Cremation and Burial

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Cremation or Burial is a major question faced by friends and families after the passing of a loved one. There are a variety of reasons for both options and this is often one of the more difficult decisions to be made. Especially in the case of a burial, it is important to quickly make arrangements and then coordinate with the cemetary and Stan Crapp Funerals. Below, you will find information on both Cremations and Burials but if you have any questions or we can help in any way, please feel free to contact us.


Cremation is widely practiced around the world for funerals. While historically, open fires and large pyres were used by groups such as the Vikings, modern cremations are much more controlled and allow for the respectful departure of a loved one. If you are interested in more information on the history of cremations, you can visit the Australian Museum website.

A cremator is used which heats the inside chamber to a high enough temperature for burning the remains. This reduces the remains to only approximately 2-3kg, which is then traditionally placed into an urn.

In the past cremations have been quite a heavily pollutant option but advances in the last 3-4 years has meant that new cremation centers are quite environmentally friendly.

Mountain View Crematorium

Stan Crapp Funerals Kiama has recently established a partnership with a local crematorium, Mountain View Crematorium. The reason for this is the state of the art cremator available at their facility, locally situated in Unanderra.

What is special about their cremator is that it offers the least amount of environmental impact currently possible. For more information you visit this page, in which Mountain View Crematorium outlines their process and their standards.

While we recommend Mountain View Crematorium, the choice rests with the family and we will assist you.


Since the time of the Neanderthals there have been burials. Burials have typically taken place in one of two ways. Burial in the earth or burial in a crypt.

In Australia, burial is being overtaken by cremation in terms of popularity, though it remains a dignified and respected option. In the past common religions in Australia, such as Catholocism, did not allow for cremation but that has since changed. As has the population density of Australian cities. This has made burial a more difficult option but for many, it remains as their preferred final resting option.


Local Cemeteries

At Stan Crapp Funerals, we assist families in the process of a burial. If you have any questions you can always contact your funeral director or Stan Crap Funerals directly. Often, it is best practice to have previously arranged a burial plot or crypt with the local council. For more information on your local cemeteries, you can follow the links to the relevant local council:

Kiama, Jamberoo and Gerringong - Kiama Municipal Council

Nowra, Berry and Kangaroo Valley - Shoalhaven City Council

Shellharbour and Albion Park - Shellharbour City Council

Map of Local Cemeteries - Kiama, Nowra, Berry, Shellharbour
Map of Local Cemeteries - Kiama, Nowra, Berry, Shellharbour