What is a direct cremation?
Direct cremation is an affordable alternative to a traditional funeral that separates the committal and the ceremony. The body is cremated without any service at the crematorium, and usually without mourners present. Choosing direct cremation lets you decide how you want to remember your loved one.
Funeral without a service
A direct cremation is a valid, legal and increasingly popular alternative to a traditional funeral. The difference between this style of send-off and a traditional funeral is that there is no funeral service beforehand and usually no one present at the cremation.
An affordable price
Without a formal funeral or pre-funeral service, many of the costs associated with a traditional funeral are avoided, such as the hearse, limousines, order-of-service cards and flower arrangements. There is usually no viewing before the cremation either, which eliminates the need for embalming. Overall, direct cremation can save you money without compromising the level of care that is received.
The direct cremation company carries out the cremation, offering the same level of care and respect as the best local funeral director, but without the fuss and the big black cars.
The price reflects the very simple nature of a direct cremation service. You can save 60%* compared with the cost of a basic cremation service from a traditional undertaker.
*Sun Life Cost of Dying Report 2020
Celebration of life
By having the cremation without a funeral, you are free to arrange a truly personal send-off at a time and place that suits everyone. Direct cremation gives you the time to think about what you want to do, so you really can say goodbye your way. You could include all members of the family, from young children to family pets.