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What is a direct cremation?
Direct cremation, also referred to as a cremation without ceremony or an unattended funeral, is ideal for those who do not want a service or ceremony prior to the cremation.
Your loved one will be collected a few days before the funeral from their place of rest, and cared for in our high quality mortuary facilities before being taken directly to the crematorium on the day of the cremation, in a specialised funeral vehicle.
Unlike a traditional funeral, there is no procession, so no requirement for costly extras such as a hearse or limousines, and no funeral service or ceremony at the crematorium. A direct cremation usually takes place without the attendance of any mourners.
The direct nature of this service means that there is no embalming and no opportunity to view the deceased. We will provide a simple coffin, and your loved one will be dressed in a simple gown for cremation.
Following a direct cremation, the ashes will be scattered in our gardens of remembrance or can be returned to the family upon request, at an additional cost. If you are planning a memorial with the ashes present, please allow up to 6 weeks for the return of ashes.
How much does a direct cremation cost?
Direct cremation in the UK is one of the most affordable funeral options. You should expect to pay considerably less than the average traditional funeral you’d arrange with the assistance of a Funeral Director.
The cost will differ between providers, and not all packages will include the same services. Many providers will also only cover a specific locality, with additional fees outside of a specific radius.
A Simplicity Cremation costs £995 and is available throughout all of mainland Great Britain. The cost covers all of the necessary elements of the cremation, which includes:
- Doctor's fees for medical certificates
- Cremation fees
- Collection of the deceased from place of rest a few days prior to cremation*
- A simple wood effect coffin
- Transportation to the crematorium in a specialised funeral vehicle
*We can bring the deceased straight into care for an additional charge should they be resting outside of a hospital or coroners. This covers care in our quality mortuary facilities until the day of cremation.
Please consider that unlike a traditional funeral where the Funeral Director will invoice you after the funeral has taken place, the payment must be made in full before we can begin to make any arrangements.
How to choose a quality direct cremation provider
It’s important to do your research before choosing a direct cremation service provider, we’d recommend selecting a reputable company with the relevant knowledge, experience and facilities to carry out a respectful funeral for your loved one.
A low cost funeral should not mean substandard care. As part of the UK’s largest funeral group, we’re the only direct cremation provider that has its own staff, vehicles, mortuaries and crematoriums. Our nationwide network of facilities ensure a consistently high quality of care, teamed with decades of experience in conducting funerals.
When someone close to you dies, it can be an extremely stressful and emotional time. At Simplicity, we are dedicated to supporting people through what can be a difficult time. From the moment we collect your loved one to the moment the ashes are scattered in our gardens of remembrance or returned to you, every stage of the process is carried out with the utmost care. Our bereavement and advice counselling service is available 24 hours a day should you need it, something not all providers will offer.
As recognition to our high quality services, we were awarded Best Direct Cremation Provider in the 2018 Good Funeral Awards.
Can you attend a direct cremation?
A direct cremation does not usually offer any kind of funeral service or the presence of a minister or officiant, and usually takes place without the presence of any mourners.
If you’d prefer a funeral with the option to attend, you may find our intimate funeral (up to 12 people) or attended funeral (full capacity at the crematorium) will suit your needs better.
Why do people choose direct cremation?
A direct cremation suits those people that for whatever reason, do not want a funeral service at their own or their loved one’s funeral. There are a number of reasons an increasing number of people are choosing direct cremation, which may include:
A direct cremation is an affordable alternative to a traditional funeral
There are an increasing number of people looking for more affordable funeral options, although this is not always the driving factor for those that choose direct cremation. When cost is the reason, it's often because the deceased wished for the money that would have been spent on a traditional funeral to spent in a more meaningful way by their family
Your loved one expressed their wishes for a low key funeral
Some people really do not want a fuss when they are gone. Many people do not see the value in some of the ceremonial aspects such as a hearse, limousines or floral tributes and would prefer a simpler affair.
Your loved one did not wish for a funeral with a religious ceremony
We provide the cremation without any religious aspects. Should your loved one have wanted a religious service, you may wish to organise a memorial at a later date.
Family or friends of the deceased live far away
Distance can often make it hard for the family to travel to a funeral, particularly if they live abroad. It is easier to transport ashes abroad than to repatriate. Some people also choose direct cremation because as the next of kin, the responsibility to arrange the funeral has fallen to them, but they were not particularly close to the deceased.
You want to hold a celebration at a different time and place away from the crematorium
Many people opt for this kind of funeral in favour of holding a memorial or celebration of life in honour of their loved one at a later date.
Whatever your reason for choosing direct cremation, we will guide you through the entire process.
How to arrange a direct cremation
Arranging a direct cremation is a simple, straightforward process. Unlike a traditional funeral, you will not have to spend hours face to face with a funeral director.
Most of the arrangements can be made over the telephone by our expert team. Our local team will then meet you in person to sign the required paperwork, at a time and place convenient to you. The cremation will not be able to take place until the paperwork has been completed. From this point, we will take care of the process, keeping you informed every step of the way.
The funeral will take place at one of our preferred crematoria, at a time and place of our choice. We’ll let you know when the cremation has taken place. This may take a few weeks due to the capacity at the crematoria.
Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we’ll be here when you need us most.
Direct Cremation Prepaid Funeral Plans
If you like the sound of a direct cremation for yourself, you may be interested in a prepaid funeral plan.
Not only will this allow you to freeze the cost of your funeral at today’s price, but it will also alleviate your family from the stressful task of making your funeral arrangements when the time comes. They will simply need to call us and we will set the funeral plan into motion.
If you do not feel ready to purchase a plan, you may wish to complete our funeral wishes form and share it with a member of your family. This will let them know what you’d like when the time comes but doesn’t require any payment or arrangements. We’d advise you engage with family ahead of time as wills are no longer a reliable means of communicating funeral wishes.
If you’ve any further questions we’ve not answered as part of our guide to direct cremation, take a look at our frequently asked questions. Alternatively, send us a question via our contact us form or call us anytime on 0800 484 0260.
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