Intimate Funeral: Step by Step Guide
Our Intimate Funeral provides a short, simple service for a small group of family and friends, from £1,395. This allows for a few minutes of private reflection and the chance to say goodbye.
Visit our Intimate Funeral page for information on what’s included in this funeral package or read on for a step by step guide of how this type of funeral works.
STEP ONE: CONTACT US
You can call us on 0800 484 0260 or complete a contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We will take the key information that we need to start the arrangements and answer any questions you may have. We will ask you during the initial call where your loved one is resting.
If your loved one is resting at a hospital, we will always bring them into care a few days before cremation to prepare them in our quality mortuary facilities. We will liaise directly with the hospital to arrange this.
If your loved one is resting outside of a hospital or coroners and you’d like them brought into care sooner there is an additional charge of £250. This covers care in our quality mortuary facilities until the day of the cremation. We will telephone you to arrange for your loved one’s collection.
Please note, full payment will be required over the phone by debit or credit card before we can undertake any services.
We will confirm everything with you by email.
STEP TWO: COMPLETION OF PAPERWORK
A Simplicity representative will meet you to help complete all of the necessary forms and paperwork to allow the cremation to take place.
STEP THREE: REGISTER THE DEATH
You will also need to register the death, as a copy of the death certificate is required before the cremation can take place. A death needs to be registered within 5 days in England and Wales, and within 8 days in Scotland. Find out more about how to register a death.
STEP FOUR: BOOKING THE CREMATION DATE
Once we have received the relevant paperwork, we will be in touch to arrange the date and location of the cremation and discuss any music requests or short readings. The funeral will take place at 9am.
STEP FIVE: THE CREMATION
Your loved one will be placed in a simple coffin* and transported to the crematorium in a specialised funeral vehicle by our funeral personnel and placed in the chapel before the attendees arrive. The crematorium assistant will play a piece of music of your choice. Up to 12 people will have a few moments in the chapel for private reflection before the committal takes place.
There will be no procession beforehand.
*Please advise us if your loved one weighs more than 20 stone or is taller than 6’7”, so we can provide a suitable coffin.
STEP SIX: THE ASHES
A Simplicity representative will contact you to arrange for the delivery of ashes to you. We aim to return the ashes within four weeks of the cremation date. The ashes can be scattered in our gardens of remembrance if you would prefer.
Your instructions for the ashes will be confirmed on the paperwork you sign for the crematorium.