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Can You Attend a Direct Funeral?

People can’t choose when to die, but they can choose how they want to leave this world. Some will opt for a direct funeral, where the burial or cremation is performed directly without any services and memorials. 

This also means no family members can attend the burial or cremation. Still, as a family usually wants to pay respects, some funeral providers allow for a last goodbye and short speech before committal.

Why People Opt for Direct Funerals

People opt for direct funerals when they want a discreet farewell with as little stress and expenses for their loved ones as possible. So they note their wish to their loved ones, who should fulfil it after death, and it can include their non-attendance.

In the case of direct burial, funeral homes can bury the deceased anywhere. This means that there might be no place where the family can visit their loved ones’ graves. On the other hand, direct cremations are held with no family present in the chapel, but they can later take the ashes and bury or dispose of it. 

Advantages of Direct Funerals

A direct funeral is generally carried out as the last wish of the deceased. It’s a discreet committal, but the family can organize a memorial service later on their own. This means they have enough time to grieve and organize an honourable service to bid their loved ones goodbye.

Also, a direct funeral can be organized much faster than a traditional one. Since there’s no service or memorial organization, this procedure can save the deceased’s family time and nerves.

Finally, a direct funeral isn’t a major attack on a budget since it includes basic funeral elements only. In case of burial, the deceased will be buried in the simplest coffin in any available cemetery and without services, a hearse, and a memorial. Direct cremation requires a casket and urn only, and the deceased’s family can decide on ash disposal.

How to Bid the Deceased Goodbye When Not Attending Their Funeral

According to the deceased’s wishes, they can be buried or cremated without the presence of their family. However, if the family wants to commemorate a dear person, they can do it in alternative ways.

For example, after the cremation, the family can take the ashes and dispose of them. For instance, they can bury the urn or scatter the ashes in a specific location. They can also organize a memorial before placing the urn in a mausoleum.

Wrap Up

Some people want to leave this world without too much fuss. They choose direct funerals because they’re fast, discreet, and budget-friendly. They also don’t include family attendance as a part of the deceased’s last will.