What is a direct cremation?
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Direct cremation is a simple cremation without a funeral service. A dignified, fuss free, unattended cremation at the crematorium that’s typically 60% cheaper than the average funeral service. Once the body has been cremated, the ashes are returned to family or scattered at the crematoriums garden of remembrance.
How does direct cremation work?
Direct Cremation or direct funeral as it is also known is a simple, low cost alternative to a traditional funeral, suitable for those looking to save money and avoid the upset of funeral service. Here’s how cremation without a funeral works:
- The deceased is collected by the company arranging the direct funeral
- They are taken back to their premises and cared for until the time of the cremation
- The death is registered by the family
- The service provider completes the paperwork legally required for a UK cremation
- The deceased is placed in a simple coffin and transported to the crematorium
- Cremation takes place. The crematorium, date and time of cremation are chosen by the company
- The ashes are either scattered at the crematorium garden of remembrance or returned to family – whichever you prefer
What's the difference between cremation and direct cremation?
The main difference between cremation and direct cremation is the service. With a traditional cremation, a service is held at the crematorium for friends and family to attend. With direct cremation, there is no cremation service and no attendees. The deceased is simply collected, cremated and the ashes returned to family.