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Direct cremation costs

A direct cremation costs on average £1,626* in the UK.

A Simplicity direct cremation costs from just £995 and includes transportation of the deceased in a specialised funeral vehicle, preparation for cremation in our mortuary facilities, a simple coffin, cremation fees and doctor's fees - and is available throughout the whole of mainland Great Britain.

Direct cremation costs are significantly less than a traditional funeral. If you're looking for a low cost funeral option for a loved one or yourself in the future, a direct cremation may be for you.


What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation, also referred to as a direct funeral or cremation without ceremony, provides a simple alternative to a traditional funeral. A direct cremation usually takes place without the presence of any mourners and is ideal for those who do not want to have a service or ceremony prior to the cremation. If you'd like to learn more about this type of cremation, read our Direct Cremation Guide.


How much does a direct cremation cost?

A direct cremation costs on average £1,626*, up to £2,230 less than the average cremation cost** with a more traditional funeral. A direct cremation is one of the most affordable funeral options in the UK. A direct cremation does not usually include the ceremonial and often unnecessary elements of a funeral, including a funeral service, a procession, the provision of a hearse, viewing of the deceased or embalming; removing these elements allows providers to offer a respectful, dignified funeral for much less than a traditional funeral.

At Simplicity, our direct cremation costs from £995, and includes all of the essential elements of a cremation. Our funerals are arranged over the phone by our team of professional funeral arrangers without any face-to-face interaction with a funeral director, allowing us to provide substantial cost savings compared to a traditional funeral.

Our direct cremation cost includes:

- cremation fees
- provision of a simple coffin
- doctor’s fees 
- collection of your loved one a few days prior to the cremation from anywhere within mainland Great Britain^
- transportation of the deceased in a specialised funeral vehicle
- preparation at our quality mortuary facilities
- 24/7 support from our team of telephone-based funeral arrangers

^Should your loved one need to be brought into care sooner than within working hours (for example, if they are resting outside of a hospital or coroners), an additional charge will be incurred to cover the additional care in our quality mortuary facilities until the day of the cremation.

Should collection be required outside of working hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm), an additional fee will be charged.

The ashes will be respectfully scattered in our gardens of remembrance or can be returned to you in a simple container at an additional cost, within 6 weeks of the cremation taking place.

Please consider that unlike a traditional funeral where you are often invoiced after the funeral has taken place, direct cremation costs will need to be paid before the cremation can take place.


Direct cremation services available throughout all of mainland Great Britain

When it comes to the final cost of a direct cremation, some providers will charge extra for mileage fees, bariatric care and doctor’s fees so you should be sure to check if there are any additional costs at the time of arrangement.

Our direct cremation costs remain the same no matter where in mainland Great Britain you live. This is different to many providers who only offer their funeral services within a specific region or add mileage fees to conduct funerals outside of a certain radius.

We won’t charge you extra if a bariatric coffin is required, but we do ask that you advise us at the time of arrangement if your loved one weighs more than 20 stone or is taller than 6’7” so we can arrange for a suitable coffin.

Whilst our direct cremation costs are considerably less than the average funeral, rest assured you and your loved one will receive the highest level of care. Our nationwide network of facilities ensures a consistently high quality of service. As part of one of the UK’s most respected funeral groups, we’re the only truly nationwide direct cremation provider that has its own staff, specialised vehicles, mortuaries and crematoria.

As recognition of our high standards of service, we were awarded Best Direct Cremation Provider in the 2018 Good Funeral Awards.


We also offer direct cremations that you can attend

We appreciate that an unattended direct cremation will not suit everyone, which is why we offer low cost cremations with the option for mourners to attend.

If you and a small number of people would like to attend a cremation without a full service, our Intimate Funeral allows a short time in the chapel for up to 12 people, to reflect or say a few words.

If you’d prefer something a little closer to a traditional funeral, our Attended Funeral allows a full length service with a ceremony led by the family. Our Attended Funeral will take place at a crematoria local to the place of rest, and allows you to choose an available date and time on a working weekday that suits you and your family. Our team of funeral professionals can assist you with the running order of the day, from music to any readings or eulogies, to the closing of the ceremony. They can also provide advice on engaging with the services of a minister or officiant if you wish.

Both options include the return of ashes at no additional cost.

Our Intimate Funeral costs just £1,395 and our Attended Funeral service starts at £1,895.

Learn more about our funeral prices.


Prepaid direct cremation costs

With the average cost of cremation now £3,858 in the UK, and rising every year, many people are now planning ahead to cover their own funeral costs with a prepaid funeral plan.

At Simplicity, our prepaid direct cremation plan covers everything you will need for a direct cremation anytime in the future. Whenever the time comes, there will be no more for your family to pay for the services covered in your plan. Our prepaid direct cremation plan costs just £1,495 if paid in a lump sum or in instalments within 12 months, we also offer flexible payment options allowing you to spread the cover over a duration that suits you.

Along with a prepaid direct cremation, we also offer prepaid funerals with the option for mourners to attend. Learn more about our Prepaid Funeral Plans.

Anyone over the age of 50 is guaranteed to be accepted for a Prepaid Funeral Plan with Simplicity.


We also offer direct cremations that you can attend

If you'd like to know more about the cost of a direct cremation or to arrange a respectful direct cremation for your loved one, contact us today.

We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so we’ll be here when you need us.


*The average cost of a direct cremation in the UK is £1,626 according to the SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2020

**The average cost of a cremation in the UK is currently £3,858 according to the SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2020

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