Should I be buried or cremated?
This can be a very emotional choice for your family. As you may have a personal preference, pre-planning or talking with your family and friends before death can relieve them of this responsibility.
Some people have a preference based upon their religious beliefs or customs. Others make their decision based on financial reasons. Whatever the reason for your preference, it is usually best to advise others of your preference or to plan your funeral in advance.
There are two elements to any burial: the land and the interment.
The fee for the land is paid once. An interment fee is usually paid for each time a coffin or casket is interred into that site. These fees are determined by individual cemeteries.
Common options for burial include lawn graves, monumental graves and mausoleums.
Many families have an existing family grave that they wish to use for subsequent burials. If you have such a grave, be aware that there may be physical limitations on how the grave is used.
For example, certain coffins and caskets to do not fit into some older graves. In particular, if a coffin or casket is oversize, you may not be able to use your family grave. Always check with the cemetery to determine if the grave will meet your requirements.
If a burial site has yet to be selected, we can help you by providing information on cemeteries and their specific requirements. You may also choose to visit the cemetery yourself to select a specific grave.
Because each grave and cemetery is so different, we recommend that you talk with your cemetery to find an appropriate mason to help with your monument.
Cremation is an alternative form of disposition to burial. Cremated remains are returned to the family for you to decide whether to memorialise them, scatter them, or keep them.
Approximately 50% of families who have funerals with Nelson Bros select cremation.
What do families select?
Many families select a single service at our funeral home, followed by refreshments in our spacious reception rooms. They find no need to travel to a separate committal service at the crematorium when the cremation itself may not even happen that day.
What happens to the coffin or casket?
The coffin or casket is cremated with the body. This includes the handles and nameplates. When metals or plastics are exposed to the high temperature of a cremator, they naturally fuse with other surrounding materials.
Can cremated remains be scattered?
With consent of the property owner, cremated remains may be scattered on privately owned property. Some people may wish to have cremated remains scattered at public sports grounds, gardens or clubs. You should always check with the organisation first before scattering cremated remains.
Remember that scattering is not always practical for all concerned. Some families find the process traumatic. Also, later generations of the family may be disappointed they do not have a permanent place to pay tribute.
Can families witness the cremation?
Most crematoria have an area where immediate family may witness the cremation. Please advise us at the time of the funeral arrangement so we can organise this for you with the crematorium.
Is cremation socially and theologically accepted?
Yes, most religious faiths accept cremation.
The Catholic Church does allow a person to be cremated. Preferably the cremation should take place after the funeral liturgy. The symbolism of the liturgy, the sprinkling with water, the clothing with the pall, is more meaningful if the body is present. The Church urges us to treat the cremated remains with respect. If possible, we should inter the remains in a grave, mausoleum or columbarium. (Source: Catholic Australia)
Who operates each Crematorium?
All Crematoria in Victoria are run by Trusts, with trustees appointed by the State Government. Currently there are no private crematoria in our State, unlike other parts of Australia.
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- Altona Memorial Park(03) 9362 6677
- Avoca Cemetery(03) 5465 3142Ballarat General Cemetery(03) 5332 4772Barrabool Hills Cemetery(03) 5221 1077Berwick Cemetery(03) 9769 5975Boroondara General Cemetery(03) 9853 7025Box Hill Cemetery(03) 9890 1229Brighton Cemetery(03) 9578 5525Bulla Public Cemetery(03) 9205 2241Bunurong Memorial Park(03) 9788 9488Burwood Cemetery(03) 9808 1554Cathcart CemeteryCheltenham Memorial Park(03) 9742 8123Cheltenham Pioneers Cemetery(03) 9583 5814Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery(03) 9355 3199Cranbourne Cemetery Trust(03) 5996 5300Dandenong Public Cemetery(03) 8558 8278Dromana Cemetery(03) 5950 1284Elaine Cemetery0407 811 830Eltham Cemetery(03) 9432 1963Fawkner Crematorium & Memorial Park(03) 9355 3100Footscray Cemetery(03) 9688 0299Frankston Memorial Park (Cemetery)(03) 9784 1813Geelong Memorial Park(03) 5221 1077Gisborne Cemetery5428 8478Kangaroo Ground Cemetery(03) 9712 0311Keilor Cemetery(03) 9331 5926Kilmore Cemetery(03) 5782 1079Kyneton Cemetery(03) 5422 6455Lancefield Cemetery0407 690 259Leongatha Cemetery03 5662 4811Lilydale Memorial Park & Cemetery(03) 9739 6244Linton Cemetery(03) 5344 7276Maddingley Cemetery(03) 5367 2077Maldon CemeteryMelbourne General Cemetery(03) 9349 3014Melton Cemetery(03) 9747 7200Mornington Cemetery(03) 5950 1284Northern Memorial Park(03) 9355 3100Northern Memorial Park(03) 9355 3100Preston General Cemetery(03) 9496 1066Rothwell (Little River) Cemetery(03) 5283 1393Rye Cemetery Trust(03) 5985 1343Sorrento Cemetery0407 099052Springvale Botancial Cemetery(03) 8558 8278St. Kilda Cemetery(03) 9349 3014Sunbury Public Cemetery(03) 9205 2200Templestowe Cemetery & Memorial Park(03) 9846 1741Truganina Public Cemetery(03) 9742 0777Warracknabeal Cemetery(03) 5398 1691Warrandyte (Andersons Creek) Cemetery(03) 9844 3850Warringal Public Cemetery(03) 9490 4222Werribee Cemetery(03) 9742 8123Williamstown Public Cemetery(03) 9314 7822Yan Yean Public Cemetery(03) 9716 2619Planning a Funeral MenuOnline MemorialsPlanning AheadImmediate Assistance
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