How common is cremation in Germany

Cremation in Germany

German law stipulates a waiting time of 48 hours before a cremation can be carried out. It goes without saying that the Memmingen crematorium adheres to these legal requirements.

The relatives can decide for themselves whether they want the funeral service to take place before or after the cremation. The family can also watch the coffin enter the furnace in the farewell room if they wish.

German law provides for compulsory cemeteries. This means that every deceased must be buried. This also applies to the ashes that are left over after a cremation. So she always has to be buried in an urn grave. The urn can, however, also be buried in a closed urn wall (columbarium). The ashes may also be entrusted to the lake.

In practice, it has been shown that relatives do not always take into account that after a cremation there are additional costs for the burial of the urn in an urn grave or a columbarium.

According to German law, a grave must be properly cared for. Of course, the grave maintenance is often taken over by the relatives. However, it can also be delegated to third parties. Since the rest times are different in all cemeteries in Germany, this means that in the case of an urn burial, instead of a columbarium burial, you are also responsible for ensuring that the grave is cared for by relatives or third parties for the duration of the rest period. If no one is there to take care of the grave, the urn can also be buried in an urn wall (columbarium) or in an anonymous urn grave.

For the deceased himself or for the relatives, the fact that a burial with the corresponding grave is more expensive than a cremation with a burial in a columbarium / anonymous urn grave is often another reason to decide for a cremation.