Skip to content Skip to footer

Cremation FAQs

This is a final disposition process through the burning of a deceased person. Cremation reduces the body to its basic elements and occurs in a specially designed furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. 

You must complete 6 forms by the applicant, attending Doctor, and Police (this may vary depending on the cause of death) as detailed below: 

Form A:must be completed by the applicant or family member. 

Form B:must be completed by the Divisional Police Headquarters in the district/area within which the person resided (the Police may use their own ‘B’ form if they so desire). Form B is the last form to be completed once all the others have been finalised. 

Form C:must be completed by the Physician issuing the Medical Cause of Death Certificate. 

  1. Addendum to Form C:This form must be completed by a second Medical Doctor, especially in the instance where a Post-Mortem was not done. 

Form E:must be signed by the Pathologist who carried out the post-mortem, in the instance, one was done. 

Form D:also called the Compliance Form, is completed by the Police Officer attending the cremation, whether in a crematorium or traditional site. This form is needed in the instance you are desirous of burying the cremains of your loved one after the cremation. 

Once these forms are completed, the applicant must copy all forms inclusive of Form B (which has not yet been completed)??. The applicant now has the original documents and a copy of the same in their possession. Additionally, the applicant must have in their possession his / her I.D., the deceased’s I.D., and one (1) copy of the Electronic (polymer) Death Certificate received from the Registrar of Births and Deaths District Office. The applicant then goes to the Police divisional headquarters in the district where the person lived and applies for the permit to cremate. 

Embalming is not required by law in Trinidad and Tobago. Embalming is a matter of sanitation and aids in the final presentation of the deceased (Honouree). Nevertheless, in cases of a deceased person’s body leaving or arriving in a country(repatriation & expatriation), embalming is required.  

This is not practiced. For safety purposes, doors and blinds remain closed. Requests to witness the actual cremation can be discussed during the planning process.  

Once the cremation has taken place, the cremated remains are removed and left to cool before being placed in an urn. The urn clearly identifies the remains of your loved one. This process usually takes 3 working days, however, for ritualistic purposes, cremains can be requested earlier.  

Yes. The identity of your loved one is checked by the Crematorium Attendant and Supervisor before being placed in the retort. The retort can only hold 1 coffin/casket at a time with rules that must be followed. This reduces the potential for error and ensures you receive the remains of your loved one.  

  • Only the applicant on Form B is authorised to collect the cremated remains. 
  • A valid identification will be needed to collect the cremated remains. 
  • Hours of collection are between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
  • An authorisation letter can be done to allow another family member to collect the cremated remains. However, they must walk with a copy of the applicant’s identification card as well as their own.  

The Belgroves Funeral Home Company Limited has distinct options available to you which include: 

  • Our Well of Remembrance where you can visit your loved one at any time. The fee for this would be explained by your Event Planner 
  • Pillar Urns, wall niches, or inurnment in our columbarium, can be purchased for interring the cremated remains of your loved one 
  • Keeping your loved one at home in an ornate urn that can be purchased or a clay urn that you will receive at no cost 
  • Scattering at sea, which our team can arrange for you 
  • Burying in an existing family grave or you can purchase one of the family crypts 
  • International Shipping of an Urn