What does direct cremation mean?
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Direct cremation is a simple cremation without a funeral service. An affordable, dignified disposal of the body that is fuss free and saves money on funeral costs. A direct cremation is usually unattended however the ashes are returned to family so they can say goodbye in a more relaxing environment.
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?
There are two main differences between cremation and direct cremation; cost and service. A traditional cremation has a funeral service held at the crematorium, so mourners attend. A direct cremation however has no service, therefore no attendees, which is why costs are much lower.