Questions about cremation

Are any ashes left after the cremation of a baby?

Most crematoria will have a modified procedure designed to minimise the potential for the small amount of ash being lost within a cremator. Some of the modifications to the procedure that are employed are:

  • turbulence within the cremation chamber is reduced
  • the use of a metal tray on which the small coffin is placed helps to protect the ash
  • careful placement within the cremation chamber

There may be some instances where it has not been possible to recover any ash, however these are minimal. You can ask your local crematorium about their process and success rate in recovering ashes from the cremations of babies.