This is a question you may have asked yourself: what happens to us after we die?

Ok, we can’t really answer that question for you.

But we can tell you what will happen immediately after you die, depending on what you choose to happen to your body.

Or those experts who want to shatter some myths can.

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A crematorium has opened to give us insight into the more physical aspects of death.

What happens when a body is cremated?

The team here say that after the service is complete, they aim to burn the body within 24 hours, although the law allows them 72 hours.

The first step is to check that nothing has been left in the coffin that shouldn’t be there. It is also the last chance to make sure that the deceased did not have a pacemaker.

If one of them exploded, it could lift crematoria weighing more than 20 tons seven inches into the air.

The deceased are then transported in one of the two machines.



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A gas powered flame brings the temperature inside to between 800 and 1000 ° C. It is so hot that a machine turned off on Friday evening will still be at 300 ° C on Monday morning.

If it is an individual part of the body that is burned (because it was needed for an autopsy or left for science), it is burned on its own, not along with other people’s organs.

The body is burned for around 90 minutes with staff using a spy hole to check when it’s finished – when there are no flames visible.




During this process, waste particles are sucked up and filtered to prevent mercury from dental fillings from entering the atmosphere.

The Bramcote Crematorium in Nottingham, which cremates 3,000 people each year, is also looking to use the heat from this gas to heat the center.

The ash, which should have the consistency of sand, is then collected with a rake and allowed to cool for an hour.

Chief agent Andy Hands said the final weight varies tremendously from person to person, mainly based on their bone density, but that he had heard that he was supposed to be roughly the same as his birth weight.

They are then placed in a machine that sieves them to remove any metal such as wedding rings or hip prostheses, which are sent to be recycled and the proceeds donated to charity.




Relatives then choose whether they want to scatter the ashes at the crematorium or take them elsewhere – some now choosing to have their loved ones tattooed or jewelry.

A form follows the body which must be signed at each step to avoid confusion and the basic cremation costs £ 687.

Basically it involves a lot of shapes, heat, and high speed sieving.

Breaking the myths about a crematorium

Louise Singer, director of municipal services at Bramcote Bereavement, said the purpose of the September 8 open house was to shatter myths about cremation.

She told Nottinghamshire Live: “There are so many myths about what goes on in a crematorium.

“People think we are reselling the coffins or mixing the ashes, so today is to show that we are transparent and that we care.

“We just want to reassure them throughout the process. We’re also finding that more and more people are planning their own funerals, choosing the chapel and the music, and they want to look around us.”

“It’s good to know what will happen to me”

More than a hundred people attended the crematorium’s open day.

Jackie Ellis, 60, of Bramcote, has already made arrangements for her own funeral, including cremation.

She said: “I’ve always been interested in this kind of thing. I’m going to be cremated so it’s good to know what will happen to me.”

Helen Barber, 54, of Toton, collected the ashes of her father Keith Jabbett, 88, and traveled to find out more about what happens after the service ends.

She said: “I think it’s a precious day. People might think it’s strange to come and some might not be able to cope, but I had no idea how it worked and it’s interesting to see. “


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