The question, does the coffin get cremated with the body is one that is frequently asked. The answer is however very straightforward: yes it does. People who work in the funeral industry often wonder why people would need to ask the question. There are so many reasons why burning the body without a coffin would be entirely impossible.
Some people feel compelled to ask the question of if the coffin gets burned, as they see such ornate coffins that cost many thousands of pounds at a funeral service. Surely it would be a waste to burn something so precious? There are indeed some companies who will rent out caskets and coffins for a funeral service, the body then being transferred to a simple coffin for cremation. This actually is not very common in the UK, and is more commonly found across America.
The reason that this is not a very common practice in the UK is that once the body enters the coffin, the coffin is sealed. This means that transferal of the body to another coffin for burning is indeed impossible. In the UK, the body will be sealed in the coffin, with clothes, jewellery, and more. Once the cremation has taken place, metal objects are removed from the cremated remains with a strong magnet.
The intense heat used during the cremation process means that only remains that will not combust will be left over after the process. Asides the bones, this can include false hips, dental implants, and the metal screws from the coffin itself. These metal objects are removed with magnets, the bone matter then being crushed to form the granular powder that is known as the ashes. The ashes are what the family will receive back from the funeral director once the process is complete.
When preparing the body of the deceased for cremation, it is advised that jewellery such as wedding rings is removed. As much as you may like the deceased to keep everything with them, metal will not combust and it will be removed after the process of cremation is complete. It is therefore a better idea all round to use a memory box where you can keep jewellery that can then be passed down to the next family generation.
Cremation is more popular than traditional burial in many parts of the UK, as cemeteries are overfull and plots are extremely expensive. To ensure you keep down the cost of your own funeral you should take out a funeral plan that will pay for your service and burial. Planning your own burial or cremation is not something that anyone likes to do, but it is something that everyone should plan. Whether you choose a traditional burial, a natural burial, or a cremation, the expenses can always be covered when you take out a funeral insurance plan.