While we don’t get a lot of enquiries about cremating someone at home, it’s still something that some people have questions about. Continue reading to find out more about the legality and practicality of cremating someone at home or in the garden.

Can you cremate someone yourself?

Trying to cremate someone yourself would be a serious violation of a whole range of UK laws and regulations regarding the disposal of human remains. Even in the best-case scenario where the deceased in question specifically requests it in their will, you would still be breaking the law and be subject to a fine or a prison sentence.

In the UK, the law requires that cremations be carried out in licenced crematorium facilities that comply with strict health and sanitation codes, as well as meet environmental standards. These facilities must be approved by the Secretary of State.

There may also be further laws governing the handling and transportation of human remains that would be an issue in a DIY cremation. And of course any repatriation needs may require necessary permits and certificates to ensure that human remains are transported and treated under sanitary conditions while respecting human dignity at the same time.

To summarise: Attempting to cremate someone yourself or dispose of human remains in an unapproved manner can result in serious legal and health consequences, and will be considered a criminal offence.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about how to register their last wishes, visit our registration of wishes page.