An Unattended Funeral also referred to as a direct or unattended cremation, is ideal for those who would prefer a simpler funeral. An Unattended Funeral is different to a traditional funeral as there is no funeral service beforehand and no mourners present at the cremation. It gives you the chance to arrange a dignified and respectful funeral now - allowing you the opportunity to hold a memorial service or celebration of life at a later date so you can commemorate your loved one's life in a way that suits you and your family.
An Unattended Funeral is arranged with the help of our telephone-based arrangement team who are available 24/7 to ensure arranging your loved one's funeral is a simple and straightforward process.
- Your loved one will be collected from their place of rest a few days prior to the funeral and cared for in our high-quality mortuary facilities
- A Simplicity representative will contact you to help complete the necessary forms and paperwork to allow the cremation to go-ahead
- They will be taken directly to the crematorium on the day of the cremation in a specialised funeral vehicle.
- An unattended cremation takes place without a procession beforehand and without the attendance of any mourners
- Your loved one’s ashes will be scattered in our gardens of remembrance or can be returned to you upon request at additional cost
If you would like to plan ahead and arrange this type of funeral for yourself, please see our Lily Plan, which guarantees an unattended cremation anytime in the future, but at today's prices.
Our Unattended Funeral costs from just £995 and includes doctor's fees and cremation fees - something not all providers will cover - provision of a simple wood effect coffin^, collection from the place of rest a few days prior to cremation* and transportation in a specialised funeral vehicle.
Unattended Funeral - What's Included
Supervised by a qualified chapel attendant. An unattended cremation is ideal for those who do not want to have a service or ceremony prior to the cremation
Provision of a simple and respectful dark wood effect coffin with linings and fittings^
The ashes will be scattered in our gardens of remembrance or can be returned to you upon request at additional cost
Collection of the deceased and transportation on the day of the cremation in a specialised funeral vehicle
The flexibility to add on additional services as you wish
Should you require additional services, we can arrange these for you on the phone.
Return of ashes (within 4 weeks)
Ashes will be hand delivered in a simple container at a mutually agreed time Monday to Friday, AM (9am – 1pm) or PM (1pm – 5pm). This service is only available within mainland Great Britain. Please note while we do our very best to continue to provide services to you the return of ashes may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
A Simplicity wooden urn
Return of ashes in a wooden urn instead of a simple container
Bring the deceased straight into care
Should your loved one pass away at home, in a care home or in a hospice setting, we’ll take them directly to our mortuaries where we’ll care for and prepare them until the day of the cremation
Out of hours collection
Collection of the deceased outside of 9am-5pm on working weekdays
What's not included in our Unattended Funeral
Please refer to the Funeral Services Terms & Conditions for further information.
*We will usually bring your loved one into care a few days prior to cremation. Should they need to be collected straight away, an additional charge of £250 will be incurred to cover care in our quality mortuary facilities until the day of cremation.
^Please let us know if your loved one is heavier than 20 stone or taller than 6’7”, so we can provide a suitable coffin.
Arranging an Unattended Funeral is a simple, straightforward process. Here we've answered some of the most frequently asked questions.
Can I attend if I want to?
You cannot attend an Unattended Funeral. This type of funeral (a direct cremation) takes place without a service beforehand or 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 can attend) or Family Led Funeral (full capacity at the crematorium) will suit your needs better.
Where does an Unattended Funeral take place?
The cremation will be held at a CMG crematorium local to the deceased’s place of rest. We have access to over 45 crematoria nationwide.
You can find your local CMG crematorium using our crematorium finder.
When and how do I have to pay?
Full payment must be made over the phone by debit or credit card prior to us undertaking any services.
In which areas is an Unattended Funeral available?
An Unattended Funeral is available throughout the whole of mainland Great Britain including Scotland (this excludes Northern Ireland, Scottish Isles, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands).
Can I choose the date of the cremation?
Due to the direct nature of this service, you will not be able to choose a cremation date. We will book a cremation date for your loved one at a CMG crematorium local to the place of rest, at our earliest convenience. We will contact you to let you know when the cremation is complete.
PREPAID FUNERAL PLANS
Ensure your funeral is paid for and your wishes are known with a Prepaid Funeral Plan. We offer three simple funeral plans for those looking to make arrangements for their own funeral ahead of time, including an unattended cremation funeral plan from £1,495 or £15.97pcm.See our funeral plans
Our customer experience is very important to us and we strive to deliver a high quality service every time.
My wife had a direct cremation. Everything went smoothly. The surcharge for collecting from a residential property was a bit unwelcome, especially when combined with the out of hours surcharge due to Queen's Jubilee bank holidays. When phoning staff they were very helpful.
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Everyone we spoke to was so thoughtful, kind, considerate, knowledgeable and compassionate. They made us feel so looked after and individual not just another client. I cannot recommend them more highly. Wonderful service and pricing. Thank you all for making a horrid time bearable.
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I contacted Simplicity Cremations the day after my darling husband died. His wishes were for an unattended cremation, no hearse, no limousine with me and his children behind. He wanted no one to remember him in a coffin. From the moment I contacted Simplicity they were warm, reassuring and straightforward. Matthew's cremation was completely stress free and we now have our darling's ashes back at home and we will celebrate his life with all our friends and family soon. He was a young man of 54 and we will always remember him living and not at a funeral.
Having never dealt with anything like this before I felt very out of my depth and also in shock that one of my parents suddenly died. Simplicity talked me through the entire process and couldn’t have been any more helpful from beginning to end. They kept in contact over the weeks leading up the funeral and on hand for any questions or problems I had. I would definitely recommend them for their helpfulness and service.