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Arranging a funeral during the Coronavirus pandemic

Our cremation services are the ideal choice for families who would like to conduct a low-cost funeral now with limited or no attendees. You can organise a larger commemoration at a later date to celebrate your loved one's life in your own unique way if you wish.

Arranging a funeral during the Coronavirus pandemic

Our cremation services are the ideal choice for families who would like to conduct a low-cost funeral now with limited or no attendees. You can organise a larger commemoration at a later date to celebrate your loved one's life in your own unique way if you wish.

GUIDELINES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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Unlike many funeral providers, a Simplicity Cremation can be arranged entirely over the phone, so you’ll be able to arrange a funeral even if you are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You will not be required to visit a funeral home or have face-to-face interactions with a Funeral Director. To arrange a funeral, you can contact us via telephone or using our contact us form. Please be patient if we take a little while longer to answer the phone than normal, we are here for you and will speak to you as soon as we can. Our team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

BEFORE THE FUNERAL

First steps after the death of a loved one

As part of the arrangement process, a Simplicity funeral arranger will contact you to discuss the completion of any paperwork required for the cremation to go ahead.

Due to the direct nature of the service we provide, we do ask for payment by debit or credit card before we can undertake any services on your behalf.

Discovering the death

The first things you will need to do will depend on where your loved one passed away

Find out what to do immediately
Registering the death

You will need to register the death within five days from the date of death in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and eight days in Scotland. Currently, most registrations now taking place remotely, mainly by phone.

Registering the death
Bringing the deceased into our care

If your loved one died at home, in a hospital, care home or hospice, we will arrange for them to be brought into our care.

Find out more

YOUR FUNERAL CHOICES

Choosing a cremation service during the Coronavirus pandemic

We are doing all we can to continue to provide our full range of funeral packages in line with the most recent Government guidelines. As a result, the number of people that can attend our Intimate and Attended Funerals will be limited in some instances.

Our funeral packages still include cremation and doctor’s fees, a simple coffin, transportation of the deceased in a specialised vehicle and care at our quality mortuary facilities. They are the ideal choice for families who choose to conduct a low-cost funeral now with limited or no attendees. Many then choose to organise a larger commemoration at a later date to celebrate their loved one's life in their own unique way.


An Unattended Funeral provides a direct cremation, without a service beforehand and without any mourners present which is ideal for those who cannot attend the funeral due to coronavirus or do not want to attend the funeral for any other reasons.

Families often choose this option as it allows them the opportunity to arrange a celebration of life or memorial service at a time and place away from the crematorium, instead of a service at the crematorium.

  • Direct cremation with no mourners present
  • Hold your own service or arrange a memorial at a day, time and place to suit you after the cremation has taken place
  • Provision of a simple coffin
  • Doctor’s and cremation fees included

An Intimate Funeral provides a short time in the crematorium for up to 12 people* before the cremation, to reflect and say a few words. 

Upon your arrival at the crematorium, your loved one will be resting in the chapel. You will be welcomed into the chapel by a chapel attendant and have the opportunity to play a piece of music of your choice. This means you can have a dignified and respectful service now - time to spend with your family and with the coffin in the chapel to commemorate your loved one in your own unique way. The Intimate funeral may be an ideal option for those who wish to commemorate their loved one's life in a larger celebration later, when COVID-19 social distancing restrictions are relaxed.

*Some of our preferred crematoria have temporarily limited the number of attendees to 10 people. Please contact us for more information. 

  • Allows up to 12 people to spend a short time in the chapel to say a few words (this may be limited to 10 people at some crematoria due to government guidelines)
  • Held at a crematorium nearest to the place the deceased is resting

An Attended Funeral allows a larger group of people* a full-length service in the chapel, with a ceremony arranged by the family.

By choosing this option, you will benefit from a longer service slot in the chapel, allowing you to arrange a service similar to a traditional funeral. This means you can have a meaningful service - with music, time to spend with your family and with the coffin in the chapel to commemorate your loved one in your own unique way. This may be an ideal option for those who wish to commemorate their loved one's life in a larger celebration later, when COVID-19 social distancing restrictions are relaxed.

You will be responsible for arranging the funeral service, however, our team of arrangers will be here to guide you along the way.

Not sure where to start? Learn how to arrange a funeral service.

With the service carefully organised by you, we’ll focus on the practical elements of the cremation.

*Please note, some of our preferred crematoria have placed temporary restrictions on the number of people that can attend an Attended Funeral due to government guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us for more information. 

  • Allows an unlimited number of people to attend (please note, some of our preferred crematoria have placed temporary restrictions on the number of mourners)
  • Organise a family-led service
  • Held at a crematorium nearest to the place the deceased is resting, at an available time and date of your choice

The cremation date

The date of the funeral will depend on availability at the nominated crematoria. At present, there are no delays as a result of the Coronavirus, however this may change in the coming weeks. For Intimate and Attended Funerals, we are still able to offer some flexibility on timings.

Unattended FuneralWe will decide on the crematorium and the date of which your loved one’s Unattended Funeral will take place. You will be notified when the cremation is complete.

Intimate FuneralWe will contact you to arrange the date of an Intimate Funeral, at one of our preferred crematoria local to the place of rest. An Intimate Funeral can take place at 9am, any day between Tuesday-Friday.

Attended FuneralThere is more flexibility on date and time when choosing an Attended Funeral, as this is not restricted to a morning slot. We will contact you to discuss availability, at the crematorium local to the place of rest. As with all of our funerals, this will take place on a working weekday (Monday to Friday).

You can find your nearest crematorium here. Please use the postcode/location of where your loved one is resting to determine the crematorium at which the cremation for an attended service will take place.

READY TO ARRANGE A FUNERAL OR NEED ADVICE AROUND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?

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