is required to examine whether or not the death should be notified to the coroner.
There may be difficulties arranging an immediate cremation if the cause of death is unclear. A coroner may, complete a Coroner's Cremation Certificate which will allow the cremation to go ahead.

Services

Similar to burials, it is usual to hold an appropriate service in your local church or place of worship. The coffin is then removed to the chapel in the crematorium grounds, where a short committal service takes place (similar to that at the graveside). The mourners take their seats in the chapel. The coffin is then brought into the chapel and the service begins. At the end of the service, the coffin is moved into the committal room and the mourners leave.
The form of the service depends on the religion of the deceased.  You can make other other arrangements however if you wish.

At the Crematorium

After the committal service the coffin is taken from the committal room to the crematorium building. The body, along with the coffin, is cremated on the same day as the service. Crematorium regulations require that only combustible materials are used in the manufacture of coffins for use in cremation.  The Code of Cremation Practice requires that the coffin is placed in the cremator in exactly the same condition as that in which it arrived at the crematorium.
Only one coffin is cremated at a time. The only exceptions to this are in cases where it is requested that both coffins are cremated together; for example a mother and baby, or twin children.

The Ashes

The ashes are usually available 48 hours after the cremation. You can make arrangements through Corrigan & Sons or the crematorium for the remains to be buried in the crematorium's Garden of Remembrance or placed in a niche in a Columbarium Wall, if there is one. (A columbarium wall is a structure containing small spaces where you can place cremated remains in urns, etc.).
Alternatively, the ashes can be collected in an urn. You can then bury the remains in the family grave or disperse them. If the dispersal is not on private ground, permission should be obtained from the appropriate authority, for example, the local authority.

Glasnevin Crematorium

Glasnevin Cemetery
Finglas Road
Glasnevin
Dublin 11
IRELAND
Tel: (01) 830 5211

Mount Jerome Crematorium

Mount Jerome
Harolds Cross
Dublin 6
IRELAND
Tel: (01) 497 1269

Newlands Cross Crematorium

Ballymount Road
Clondalkin
Dublin 24
IRELAND
Tel: (01) 459 2288

Island Crematorium

Rocky Island
Ringaskiddy
Cork
IRELAND
Tel: (021) 486 4000

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