Old Cemetery
Old Burial Ground
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   Phone: 429-3372
   Email:  administracion@cementeriobritanico.pe
   Mobile:     998173196
Frequent Questions

 1) Ground Burials.
 2) Cremations.
 3) Why Cremation?
 4) Which religions do not allow Cremation?
 5) What is the Procedure?
 6) What is the Cost?
 7) How does the Cremation take place?


The British Cemetery Association was conceived to provide Funeral Services for British citizens and their descendents. Subsequently, these services were extended to citizens of European and other countries, hence the large variety of religions and beliefs covered. Nowadays, the British Cemetery is open to anyone willing to agree to preserve its formality and tradition.
Its beautiful large gardens are an ideal resting place for loved ones. To choose the site you prefer (in either the Old or the New Cemetery), all you need to do is approach our offices and request the information you require.
At present, the graves have a capacity for three (3) coffins and four (4) cinerary urns.

Perhaps the first and most well-known cremation is detailed in the book of Genesis, when God ordered Abraham to prepare a funeral pyre for the sacrifice of his son Isaac. This cremation was followed by reports in other parts of the Old and New Testaments, as during the times of the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations, cremation was the method generally used for the disposal of the dead. Modern cremation procedures began in Great Britain in 1874. Now there are more than 200 crematoriums operating in Great Britain, this being the method chosen to dispose of about 56% of the dead.

Apart from the financial aspect, given that cremation is much more economical than traditional ground burials or niches, it is worth considering the hygienic and aesthetic aspects as well. At present, cemeteries are extraordinary sites occupying very valuable land that could easily be used by those who are still living. The ideal is a beautiful memorial park full of flowers and trees where loved ones' ashes can be placed in small wall niches or simply buried or scattered among the roses. Alternatively, the ashes can be taken to the deceased person's garden where they can remain forever in the place he/she spent endless hours of happiness. What is cremation, after all? It is no more than the acceleration of an inevitable process whereby the human body is transformed into dust.

The following religions do not allow cremation:
- Greek Orthodox
- Islam
- Jewish Orthodox
- Muslim
- Parsees
- Russian Orthodox
- Zoroastrian
Cremation is permitted by all other religions.

The operation of the crematorium currently owned by the British Cemetery is controlled by the Callao Health Region, in accordance with the laws currently in force.
The procedure is relatively simple and can be completed in a short time. It involves completing and signing a form and taking the seals to the Political Authority of Callao, the Coroner and the General Medical Director of the Callao Health Region.
The forms can be obtained from the British Cemetery offices.

The cost of a cremation is considerably lower than the cost of a ground burial or perpetual niche. Furthermore, the cost of the coffin for a cremation must also be inexpensive, as the construction must be as simple as possible, without any metal ornaments or accessories.
The cinerary urns can be acquired from the British Cemetery office at a nominal cost and there are niches available for families who wish to use them.

The coffin is placed on a platform in the Cemetery Chapel for the religious and perpetuation ceremony. Once the ceremony is over, the coffin automatically slides through a curtained opening to the crematorium.
The cremation process takes approximately two hours, depending on the characteristics of the coffin and the body.

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