At Burstows, everything we do we do to honour life. This is also reflected in the care and respect taken when we deal with a loved one throughout the cremation process.
Following the funeral service, the coffin is moved to the crematorium, located on the grounds of the TS Burstow Funeral Home.
Once accepted by crematorium staff the coffin remains sealed throughout the cremation process.
The cremation will generally be carried out on the same day as the funeral service but, in accordance with Health Department Regulations, can occur up to 48 hours later.
If the cremation is not to occur immediately, the coffin is held in a temperature controlled holding room.
When cremation is due to occur:
Cremators generally comprise of a main cremating chamber, a secondary air chamber and a holding chamber.
In accordance with Health Department Regulations, coffins must be cremated individually, in other words, only one coffin is ever placed inside the main cremation chamber at any one time. Likewise there may only be one body per coffin except in special circumstances which require permission from the Director General of Health.
At the completion of the main phase of the cremation process the cremated remains are moved into the holding chamber to finalise the cremation. Once finalised, the cremated remains are placed into a cooling container. When cooled, metallic contents (prostheses, coffin nails etc) are separated from the remains and disposed of in an appropriate manner.
The cremated remains are transferred to a processor to reduce the bone fragments to a fine granule type consistency which in turn is placed in a sealed container. the name plate and an identifying label are attached.
The container accommodates all of the cremated remains. In the unusual event that an ash container is insufficient to hold all of the ashes, an extra container is used.
Ash containers are held until instructions are received from the family or applicant. The ashes are then, subject to Health Department Regulations, dealt with according to the instruction given.
After a cremation, metals remaining range from nails, staples and fittings from the coffin/casket, through to orthopedic implants, jewellery and even dental implants. These are separated and collected for recycling by OrthoMetals.
OrthoMetals is a fully certified; family owned and operated business and take great care in the recycling of remaining metals for crematoria.
At their partner foundries, the sorted metals are smelted for re-use. None of the metals will be recognisably re-used for other purposes than the original purpose.
The metals are sold at intraday prices (precious metals) or market prices (non-ferrous and implants).
After deduction of OrthoMetals costs, most of the proceeds are returned to the crematoria.
Burstows choose to donate the full proceeds to charity and our current beneficiaries are:
The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation
Toowoomba Legacy Inc.