Image: The cremation process, 2

The cremation process, 2

Photos taken at Rookwood Gardens and crematorium 2000-2001 as part of the 'Death Rites' series.

James Barker
© James Barker


The casket is put into the top level of the cremator's chamber and then burnt. All ornaments and fittings are left on the casket, except the name plate. The fittings are burnt with the coffin as they are typically made of plastic. When the body is burnt, bones and calcium deposits drop through to the second level of the chamber.

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