Grieving daughter ends up eating dad’s ashes as wind ‘blows them back in face’

Two women ended up “eating” their dad after an emotional trip to scatter his ashes went hilariously wrong.

It started out as a solemn occasion when Belle Henry, 28, and Tyla Halls, 22, went to release the ashes of their late dad Mark into the Bristol Channel.

But they were left in hysterics when a huge gust of wind caught the ashes just as they threw them towards the water – causing Mark’s remains to fly back in Tyla's face.

She uploaded a video to TikTok showing her howling with laughter and shouting: "He went in my mouth!"

Mark Halls, 47, died suddenly on October 21 2020 and his daughters released his ashes a year on in his memory, behind Capstone Hill in North Devon.

NHS worker Belle said: "The video sums him up.

"He was brilliant, had a sense of humour, and he was so funny. He was a proper daddy bear.

"It was an emotional day.

"When the accident with the ashes happened it helped lighten the mood and we both walked away laughing.

"My sister Tyla is worried someone's going to see her as the girl that inhaled her dad. I think it's pretty funny"

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Louise Singer, from Bramcote Bereavement Services, explained that cremation is a complex process.

"There are so many myths about what happens at a crematorium. People think we resell the coffins or mix the ashes,” she said.

”Once the service is over, the crematorium team aims to burn the body within 24 hours, although the law allows them 72 hours.

"The first step is to check nothing has been left in the coffin that shouldn't be in there. It is also the last chance to make sure the deceased didn't have a pacemaker."

"If one of those exploded," Louise said, "it could lift one of the 20-tonne crematory machines several inches into the air.

The deceased are then wheeled into one of the two machines.. A gas-fuelled flame brings the temperature inside to up to between 800 and 1,000 degrees Celsius.

They get so hot that a machine turned off on Friday evening will still be around 300 degrees on Monday morning.

The body is burned for around 90 minutes with staff using a spy hole to check when it is finished – when there are no visible flames.

The crematorium, which cremates 3,000 people every year, also aims to use the heat from this gas to warm the centre.The ashes, which will by then will be like sand, are then collected with a rake and left to cool for an hour.

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