Why Choose Direct Cremation? | Funeral Partners

Direct cremation has increased in popularity over recent years and has become a favourable alternative to a traditional funeral. The no-fuss nature of a direct cremation is appealing to those who want a discreet, low-cost send-off without any elaborate extras.

What is direct cremation?

A direct cremation is a standalone cremation with no funeral service, memorial, ceremony, or attendees. It is a simplified, fuss-free alternative that allows friends and family to hold their own celebration of their loved one, on their own timeline.

How does it work?

This process is direct and simplifies the funeral process. The funeral director arranges the transportation of your loved one from the funeral home to the crematorium. Following the cremation, the ashes can be returned to the family and a memorial can be arranged on their own terms (if that is what they wish).

Though a direct cremation is less involved than a funeral service, it doesn’t happen immediately after your loved one has passed. The death must be registered along with the completion of relevant paperwork. With this in mind, the cremation will likely take place a week or two after your loved one’s passing.

What does it include?

Typically, a direct cremation will not allow any attendees including friends and family. However, additional services can be added to accommodate your families wishes.

The funeral director will arrange a direct cremation without the involvement of family and friends. The date and time of the cremation will depend on the crematorium’s availability and is not for the family to decide.

Like a traditional funeral service, the funeral director is responsible for:

  • Can assist with the necessary paperwork.
  • Caring for your loved one up until their cremation.
  • Preparing your loved one for cremation.
  • Organising your loved one’s transportation to the crematorium.
  • The safe return of your loved one’s ashes (upon request).

How much does it cost?

Direct cremation costs vary depending on your location and the funeral provider you go with; cheaper providers start at £1000 and others providing a more substantial service at £1500. It is important to check what is included in the cost before committing to a price, as there could be additional fees. Funeral Partners provide this service with the same dignity and respect, as a traditional funeral, offering our support and guidance at every stage.  

Why choose direct cremation?

  • A direct cremation is significantly cheaper than the cost of a funeral. There is no need to pay for venue hire, embalming procedures, floral tributes, expensive coffins, and the additional extras a funeral service requires.
  • Planning funerals can be stressful. A direct cremation takes this burden away from family members and allows them time to say goodbye to their loved one on their own timeline.
  • Some people find it hard to relate to traditional funerals. Some would prefer to arrange a memorial for their loved one, to give them a special send-off that’s more personal to them.

What are the disadvantages of a direct cremation?

  • A direct cremation isn’t the right choice for everyone. Your loved one’s wishes may conflict with what feels right for those left behind. Finding the balance between what sits well with all the family members and respecting a loved one’s wishes can be difficult.
  • There is no viewing before the cremation which can be hard for friends and family to take. However, some funeral providers offer cremation services that will allow a small number of guests inside the crematorium.
  • Mourners cannot gather to share in a funeral service which can impact the grieving process. Funerals bring a sense of mental closure and enable us to express grief in a positive way.

Is a direct cremation right for you and your loved one?

Deciding whether a direct cremation is right for your loved one can be difficult. There are lots of things to take into consideration and it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons. Planning ahead and taking your time to read up on direct cremation can help the process, giving you peace of mind when the time comes.

To discuss your requirements, please contact your local funeral home.

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