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Can I arrange a private cremation?

Yes, otherwise known as a private funeral, this service is available nationwide. At Simplicity we can help you arrange a private cremation for a loved one, from just £1,395.


What is a private cremation and what does 'private funeral' mean?

A private cremation is a funeral where a limited number of people, normally a small group of family and friends can attend. Unlike most funerals which are open to anyone that knew the person to attend, a private funeral is usually by invitation only.

At Simplicity, we refer to a private cremation as an Intimate Funeral. This provides a short funeral for up to 12 people to attend. You will be welcomed into the chapel at the crematorium for a few minutes of private reflection providing the chance to share a final few moments together and say goodbye.


Who is a private cremation for?

Many people do not wish for their family to spend thousands of pounds on their funeral. A private cremation allows you to give your loved one a dignified, respectful send off without the high price tag often associated with a full service funeral.

For those people who had a small family or group of friends, a traditional funeral does not make financial sense. For other families, it is simply too difficult to gather all of those who wish to attend the funeral on a specific date. A small funeral for those that can attend may be held, followed by a memorial or celebration of life at a later date and time, which will allow more time for those that would like to attend to make travel arrangements.

A private cremation is also appealing to those who don’t feel the need for a formal, ceremonial funeral service. An Intimate Funeral is a low key alternative that provides the opportunity for the family to pay their respects and witness the committal. 

Whatever the reason behind the choice for a private cremation, it does not mean that the farewell is any less heartfelt or meaningful. In fact, a private cremation can be a more personal affair for those that attend.


How much does a private cremation cost?

A private funeral with Simplicity costs significantly less than a traditional funeral. Organise an Intimate Funeral from £1,395.

The Intimate Funeral covers doctor’s fees, cremation fees, a simple coffin, collection from the place of rest and transport in a specialised funeral vehicle. The return of ashes in a simple container is also included as part of this funeral package. Learn more about our services.


How to arrange a private funeral

Arranging a private funeral with Simplicity is a simple, straightforward process. An Intimate Funeral can be arranged over the telephone, from the comfort of your own home. You will have access to our experienced arrangement team throughout the entire process, who will be able to help you with any decisions for the day. Unlike most traditional funerals, you will not need to meet with a Funeral Director.

For more information about our private funerals, see our step by step guide on how an Intimate Funeral works.


Is it possible to have a cremation without a service?

Yes, this is referred to as a direct cremation or cremation without ceremony.

A direct cremation is the simplest funeral option, ideal for those people who do not want a fuss when they are gone. A cremation will take place without the attendance of any mourners, supervised by a crematorium assistant.

Direct cremation provides the opportunity for you to celebrate your loved one’s life in your own way.  Many families hold a direct cremation, with a service or celebration of life at a time and place away from the crematorium.


Can I plan a private funeral for myself?

If you are looking for a private funeral for yourself in the future, a prepaid funeral plan might be for you. A funeral plan allows you to arrange and pay for your funeral in advance.

When the time comes, all it takes is one phone call to put the funeral plan into motion. We will bring you into our high quality mortuary facilities, where we will prepare and care for you until the date of the cremation.



If you’re not ready to purchase a plan yet, but you want to let your family know what you’d like when the time comes, then you can always share your wishes.

For help arranging a private cremation for a loved one or to plan ahead for your own private funeral, contact us today.


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