Because we provide a direct cremation the family has a choice as to whether their loved one stays in their home or if they prefer for us look after them.
We can very easily arrange for the person to stay in their own home until the cremation. But if this is not possible we are able to keep the person with us. However please note that we do not offer viewing at our place.
We can discuss this aspect at the time with the family to do as they want. There is no need to make a decision beforehand and if they change their mind we will do what they wish.
Although we do not embalm there is plenty of time to organise things; which takes a day on average. There is no panic, no rush. The funeral / cremation process at this stage tends to happen quickly regardless.
Our handling of the person is minimal and in some ways people feel it is more respectful. We do not re-dress the loved one, but sometimes families like to do this themselves and we can support them in this. Otherwise the loved one is placed in the coffin in the clothes they died in.
When we place the person in the coffin we have specific cooling sheets we use that help keep preserve the person. They worked very well, even on the hottest days. We use something called Techni-ice which is highly recommended for their long life, reusability, absence of off-gassing or condensation, size versatility, and ease of use.
The sheets stay effective up to 3-4 hours when used beneath and on top of a cooling body. As the body cools, the time of effectiveness lengthens until, in many cases, it is no longer required. Each sheet can be replaced as necessary with very little disturbance. This can be done by us or the family if they wish.
Throughout this process our focus is allowing families to be a real part of the process as they farewell their loved one. They decide how much they want to be involved. Death is a natural part of life and the family having the choice to do things as they wish is important to us.
We carefully place the loved one in the coffin using a white cremation sheet wrapped around them. If the family wish to they can may like to comb the hair and wash the face of the person. They may like to use a pillow and blankets as well. Also they can decorate the casket. Again, this is completely up to each family to decide for themselves.
Our aim is to work individually with each family as each family has different and specific needs. So the family has a huge say in everything we do.