What is a direct cremation?
Direct cremation is a simple cremation with no funeral ceremony and no mourners in attendance. The deceased is taken from the funeral directors to the crematorium, where the cremation takes place in a simple coffin.
Typically 60% cheaper than a traditional funeral, a direct funeral offers a low-cost alternative to those looking to save money and say good bye ‘their way’.
What happens at a direct cremation?
A direct cremation is a cremation with no funeral service. So there is no hearse or limousines, no expensive coffin, no viewing at the chapel of rest and no mourners. However, families can choose to attend the committal if they wish.
How direct cremation works:
- Your loved one is collected by the simple cremation funeral provider and cared for until the time of the cremation
- They complete the documentation required and provide guidance for the family
- The deceased is placed in a simple coffin and transported to the crematorium
- The crematorium, date and time of the cremation are usually chosen by the service provider
- The ashes are returned to family or scattered in the garden of remembrance
Is direct cremation a good idea?
Direct cremation could be a good idea if you want to save money on funeral costs and avoid the formality of a funeral service at the crematorium. However, a direct cremation may not be a good idea if your family aren’t happy with the prospect of such a simple cremation.
Which is why it’s important to speak to family before making your decision.
What's the difference between a traditional cremation and direct cremation?
The main difference between a traditional cremation and direct cremation is the funeral service. Whereas a traditional cremation funeral includes a service at the crematorium, a direct cremation is just a cremation with no service and no one in attendance.