Video of Cremation Process ‘Do I Get The Right Ashes?’

Heart and Soul Funerals part of Green Fuse Bereavement Care asked me to make a film for their website showing the cremation process.  They run celebrant training courses and as part of the course they take their students to a crematorium in Plymouth where they get the most amazing guided tour.

Jane Morrell, from Green Fuse, gave me a clear brief – to make a film that reassured people that they got the right ashes.  Many people, feeling vulnerable in their grief, are worried that a ‘factory’ funeral could lead to them getting the ashes of someone else’s loved one.  So this video is edited to show how fool proof the process is.

The funeral process in the UK reflects our cultural fear of death.  I’ve been to cremations and the coffin disappears behind a curtain, rolling mechanically along to some cheesey music.  It’s clinical and we don’t see the actual cremation.  This video shows what happens behind the curtain.  It shows actual footage of a cremation, a coffin being charged into the furnace and the view through the spy glass.

I’ve seen bodies being burned on the Ganges in Varanasi but for this film, I got up close.  I didn’t feel squeamish but I’m sure it would have been entirely different if I had known the person being cremated.  The crematorium technicians, even with their dark sense of humour, show great reverence for the responsibility they are being given.


5 thoughts on “Video of Cremation Process ‘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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