Cremation and interment
In Helsinki, cremation can take place in the crematoria in Malmi, Honkanummi, and Hietaniemi. If the cremation is to
be carried out in Malmi or Honkanummi it can be arranged through the central registry of the Parish Union of Helsinki,
with the Finnish Cremation Foundation responsible for cremations in the Hietaniemi Crematorium. Cremation is
carried out within a week of the service.
The central register arranges the time for interment of the ashes. Ashes can also be buried without an urn. Usually, only
the closest family attend the interment, under the guidance of an attendant. The family may invite the officiating minister
Prayers can be said at the graveside. Ministers and cemetery chapels give out brochures on interment with advice on
A similar moment for prayers can be held when a coffin is interred separately from the funeral service – for example,
when the grave is in a different town.
When the urn is placed in the Kallio church, the parish takes care of transporting it. Before the urn is taken to its final
resting place, prayers are said in front of a memorial altar.