We understand that, when preparing to say goodbye to your loved one, you may not always have all the information you need to help you through this process. Tributes has supported Funeral Directors and Crematoriums for over 25 years and we are proud of our reputation for quality and service as well as the experience and knowledge we have gained. We hope this page can help by providing you with some guidance at this difficult time.
Firstly, you should talk to your funeral director, as they can discuss with you the options they can provide for the afterlife care of your loved one.
Most funeral directors have a relationship with just one crematorium and they will let you know who they use. We would recommend that you spend some time researching the crematorium so that you can make an informed decision over which you prefer to use. If you decide to use a different crematorium from the one normally used by your funeral director it is important you let them know as soon as you can, as alternative arrangements may need to be made for the care and transportation of your loved one.
Crematoriums have considerable experience and will offer you a comprehensive afterlife care service. Most will have a private chapel of rest where you can take time to say your final goodbyes. They will often provide personalised services such as taking a hand print of your loved one hand or a lock of hair for you to keep.
Great care and respect is given during the cremation. After the cremation your loved ones ashes will be prepared and then placed into a sealed bag and then put into the urn, casket or memorial of your choice. Crematoria take great care with labelling and identification of each person throughout the process.
Most funeral directors offer a wide selection of urns, caskets and memorials for you to choose from and it is always best to purchase your urn choice from the funeral director who have provided the service to you. We provide a guide, on our website, to give you an idea of the types of urns that are likely to be suitable, but your funeral director are the experts in knowing the correct size of memorial for your loved ones ashes and we recommend that you seek their guidance. Please do not be concerned if the urn you have chosen is not in stock at the funeral director, or they do not normally carry it. Our delivery service is very fast and we can supply any item in our range. If you have any concerns about availability, you can always speak to one of us.
Some crematoria have cemeteries or gardens of remembrance, where you can choose to scatter your loved ones ashes and return to visit. You are allowed to scatter, or inter, your loved ones ashes in your own garden if you own your home, but you should speak to the relevant local authority for guidance if you wish to scatter your loved ones ashes in a public place, such as on their favourite place. Most public bodies such as a local authority or the Environment Agency will take a proportionate approach if it is not likely to cause any nuisance.
To find a funeral director that offers Tributes urns, memorials and coffins please use our Stockists page.
To find people who can help you through this difficult time, please see our Bereavement page.
If you’d like to, you can create a free online memorial to your loved one, along with a photo, on our Memorial Wall and can use this space to express your feelings or record your memories. You can visit the memorial at any time and “light a candle” by leaving new messages. You can also share your memorials with family & friends if you wish. Simply create an account (no purchase is necessary) and you can create as many memorials as you wish. You can see all your family memorials together on your own special Family Memorial Wall.