Direct cremations are cremations without the funeral service, so there are no attendees and there’s no ceremony performed beforehand. They are one of the cheapest options offered by funeral directors and they are becoming increasingly popular as a contemporary, no-fuss send-off when you pass away that is both simple and respectful.
Why Choose a Direct Cremation?
Direct cremations are free from the elements that some feel are unnecessary when saying goodbye to someone they love, such as pallbearers and processions. But they don’t cut corners – your loved one will still receive the same high standard of care and attention that they would with a traditional ceremony. With a direct cremation, there’s no need for a funeral director as it’s organised by a friend or relative of the deceased. Many people will choose to hold a memorial or a celebration of life event afterwards to commemorate the person who has passed on.
The Benefits of a Direct Cremation
In addition to being a simpler affair, direct cremations are also much cheaper than a traditional funeral. Your loved on receives a professional and dignified cremation service without the procession, ceremonies or funeral services that come with a standard funeral, so you can say farewell in your own way without needing to conform to tradition.
How Does a Direct Cremation Work?
There’s no formal service with a direct cremation, so it’s usually unattended although it can include a gathering of mourners if it’s a family-led funeral. The price of a direct cremation typically varies depending on how many people are attending.
The process of organising this type of funeral includes arranging for a doctor to complete the necessary paperwork, collecting your loved one from the hospital and arranging their preparation and care until the cremation, transporting them to the crematorium, and scattering their ashes in remembrance afterwards. If your loved one requested a simple, quiet send-off when they passed away, a direct cremation can be a fitting way to honour their wishes.