How to choose a funeral provider
Find out what to look out for to ensure you choose the right funeral provider for you.
What to look for in a funeral provider
A direct cremation, in short, is the collection, preparation and transportation of the deceased to the crematorium where the cremation will take place, often unattended. It is usually chosen as a low cost alternative to a traditional funeral although more and more people are choosing this option as they simply do not want any fuss or fanfare at their time of passing.
Unlike many direct cremation providers, our services also extend to offer two options of attended cremation.
A small, intimate funeral for up to 12 people to attend, with a short time in the chapel to reflect or a full-length service with a ceremony organised by the family, for an unlimited number of attendees.
Do they have the right mortuary facilities and transport?
There are many providers that will offer a direct cremation service, but they do not all operate to the same standards or include the same services.
To ensure that your loved one is treated with the utmost care and respect, we’d advise you to choose a funeral provider with an established history and the right facilities.
Many providers will only collect the deceased from a hospital or coroner’s with a significant charge to collect from anywhere else. This usually denotes a lack of facilities, nationwide or otherwise.
At Simplicity Cremations, we bring your loved one into care at one of our high quality mortuary facilities, where they will be prepared, dressed and cared for until the day of cremation.
We also ensure that our staff are professional and highly trained. We only use specialised vehicles for transportation.
What’s included in the funeral costs?
Is the cremation fee included?
This can be an extra cost of up to £500 if not.
Is the service available in your area?
Some providers do not operate within Scotland or outside of a certain radius. Our services are available throughout mainland Great Britain.
Are there extra fees for mileage?
There could be costs per mile added to your bill if the body is resting outside of a certain radius.
Are there charges for bariatric clients?
Bariatric clients often require larger coffins and specific facilities in order to accommodate their needs. You could be charged around £250 for this. Simplicity Cremations do not charge anything extra where a larger coffin is required.
Are doctor’s fees included?
These cost around £164 and many providers do not include these. We do.