With a direct funeral plan the crematorium is chosen by the company providing the service which is how they are able to keep costs low. In the case of Pure Cremation, they are in the process of building their own state of the art crematorium which will be in place by December 2018.
Pure Cremation was founded by funeral directors in 2016 who on establishing a requirement for cremations without a funeral service, decided to specialise solely in direct cremations.
Unlike the majority of plan providers, they are one of the few companies that completely guarantees all of the cremation services included in their direct funeral plan. This includes the cremation and ministers fees as well as collection throughout England and Wales at any time of the day or night . Importantly they have their own team of experienced drivers who in addition to providing the collection service, also ‘hand deliver’ the ashes to the family, again free of charge.
When you buy a direct cremation plan your money is usually either placed in a life insurance plan or a trust fund.
With Pure Cremation, your money is placed in a trust fund which is a completely separate entity to the company. Therefore if anything were to happen to Pure Cremation, the trust fund with your money in it remains intact and ready to pay for your direct funeral services.
A direct cremation or direct funeral as it is also known is a simple cremation without a funeral service, therefore families and friends do not attend. Having said that some of the direct cremation plan providers do offer the facility for a specific number of people to attend the committal but you would need to pay more for this service.
For example Pure Cremation allow up to 10 people to attend the crematorium, currently for a fee of £200 which is payable at the time of need.
Please keep in mind though that direct funeral providers choose the location of the crematorium, therefore it may not be local to you.
If your direct funeral plan isn’t used, perhaps because the family change their mind, it can be cancelled and the money you have paid would be returned minus the administration fee.
No, viewing isn’t available with a direct funeral however you can agree a collection time with Pure Cremation that allows family time to visit prior to them arriving.
Direct cremation is a simple cremation with no funeral service and no one in attendance. Just the cremation process and then if requested, the ashes are returned to the family; so a much cheaper alternative to a more traditional funeral service.
If you would like to discuss arranging a direct cremation service, please call 0800 133 7656.
The cheapest funeral depends on the services you require, so opting for a cheaper simple coffin and no funeral service will reduce the price. Therefore a direct cremation could certainly be a low cost funeral option and possibly more affordable if you and your family are on a tight budget or just looking for a simple cremation.
You can actually be buried in your own back garden if you wish; it is legal but there are stipulations and your family may have difficulty in selling the property in the future.
Another option is donating your body to science; although there are no guarantees that your body will be accepted when the time comes, so you should also have an alternative plan in place to ensure the basic funeral costs are covered.
If you are thinking about services for yourself and want to cut funeral costs – it would be worth shopping around and looking at the different options in advance, as family’s are loathed to do this at the time of need and therefore may end up arranging a more costly funeral service than you would have perhaps wanted
Cremation costs which include cremation services with family in attendance at a crematorium vary depending on where you live in the country. Ranging from £600 to over £1,000, they currently average almost £800 across the UK, so it is a bit of a postcode lottery.
For direct cremation, some UK providers will charge you a fixed price as they use one crematorium. This means they have greater control over costs and are better equipped to offer low cost funerals.
Others will use local cremation services at a crematorium that's nearby, so fees may vary depending on where you live. Direct Cremation service providers will also use crematoriums at quieter times, which also cuts down on funeral costs.
Low cost cremations are offered nationally by some companies or you can approach a local funeral director to see if they offer this type of service. You can check this funeral directory for your nearest funeral director.
As always if you are paying in advance for funeral services, be it a traditional funeral or simple direct funeral, always check how your money is held; what happens if the company goes out of business and also what happens if you move.
Cremation tends to be the cheaper option but with burial it does depend on whether you already have a burial plot. Purchasing a burial plot can be costly and in some areas a more challenging option with prices for a burial plot ranging from £500 to £2,000 – higher as you may expect in London. Again the cost of a burial or cremation boils down to where you live.
Yes, some providers are now also offering prepaid direct funeral plans as an option for those looking at cheap funerals. So you can plan ahead and let your family know that this is your preferred option and that you have already taken care of everything so they don't have to.
We would recommend that you do talk to your family first though if this is your intention to ensure they are happy and understand why you prefer to choose a simple direct funeral.
A direct cremation is an alternative to a simple funeral. In basic terms it is just the cremation process but without the actual funeral service.
A funeral is the ceremony connected to the disposal of the body, often including appropriate cultures and traditions. Often people who refer to wanting a ‘simple funeral’ actual mean a traditional service but without any extras, such as flowers or perhaps only one service at the crematorium rather than a service at the church as well.
For others the idea of a low cost direct funeral without a service is their ideal choice when it comes to simple cremation options; either way hopefully this guide has helped you understand the difference. Alternatively if you would like to talk through the options and discuss your own individual needs, please call us on our free phone number 0800 133 7656.
Yes you can have a direct funeral in Scotland but as the law is slightly different, only certain providers offer this service.
Please contact us by email or call us on 0800 133 7656 and we can arrange to send you a more appropriate brochure.
If you prefer direct burial to direct cremation services, you would either need to speak with your local funeral director or you could speak to Respect as they offer a direct burial service at one of their woodland burial parks.