Direct Cremation means that the body is brought into the care of the funeral director and then taken from the funeral director to the crematorium without a service, or any friends or family in attendance. The ashes are then collected by friends or family at a later date. With a direct cremation, you are able to visit the person who has died in the funeral home and the time, date and location of cremation are decided by the funeral director.
People may choose a direct cremation if they do not want the ‘fuss’ of a funeral or because they don’t feel that they can relate to a traditional funeral. Others choose this option as they plan to hold a commemorative service later but have not yet made any firm decisions.
We recognise that people find meaning at different times and in different elements of the funeral process and that holding a funeral service is not the right thing for everyone. Some people may feel that they have found meaningful ritual at the time that someone died, or immediately thereafter. Equally, some people find it very helpful to create an event or ritual sometime after the funeral (sometimes called a “post funeral ritual”). This may involve ashes but many people also find their own way, such as placing a memorial bench, holding an annual dinner or day out or even renovating an old and much-loved piece of furniture.
Some are choosing direct cremation because it is perceived to be the cheapest option. Although this is often the case, it is also possible to plan an affordable funeral or cremation which is less restrictive. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss direct cremation, or anything else.
Once the cremation has taken place, you then decide what you would like to happen with the ashes. There are different options you can consider, some more traditional and others slightly more unique, which include:
Scattering at a favourite place – if you wish the ashes to be taken out of the country, please tell us so we can provide the relevant documents for you
Scattering them in the memorial garden at the crematorium – you may choose to be present or, if you prefer, crematorium staff can scatter them for you
Keeping them in your home in an urn – there are many beautiful ornamental urns which you could choose from
Burying them, perhaps with another member of the family who has died
Using a bio-urn to grow a tree from the ashes of a loved one
Having some or all of the ashes made into keepsakes such as jewellery, art pieces and wind chimes
Scattering ashes at sea (possibly in a water soluble urn)
Incorporating ashes into a firework display
Using the ashes within a Teddy Bear urn
Full Circle – Direct Cremation
£1,495 including third party costs
The Direct Cremation is a basic approach to final disposition (burial or cremation).
The Direct Cremation does not include a memorial ceremony or alternative celebration, but you are more than welcome to arrange one yourself if you decide that it is right for you.
Pick up the person that has died during office hours (there would be a charge for this to take place outside of these hours)
Arrange any viewings of the person that has died
Provide a coffin
Transport the person directly from our funeral home to a crematorium of our choice and arrange for a cremation at a time of our choosing (you will not be able to be present for the cremation)
Provide a container for the storing of the ashes, which you will need to collect from us
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