Cremations are arranged either directly through the Council’s sexton or through the families’ chosen funeral director, who will contact the sexton on your behalf.
Cremations take place at Aramoho Cemetery, Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm. Saturday cremations are available at an additional cost. Cremations outside of these hours are by arrangement and for an additional cost.
Because of the nature of the cremation process caskets must be made of combustible materials. Glass cannot be included in the casket because of the damage it causes to the cremator during heating.
When booking a cremation the family will need to give thought to the collection or interment of ashes. In general, ashes may be collected 24 hours after the cremation and within five days.
If the deceased’s representative wishes to arrange for an interment then either a cremation plot will need to be bought or an already owned plot can be used. If ashes are not collected they will be returned to the funeral director involved.
Alternatively, the ashes may be collected and scattered privately elsewhere. There is also the option of a plaque on the Memorial Wall to the rear of the chapel as a permanent marker for a loved one.
A Certificate of Cremation is available on request 24 hours after cremation.