As the name implies, a direct cremation is one that doesn’t include a ceremony or funeral service. With this type, the cremation process takes place right away on a given date without any attendees.
After a direct cremation, the ashes of the cremated individual are either returned to the family of the deceased or scattered in the crematorium’s garden.
According to the above-mentioned SunLife report, about 18% of all funerals that took place in the UK in 2021 were direct cremations.
The report also indicates that each year, the percentage of people who opt for direct cremations over a traditional funeral is increasing.
This comes as no surprise considering direct cremation costs considerably less than a traditional funeral, since you don’t need to pay for things like minister fees, embalming, funeral notices, service sheets, and so forth.
The cost of direct cremations is influenced by quite a few factors, which include:
- Location – Cremations in London cost a lot more than cremations in Yorkshire or the Humber, for instance. Currently, Northern Ireland is the most affordable place to die in the UK.
- Place of Collection – Will the deceased person be collected from their home or from a nursing home?
- Ashes – Will the ashes be returned/collected, or will they be scattered? If they’re to be scattered, will they be scattered in the crematorium’s garden or a different garden?
Coffin Size – The larger the coffin, the more it’s going to cost.
Here’s what to expect before, during, and after a direction cremation:
- The body is collected and taken to a mortuary.
- The body is prepared and cared for until the cremation.
- The cremation takes place with only the staff present.
- The ashes are placed in a container.
- The ashes are either returned or scattered.