What is a direct cremation?

April 11, 2022 

A direct cremation is simply a cremation without a funeral service. 

It’s a low-cost, alternative to a traditional funeral that allows people to say their goodbye away from a crematorium or burial site, at a time and place that’s personal.

*These statistics are from the SunLife Cost of Dying 2022 Report

There’s lots of reasons for more people choosing this way of celebrating their life: 

1. Covid-19 has played a huge part in the future of funerals. More families have chosen direct cremations because of restrictions as it’s let them to have a celebration of life with loved ones once they were able to

2. More people are wanting something that is simple and fuss-free 

3. Means families don’t face large costs that come with organising a traditional  funeral 

4. Takes the burden away from loved ones. As there’s no service to plan, it means they can simply focus on celebrating their life in a way that’s personal and unique 

Arranging a direct cremation is a simple and straightforward process. As it’s an unattended cremation, it’s free of the more traditional elements of a funeral like a pre-ceremony, procession with hearse, limousines for the family and pallbearers. 

Just like with a burial or cremation, it’s important to choose a funeral provider that is not only knowledgeable about direct cremations but has customers’ best interests at heart.  

At One Life, we take care of arranging the practical elements of the funeral, so that families can remember a loved one’s life in a way that suits their family.  

You and your family can rest assured that we will treat you with the utmost care from the moment you arrange your funeral with us, right until your family needs us. 

So, what else do you need to know?

How much will I pay for a direct cremation?

A direct cremation typically costs less than a traditional funeral, as many of the costly elements associated with a service aren’t included. 

At One Life, a prepaid direct cremation will cost £1,495*. We can also help families who are looking to arrange a funeral today for £995. 

Our affordable direct cremation services are straightforward and easy to arrange. It takes one 30-minute phone call with our knowledgeable team and everything will be in place and ready for your family when they need it. 

You should also know that our unattended funeral is available through mainland Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

Whether you need a funeral now, or in the future you can feel comforted knowing that  the plan includes all of the practicalities of a funeral. 

If you’d like to find out more, speak to our team on 0333 399 9399. 

Should I choose a direct cremation?

That really depends on what kind of send-off you imagine for yourself. For lots of people a celebration of life suits them as it offers a low cost alternative, is fuss-free and allows for a more unique goodbye. 

A direct cremation is usually for: 

1. Someone wanting a cheaper send off. It allows for a very simple funeral meaning the loved ones may be able to spend the money on doing something memorable to celebrate the life of the person who has passed 

2. Those who don’t like the thought of their family going through the stress that typically comes with arranging, paying for and attending a traditional funeral 

3. People who pass away with little close family, or relatives who live far away and are unable to attend a funeral service

Remember that although a direct cremation is an unattended service, it doesn’t stop you from holding a farewell ceremony or memorial service. What it does do, is give loved ones the flexibility in how, where and when they celebrate the life of them. 

Can my loved ones attend my direct cremation? 

An unattended service means that unfortunately there are no mourners. If you are wanting a service where your family can attend, it may be better for you to choose a more traditional burial or cremation service.

A One Life Direct Cremation plan

Deciding how you want your loved ones to celebrate your life isn’t easy but can be a decision worth making to make things a little easier on your family. 

Putting a plan in place will help ensure your wishes are honoured when the time comes, and relieves your family from stressful funeral arrangements. 

We offer a direct cremation plan from £1,495 or £22.19 per month*. No matter how much the price of funerals may increase, we guarantee to cover the cost of the services chosen in your plan. 

We also can help families at their time of need with a direct cremation for £995. 

*£1495 is the cost of a direct cremation including the £200 discount. Offer ends 30 June 2022. £22.19 a month is based on a direct cremation paid over 120 months. Payment plans over 12 months incur a 2.88% instalment fee per annum.

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