News

REVEALED: What people want cremated with them

FROM travelling overseas with the ashes of your mother to perhaps never collecting them, there are no limits in the crematorium industry.

With death an inevitable part of life, Gladstone Valley Funerals funeral director Adele Hughes is lifting the misconceptions and erasing the taboo about what really happens in a crematorium.

"We've had people who wanted to put a stubbie in with dad ... others put in other people's ashes," Ms Hughes said.

Ms Hughes said cigarettes in the top pockets of shirts, knitting needles, pens, crossword books, children's drawings and any mementos are often cremated along with the dead person.

"We can't put things that explode, like glass, because it will damage the (chamber)," she said.

END OF THE LINE: Those working in a local crematorium reveal how differently each of us deals with the inevitable, death.
END OF THE LINE: Those working in a local crematorium reveal how differently each of us deals with the inevitable, death.

Funeral assistant Cilla O'Hare said she had even seen people put remote controls in the coffins because "dad liked to channel surf".

The most common misconception about cremations was people thinking their loved ones were removed from the coffin to be cremated, Ms Hughes said.

The funeral director said the deceased remain in their coffins and were cremated with their belongings as long as it was safe to do so.

"I think it goes back to the war years ... and big gas chambers ... where they cremated more than one at a time," Ms Hughes said.

"But it's built to size. More than one coffin wouldn't fit, it's only one at a time."

The cremation process is computerised.

Crematoriums use gas, and the length of time it takes to cremate a person, depends on the size of the body and bone mass.

"People often ask how long it takes to be cremated ... the bigger bones don't cremate down," Ms Hughes said.

Although most family members collect the ashes in their own time, some ashes don't ever get collected.

Ms Hughes said they had about 50 "long term residents" which would remain at the funeral home until they were collected.

When Ms Hughes took over, she said she inherited between 20 and 30 sets of ashes, meaning they've been there for at least 20 years.

"Most families take them ... but you'll find those who don't, have moved on and left Gladstone, or are waiting for their partners so both sets of ashes can be together," she said.

For 2016 there were 136 cremations at Boyne Island's crematorium and 70 burials, making the method 70% more popular than a burial, according to Ms Hughes.

"I think it's the cleanliness and being able to take loved ones home ... you can do anything with the ashes," she said.

One woman was travelling around the world when her mother died and Ms Hughes said she got her cremated and took the ashes the rest of the way with her.

"One woman takes her husband (ashes) overseas and goes through airport security with him," she said.

Death is an all year round inevitable event, but there were peak times of the year including during winter, with the elderly, Ms Hughes said.

"We like to make the funeral as much about the person who's died as possible and encourage it to be as personal as possible," Ms Hughes said.

Topics:  cremation death funeral general-seniors-news gladstone gladstone region wellbeing



8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blueprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

GALLERY: Lives changed as gala kicks off Gatsby-style

Gala fans (from left) Andy Le, Tuyen Tran, Gwen and Richard Watt, Bec Hunt, Wes Espulso and Sandy Mason.

Check out all the action in our gallery of the event!

Man punched, hit by car in brazen assault

Police car. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

A man and woman will face court after an assault on Saturday arvo.

Teen 'lying on road' struck by car

Reviewed safety procedures rolled out to paramedics in the wake of a series of attacks have been so far well-received, according to their union.

He was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Local Partners

King Judah through to The Voice grand final

NOT even losing his speaking voice through illness could stop the Laidley singer from performing tonight.

The top 10 TV shows that need to end

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in a scene from season five of House of Cards.

It’s now time to cull some of our favourites

Prince Harry reveals he wanted to leave the royal family

Prince Harry was the center of attention during his trip to Sydney.

Prince Harry has revealed he “wanted out” as a Royal

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix when the new taxes kick in.

The new taxes from July 1 won’t hurt the MPs’ big pay rise

What's on the small screen this week

Ryan Shelton in a scene from True Story with Hamish & Andy.

HAMISH and Andy hear another funny story and Cleverman returns.

Bonus Bill Busters Bingo card with today's paper!

Get an extra bingo car with today's paper.

Don't miss out on your bonus card.

Gateway to $3 billion, 4800 home new Coast city opens

The start of Peter Crosby Way at Sippy Downs, the northern access into the Harmony master-planned community at Palmview.

Palmview's $3b master-planned community of Harmony

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Grass is greener for Warwick real estate

Warwick's rural charm and affordable property prices are enticing buyers from Brisbane.

Quality houses for half the price of Brisbane attracting interest

Builders relish Coast's growing construction rates

The Coast's average house price has risen from by more than $10,000 in the past three years to $507,100.

House numbers and values are rising on the Coast

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!