Search results for "disposal of the body"

  • Body disposal - legal procedures

    Certain procedures must be carried out in order to dispose of a human body, including arranging for a funeral, certifying that a person is dead and what the cause of death was, as well as registering the death.

  • Preparing the body for disposal

    Find out how bodies are prepared, covered, stored, enclosed  and, finally, transported for disposal.

  • Disposing of the dead - Exposure

    Exposure of the body to the elements or to be consumed by animals achieves skeletonisation quickly and efficiently.

  • Disposing of the dead - an introduction

    The treatment of the dead through burial, cremation, preservation, and exposure of the body to carrion-feeders or the elements reflects a diversity of attitudes and beliefs about death and what it means. It is also a practical way of controlling the decomposition of the corpse.

  • Disposing of the dead - Cremation

    Cremation is the disposal of a corpse by fire. It is an ancient and widespread practice, second only to burial. Some ancient cultures believed that fire was a purifying agent, and that cremation would light the way of the deceased to another world, or to prevent the return of the dead.

  • Fridge, body storage


  • Burial, cremation or donation

    Bodies can be buried or cremated after death. Some people choose to be buried at sea, while others may donate their bodies to science. Find out the legal and other requirements for these different methods of body disposal.

  • Disposing of the dead - Preservation

    The earliest deliberately preserved bodies are those of the Chinchorro culture of northern Chile which date back about 7000 years. Today, the preserved bodies of famous political leaders, such as Lenin and Mao Tse Teung, demonstrate the continuing urge to defy death in some way.

  • Signs of death

    Among classical Greek and Roman societies the signs of death were the absence of a heartbeat and breathing, and the onset of putrefaction. In medieval times a candle was held to the mouth - a flicker of the candle was shown as a sign of life.

  • My options after death

    The options currently available to people in Australia after their deaths are burial (in the earth or water) and cremation. There are many variations on the type and cost of the container and the final destination for the body or ashes.

  • Privacy Management Plan

    The Australian Museum Privacy Management Plan.

  • Collecting the ashes


  • The cremation process, 3


  • The cremation process, 5


  • The cremation process, 4