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Direct Cremation

Direct cremations provide an affordable alternative to a traditional, full service funeral, without compromising on the quality of care. It can be arranged with the minimum of fuss and includes the provision of a simple coffin, doctor's fees for medical papers, collection and care of the deceased and transportation to the crematorium in a specialised funeral vehicle.

What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is a contemporary choice for people who do not want a funeral service bound in tradition. It offers a low cost funeral that allows you to bid a respectful farewell in a simple and fuss-free way. Many families choose to hold a separate memorial event or celebration of life to commemorate the life of the person who has sadly passed away.

This means it is free of certain elements such as a minister, procession, limousines and pallbearers. It does not, however, mean that any corners are cut or the care that you and your loved one receive is in any way less than that of our usual high standards. 

Direct Cremation is typically the least expensive option as it can avoid the need for additional costs incurred in a traditional funeral service such as embalming, viewing of the deceased, the funeral service and additional transportation for the family or close friends.

What are the benefits of a direct cremation?

  • A direct cremation is cheaper than a traditional funeral
  • You can say farewell to your loved one in your own way, without being tied to tradition or ceremony
  • Your loved one receives a cremation carried out with professionalism and dignity
  • Without compromising on quality, it offers the same high standard of funeral care associated with the Dignity name

How does a direct cremation work?

A direct cremation involves no formal funeral service. It is usually unattended but, in the case of family-led funerals, can include a gathering of mourners. Price packages for the latter are based on the numbers attending. It is ideal if you want a small funeral, either because of cost or due to the wishes of your loved one.

A direct cremation includes:

  • Organising a doctor to complete the necessary paperwork
  • Collecting your loved one from the hospital, along with their preparation and care until the day of the funeral
  • Transportation to the crematorium in the funeral vehicle
  • Scattering of ashes in the gardens of remembrance or the safe return of ashes to the family upon request

To find out more about the direct cremation services we offer, see our Unattended Funeral service.

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