A cremation certificate is a legal document that provides confirmation of the cremation of a deceased person. It is issued usually to the next of kin by the crematorium after the cremation process has been completed. It includes details such as the deceased person’s name, the date and time of the cremation and the location of the crematorium.
The certificate is typically provided to the person responsible for arranging the funeral or the executor of the deceased person’s estate. It serves as proof that the cremation has been carried out in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. A cremation certificate may be required for legal or administrative purposes like obtaining probate or closing the deceased person’s bank account.
If you have been given a cremation certificate be sure it includes the following information:
- The full name of the deceased person who was cremated.
- The date and time of the cremation.
- The location of the crematorium where the cremation took place.
- The name and address of the person who authorised the cremation.
- Any details of medical devices or implants that were removed prior to the cremation.
- Confirmation that the ashes have been collected by the designated person or returned to the executor of the deceased person’s estate.
- Name and contact details of the funeral director who arranged the cremation.
- Names of the witnesses who attended the cremation.