What is cremation?

Cremation is the conversion of a body to ashes. Under this process the body and coffin are placed into a special kiln (known as a cremator) and burned at temperatures of up to 900 degrees celsius. This reduces the body to ashes which are then placed in a special urn. The family may then choose to inter (bury) these ashes according to the wishes of the deceased.

Cremation is an increasingly popular choice in Australia. Each cremation is done individually and takes place in one of our purpose built crematoriums located at Altona Memorial Park, Fawkner Memorial Park and Lilydale Memorial Park.

What happens to the cremated remains?

To commemorate the life of a loved one cremated remains can be buried, placed in a special place at one of our locations (a cremated remains memorial), placed on display in an urn, scattered - or any combination of these options. The choice is yours.

What memorial options are available?

Across our locations we offer a wide variety of cremated remains memorial options. Below is a description of some of the memorial options available.

Rose Memorials

For many the beauty of roses has special significance. Across our locations there are a variety of Rose Memorial options providing for single, companion or family memorials (usually allowing for up to four placements).

Rose Memorials are available at our following locations:

  • Altona Memorial Park
  • Anderson's Creek Cemetery
  • Fawkner Memorial Park
  • Keilor Cemetery
  • Lilydale Memorial Park
  • Preston Cemetery
  • Werribee Cemetery 
  • Williamstown Cemetery 
Garden Memorials

A contemporary alternative to a traditional Wall Niche, a Garden Memorial combines the symbolism of a living memorial with the peace of mind of an interment. Garden Memorials allow for cremated remains to be placed in a garden bed behind the memorial plaque. Garden Memorials are usually available for single or companion placements.

Garden Memorials are available at our following locations:

  • Altona Memorial Park
  • Anderson's Creek Cemetery
  • Emerald Cemetery
  • Fawkner Memorial Park
  • Healesville Cemetery
  • Keilor Cemetery
  • Lilydale Memorial Park
  • Templestowe Cemetery
  • Werribee Cemetery 
  • Williamstown Cemetery
  • Yarra Glen Cemetery
Tree Memorials

Representing the seasons of life, a Tree Memorial is an everlasting, always changing remembrance. Individual dedications and family groupings of up to four can be made around a special tree.

Tree Memorials are available at Fawkner Memorial Park.

Boulder Memorials

Symbolic of endurance and an everlasting spiritual life, Boulder Memorials are usually available in single, companion or family settings. Positioned individually or in garden beds, this style of memorial is an excellent choice for those wanting to create an enduring commemoration.

Boulder Memorials are available at our following locations:

  • Altona Memorial Park
  • Anderson's Creek Cemetery
  • Fawkner Memorial Park
  • Keilor Cemetery
Wall Niche

Perhaps the most traditional and popular of all cremation memorials, the clean lines and construction of Wall Niches combines style and security. Available in single and companion positions, each Wall Niche is fronted by a plaque - safely securing the cremated remains housed within.

Wall Niche are available at our following locations:

  • Altona Memorial Park
  • Anderson's Creek Cemetery
  • Burwood Cemetery
  • Fawkner Memorial Park
  • Lilydale Lawn Cemetery
  • Preston Cemetery
  • Templestowe Cemetery
  • Werribee Cemetery 
Columbarium

Choosing cremation also has its place within our Mausoleums. Inside the serene environment of our mausoleums, urns can be placed securely on display in a Columbarium. Finished in the finest materials, our Columbarium are a fitting resting place for a cherished life.

Columbarium memorials are available at our following locations:

  • Fawkner Memorial Park
  • Werribee Cemetery 

Need help?

Our Client Services Consultants are here to help you through this process. Please either email us at enquiries@gmct.com.au or call one of our locations to make an appointment.