If you are planning on arranging a cremation without a funeral director, please contact the crematorium office on 01843 577333.
The following information will give you a guideline of points to consider.
The date and time of funeral must be booked a minimum of three days (to allow time for the statutory paperwork to be completed) in advance with the Crematorium Office and paid for in full. If paying by cheque, the cheque will need to clear through Thanet District Council’s accounting system, prior to the cremation taking place.
You will be required to provide five sets of forms when booking a cremation. Some of these forms should be completed by the applicant for cremation, i.e. the deceased next of kin or executor.
Preliminary Application for Cremation
This form allows crematorium staff to carry out preliminary checks to ensure no errors have been made when booking the date and time of the funeral, provides information regarding ministers conducting the service and music requirements and is also confirms the suitability of the coffin for cremation (over page). This form is available from the crematorium office and will need to be signed by the applicant for the cremation.
Disposal of Cremated Remains
This form indicates the applicant’s wishes regarding the final disposal of the cremated remains of the deceased. Again this should be signed by the applicant for the cremation. Options for dispersal of cremated remains can be found in the Thanet Crematorium brochure.
Cremation Form 1
This form details information regarding the deceased and should be completed and signed by the applicant for cremation.
Cremation Forms 4 and 5
Arrangements should be made for Forms ‘Cremation 4 and 5’ (Doctor’s papers) to be completed by Medical Practitioners. These are Statutory documents and General Practitioners and hospitals will have these available for the required doctors to complete. Please note – There will be fees payable to the surgeries/ hospitals for completion of these forms; these fees should be paid directly to them.
Cremation Forms 4 and 5 are not required if H.M. Coroner is issuing a Cremation Form 6. If cremation forms 4 and 5 are required, these should be delivered either in person or by post in a sealed Medical forms envelope, addressed to the medical referee at Thanet Crematorium.
Cremation forms 4 and 5 are usually released at the same time as the body of the deceased, you must ensure you meet the requirements of the institution releasing the body, i.e. identification, have suitable transport to transport the deceased and suitable facilities to house the deceased until the time of cremation. You should check with the institution that you meet their requirements prior to booking a funeral time to avoid any delays at a later stage.
You will need to register the death at a Registry Office. The Registrar’s green certificate must be handed to the Crematorium office. This certificate will not be required if H.M. Coroner is issuing a Cremation Form 6.
** IMPORTANT Application – Cremation Form 1,
Cremation forms 4 and 5, and the Registration Certificate must be delivered to the Crematorium at least three full working days before the agreed funeral date to allow the medical referee to complete their checks and sign the Cremation Form 10 allowing the cremation to take place.
Arrange for a coffin suitable for cremation. This should have a solid base to allow the coffin to be placed in the cremator, please refer to The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities, document “Instructions to Funeral Directors” or the Secretary of State’s Process Guidance Note 5/2, for crematoria, where item 6.10 refers for the suitability of a coffin for cremation.
The coffin must be clearly labelled with the deceased name, to enable crematorium staff to complete required identification checks.
The coffin is required to be lined with “crem film” for Health and Safety purposes. The deceased may be dressed in “natural fibre” clothing, however no shoes or any other items should be placed in the coffin. This is a legal requirement, as per the environmental agencies that closely monitor the computer generated emissions results given by each cremation; if there are items in the coffin which are prohibited, the emissions reading will show this, thus resulting in possible action being taken against the applicant for the cremation. By signing The Preliminary Application for Cremation, the Applicant for Cremation is signing to accept the terms and conditions stated in 1 and 2 above.
Arrange for the collection and transportation of the deceased to the Crematorium for the allocated date and time.
Arrange for a minister or person to conduct the service, if required. Please note – there are likely to be fees payable for this which should be arranged directly with the person.
Decide on the format of the service, it is usual to have service sheets for mourners to follow and to include favourite hymns or music in the service. The service time is a maximum of 20 minutes and this should be taken into account when planning the service
Arrange for an adequate number of bearers (usually four for an adult cremation) to convey the coffin from vehicle to Chapel catafalque.
If the cremated remains are to be taken away from the Crematorium, arrangements must be made for collection. If a representative of the applicant is to collect the cremated remains, the applicant must inform this office in person of the name of the chosen representative who will be required to produce identification prior to the cremated remains being released by the Cremation Authority. Permalink