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Cremation or incineration

La cremationalso known asincinerationis a funeral process in which the body of a deceased person is burned and reduced to ashes.usually carried out in a crematorium.

In the canton of Vaud, we have 2 crematoria, one in Lausanne and the other in Aigle.

In Switzerland, cremation has become the funeral rite of choice for almost 90% of the deceased. This trend is set to continue growing in the years ahead. Visit Pompes Funèbres Cassar are here to answer all your questions about this ritual and its process.

But why the growing preference for cremation? In addition to the lifting of the ban by the Catholic Church in 1963, a number of other factors have contributed to this increase, including the mobility of families and changes in traditions, beliefs and mentalities.

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What to do with the ashes after cremation?

There are several options available to families:

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Steps involved in cremation

Before cremation
As with burial, the cremation or incineration of a body must take place no earlier than 48 hours and no later than six days after the date of death. It is possible to bring forward or postpone this date by requesting a declaration of advancement or delay from the doctor who certified the death.

Obtaining the necessary authorisations for the cremation of a loved one involves a number of essential documents, including :

After cremation
A cremation report is issued by the crematorium. On this document, a number incineration corresponding to the identity of the deceased. This same number is inscribed on the plaque that accompanies the ashes.

The steps to be taken also depend on the desired destination of the ashes:


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What do the ashes contain?

The residues from cremation are the calcareous parts of the bones. In practice, cremation takes place at a temperature of 900°C, in an apparatus with a strong supply of fresh air to enable combustion. The wood of the coffin, the clothes, the flesh - everything is transformed into gas or dust, which is evacuated with the fumes. At the end of the process, only the uncalcined remains of the bones remain, in the form of larger or smaller but recognisable fragments. To facilitate dispersal, the crematorium crushes these mortal remains.

Between death and cremation, the Pompes Funèbres Cassar take care of all the administrative formalities for you. In fact, all our staff attach great importance to being personally available to bereaved families, to giving them quality attention and a sympathetic ear, and to emphasising the human dimension of their work. As a result, you are spared all the hassle of dealing with the bereaved and can live through your bereavement with greater peace of mind.

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