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Unattended cremation, also referred to as direct cremation, is a funeral option wherein the deceased is cremated without the inclusion of a formal funeral service. This is becoming an increasingly popular option in the UK, as it is a more affordable and convenient way to say goodbye to a loved one.

There are many reasons why people choose unattended cremation. Some people may have personal or religious beliefs that make a traditional funeral service unsuitable. Others may simply prefer a more private and intimate way to say goodbye. Whatever the reason, unattended cremation is a dignified and respectful way to honour the deceased.

What happens during an unattended cremation?

The process of unattended cremation is relatively simple. Once the death has been registered, the funeral director will collect the deceased from their place of death and transport them to the crematorium. The deceased will be cremated in a respectful and dignified manner, and their ashes will be returned to the funeral director.

The family and friends of the deceased can choose to have the ashes scattered in a place of their choice, or they can keep them in an urn. Some people also choose to have the ashes buried in a cemetery.

Benefits of unattended cremation

There are many benefits to choosing unattended cremation. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Cost: Opting for unattended cremation proves to be a significantly more cost-effective choice in comparison to a conventional funeral service. This is because there are no costs associated with a funeral service, such as the hire of a funeral home, the purchase of a coffin, or the cost of catering. According to recent statistics, the average cost of a funeral in the UK is ¬£4,056. Unattended cremation, on the other hand, can cost as little as ¬£1,000.
  • Convenience: Unattended cremation is also a more convenient option. The funeral director will handle all the necessary arrangements, alleviating any concerns for the family. This can be a huge relief for grieving families, who may not have the time or energy to make all the necessary arrangements for a traditional funeral.
  • Flexibility: Additionally, unattended cremation offers greater flexibility, allowing the family and friends of the departed to opt for a memorial service or celebration of life at a later time, should they desire. This can be a good option for families who live far apart or who need more time to grieve. It can also be a good option for families who want to have a more personalised and meaningful send-off for their loved ones.

Who is unattended cremation suitable for?

Unattended cremation is appropriate for individuals of all religious beliefs and backgrounds. It is a particularly good option for people who have small families or who live far away from their loved ones. Unattended cremation is also a good option for people who have expressed a wish for a simple and private funeral.

How to arrange an unattended cremation

Organising an unattended cremation is straightforward. All you need to do is contact a funeral director who specialises in direct cremations. The funeral director will be able to advise you on the process and help you to make all the necessary arrangements.

Here are the steps involved in arranging an unattended cremation:

  1. Contact a funeral director who specialises in direct cremations.
  2. Provide the funeral director with the deceased’s personal details, such as their name, date of birth, and date of death.
  3. Discuss your wishes for the cremation, such as whether you would like the ashes to be scattered or kept.
  4. Pay the funeral director’s fees.
  5. The funeral director will collect the deceased from their place of death and transport them to the crematorium.
  6. The deceased will be cremated in a respectful and dignified manner.
  7. The funeral director will return the deceased’s ashes to you

Conclusion

Unattended cremation is a dignified and respectful way to say goodbye to a loved one. It is a more affordable and convenient option than a traditional funeral, and it is also more flexible. If you are considering unattended cremation, be sure to speak to a funeral director who specialises in direct cremations.

If you are interested in learning more about unattended cremation, please contact Newrest Funerals today. We offer a range of funeral services, including unattended cremation, and we are here to help you create a fitting tribute to your loved one.