Do I Get The Right Ashes?

Heart and Soul Funerals, part of Green Fuse Bereavement Care, asked Green Lane Films to make a documentary showing the cremation process. Green Fuse co-founder, Jane Morrell, gave Green Lane Films Director Emma Goude a clear brief – to reassure people that they get the right ashes. Many people, feeling vulnerable in their grief, are worried that a ‘factory’ style funeral could lead to them getting the ashes of someone else’s loved one. It is the most common question Jane gets asked. There is an urban myth that more often than not, people don’t actually get the right ashes.

WARNING: This video shows footage that some viewers might find disturbing.

The funeral process in the UK reflects our cultural fear of death.  The coffin disappears behind a curtain, rolling mechanically along. It is clinical and we don’t usually see the burning itself. This video shows what happens behind that curtain. It includes footage of an actual cremation: a coffin being charged into the furnace and the view through the spy glass of a burning body.

The crematorium technicians, even with their dark sense of humour, show great reverence for the responsibility they have been given. ‘Do I Get The Right Ashes’ is Green Lane Films’ most viewed video with over 600K hits on YouTube.

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5 thoughts on “Do I Get The Right Ashes?

  1. This was fantastic to watch. Thank you so much for sharing the process of cremation. This assures me of my choices after life.

  2. I still hold my husband ashes in my home can’t let go even after 4 years . I am so pleased to know for sure it is my mark in my home .thank you

  3. My late son Peter wasn’t creamated at your crematorium, even though it was very upsetting to watch a cremation taking place. It has reassured me knowing that the crematorium took great care of my late son Peter’s cremation two years ago, I was so pleased when they told me that I could collect my Peter’s ashes & bring him home even though it was very sad to do this

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