Report of the National Cremation Investigation by Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC

Investigation findings and recommendations following an investigation across crematoria in Scotland who did not routinely return ashes to families following the cremation of infants.

Annex Footnotes

1 The term "ashes" used in this context is discussed in Section 6

2 Compact and cancellous bone is also known as cortical (compact) and trabecular (cancellous) bone.

3 Deciduous teeth are commonly referred to as "milk teeth"

4 The infant concerned suffered from a medical condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy

5 Bass and Jantz looked only at individuals older aged older than 17 years

6 Funeral Directors who have offices in London and who also specialise in international repatriations. Mr Amato informed me that their infant coffins are generally made of MDF which is a dense material. If the coffin is made from chipboard it will be lighter (amount unspecified). If a casket it used then it will be twice the weight of a coffin even if it is made of the same material (Amato, pers comm.).

7 The calculator is lent in good faith by the FFMA and is also available through subscription via the FFMA web site.

8 This is standard practice at Hull Crematorium


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