With this service family and friends can provide a comprehensive ceremony, usually lasting for one hour, to celebrate the life of the deceased person. While normally held in our main Chapel, a Full Service can also take place in our smaller Lounge, providing a more intimate farewell.
A Committal provides an opportunity for family to have a shorter service, approximately 30 minutes, wherein they can ‘commit’ the deceased person to, depending on religious beliefs, their deity or to the elements.
This 10-15 minute service provides opportunity for the immediate family to have a few final private moments alone to say goodbye to their loved one. It can take place in addition to a Full Service or Committal, which can be held either at Hamilton Park Cemetery or elsewhere, or can be used as an alternative to the longer services
This service provides the opportunity for family members to see their loved one’s casket enter the cremator. This service commonly occurs as part of several religious practices.
This is not a service; instead the term is used when the funeral director brings the deceased to the crematorium without the company of family or friends of the deceased. This normally occurs when a service has been held elsewhere or to honour the deceased’s wishes previously expressed to family to not ‘make a fuss’.
Sometimes families prefer to bring the deceased themselves to the cemetery. In these instances the Lounge will need to be booked as we do not permit public to go to the same area as funeral directors. Whether the delivery service fee will apply is dependent on if family decide last minute to stay a little longer to bid their farewells.
Once the casket arrives at the crematorium it is given a unique identifier number that will track it through our system.
At no time is the casket opened unless with the authority of and in the presence of the family or the funeral director acting on behalf of the family.
Cremation uses intense heat to reduce the body to bone ash and takes approximately one hour.
The ash is placed in a standard plastic urn, supplied by Council, and is securely packaged and labelled.
Please Note: Ashes are held at the cemetery for a maximum of two weeks, after which they are collected by either the family member whose name is recorded on the "Permission to Cremate" form, or the funeral director acting on behalf of the family. Photo identification is required for family members when collecting ashes from cemetery administration office. Please contact the office before coming so that we can arrange to have the ashes brought to the office in time for collection.
View more options at Ashes Interment and Memorial Specifications.
Where possible bookings should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Please contact a funeral director or the Hamilton Park Cemetery office to discuss booking times.
For cremation services, the last booking times – Monday to Saturday are:
Full Service (1 hour): 3.00pm See below for the explanation of each service type
Committal (30 minutes): 3.30pm
Delivery (15 minutes): 4.00pm
View Charge: 4.00pm
Private Cremation: 4.00pm