Nick Gandon. Nick is a funerals man through and through; he’s been working in this business, on and off, all his life. He operates nationwide.
Nick is good at what he does. Above all, he’s a very nice man, and this became especially evident to us when we went to inspect his premises. We watched him interact with the staff at his local crematorium and became aware of their high regard for him. Nick brings out the best in people.
His HQ is a converted 1940s public mortuary at the entrance to the Park cemetery and crematorium at Lytham St Anne’s. On his website, Nick describes it as “Beautifully sited in leafy parkland adjacent to the crematorium, with woodpeckers, foxes, and abundant wildlife quite literally on the doorstep, this is a most fitting last resting place prior to cremation.” Sound a bit fanciful? Actually, this turns out to be a factually accurate description. It’s a lovely spot.
Nick’s clients never get to see his HQ, so you wouldn’t be surprised if, inside, it wasn’t anything special. Well, we look behind the scenes to make sure that outward appearances are reflected behind the scenes. We were amazed to find that Nick has converted it beautifully – it’s as good as the best funeral homes, fully equipped to the highest standard. It’s one of the reasons why those who know him hold him in such high esteem.
Although direct cremation is the least expensive option, most people who choose it do not do so for that reason. They are people who want to do things their way. For reasons of their own they do not want a traditional funeral. A high proportion of Nick’s clients are, actually, highly educated, some of them very wealthy.
Find out more about direct cremation here: What is direct cremation?
Direct cremation means no public, ceremonial funeral – so this section doesn’t apply. Nick does not customarily use a hearse, unless you ask for one. He transports people who have died in a specially converted black Ford Galaxy.
Nick likes to do things as they ought to be done – he’s a stickler for that, right down to the smallest details. This means that he’s a very safe pair of hands – he’ll do what you ask and he’ll do it well. Even more important, he treats people who have died with the greatest respect. There’s absolutely nothing ‘second class’ about his service.
Nick was the first to spot the emerging trend for direct cremation and established this specialist business, Simplicita, in 1992. Direct cremation is not popular with most mainstream undertakers because they’d rather their clients chose a more expensive, traditional funeral. Some now offer it openly as an alternative, others offer it as a sort of under-the-counter option through a separate website. Nick, the pioneer, has always respected the choice of his clients.
Direct cremation is not a simplified version of a funeral, it is a no-funeral funeral. You need to be clear about this. It means that Nick comes to collect the body of the person who has died, takes it back to Lytham and looks after it. At the cremation, no one else is there. Nick sets this out very clearly on his website.
If you like, you can carry out your entire transaction with Nick over the phone.
Website – Excellent advice, clearly written and easy to navigate. Everything you need to know.
Money matters – You will need to pay for everything before the cremation. If you are eligible for a social fund funeral payment Nick can help you with your application, but you’ll need to tell him as soon as you can. Nick is not actually the cheapest direct cremation provider out there — but there’s hardly anything in it. With Nick you can be sure that you will not be treated as second class, nor will the person who has died. Remember: there are some people operating in this field who do not adhere to anything like the high standards of Nick.
If you want to plan ahead, Nick offers a bespoke “‘no-funeral funeral plan”. You can pay all at once or in instalments, and your money is placed in trust, where it grows fast enough to keep up with the rising cost of funerals. We endorse Nick’s fundholder, Funeral Planning Services. The beauty of Nick’s plan is — and you won’t see this offered by any other plan out there — that if the value of your plan, when you die, is greater than the cost of the funeral, Nick will refund the difference. Yes, this is the only funeral plan out there that gives change.
A very high-class, low-cost service offered by a very decent and honest person who looks after people who have died with great care and has given faultless service all the years we have known him.
Any decisions you take on engaging the services of a funeral director should be based on your views and research. You should not rely solely upon the views and opinions offered by us.
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 10:42 am
I live in Cumbria but have close relatives in Blackpool /St Ann’s area can you cover the distance. I will also need details to put into my will
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 10:46 am
I live in Cumbria but have close relatives in Blackpool Area can you cover the distance? Also I would need your details for my will
Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 7:33 pm
Hello. Could you please advise me if you operate in Northern Ireland.? If no; do you know of any funeral directors here who offer no funeral disposals?
Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 2:36 pm
Do you operate in Scotland or have any intention to do so in the future?
Friday 3rd March 2017 at 3:02 pm
We don’t offer our service in Scotland, and have no immediate plans to do so.
Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 7:14 am
If you have a question about Simplicita please contact Nick directly – as he says in his comment below, he’s not able to monitor this post regularly enough to answer all queries posted here. (I’m copying his contact details here to save you looking for it).
‘To avoid missing a message, could I please ask that any questions are sent directly to either firstname.lastname@example.org (where the enquiry involves a pre-paid plan), or email@example.com (where our “at need” service is involved).’
Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 8:30 pm
Do you cover the Stretford area in Trafford Greater Manchester and what sort of total costs apply. I would not want to attend the cremation and I would not want the ashes. I would be arranging a funeral for a relative that I have no emotional attachment to and she has only made a small provision for themselves so I will need to stick to the budget. I’m not bothered what the coffin is made of just so long as it’s cheap. We are not religious and simply see this as a disposal process. Sorry if this sounds bad to anyone but I’m being honest whilst still trying to do what I can.
Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 5:07 pm
I live in Hertfordshire , would you cover this area
Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 4:38 pm
Very interested so would you recommend this service suburbs South London please?
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 9:26 pm
I am in Scunthorpe…Am I in your collection area..Don’t plan pooping off just yet though..
Sunday 1st January 2017 at 2:37 pm
Hi really interested in direct cremation for the future. My question is can it be paid in installment or does it have to be a one off payment and do you cover Walsall?
Monday 2nd January 2017 at 9:43 am
Thanks for your questions. Yes, we do cover Walsall, and our pre-paid plan can either be paid for in one payment, or over a period of up to 5 years.
You can find details of the plan at http://www.nofuneral.co.uk .
If our services are needed without a pre-paid plan, then the payment does have to be made in full, prior to the cremation taking place.
Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 2:03 pm
i, myself and husband both want direct funeral we live in the west midlands (Walsall) can we pay when the time comes .
Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 9:36 pm
Thank you for the question Jane. Yes, our service is available in both pre-arranged and “at need” format. Payment can be made when the service is required.
Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 12:06 pm
Please can you tell me if you cover London.Have heard good things about your service.If not can you recommend anyone in the southwest London area.
Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 7:41 pm
Yes, we are able to provide our service in London. If you would like further details, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me on 0800 689 0343.
Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10:26 am
how much does direct disposal cost please’just a rough estimate will be ok. thankyou.
Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 7:48 pm
A direct cremation can cost anywhere between £1000 and around £1600 depending where the death takes place (in hospital or in a residential environment), whether the Coroner is involved or not, and whether the ashes are needed to be returned following the cremation. A pre-paid plan will always initially cost more, because of necessary administration costs.
If you would like to discuss this further, please contact me via either email at email@example.com or by phone on 0800 689 0343.
Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 10:53 am
I have only just learnt about this facility and would like to know if you cover Anglesey, North Wales.
Friday 28th October 2016 at 12:10 pm
Thank you for your enquiry. Yes, we certainly can provide a direct cremation service following a death in Anglesey.
My sincere apologies to any other post that has not been answered here. Whilst I am an avid supporter of the GFG blog, I have not been paying sufficient attention to the “Comments” section. Sorry!
To avoid missing a message, could I please ask that any questions are sent directly to either firstname.lastname@example.org(where the enquiry involves a pre-paid plan), email@example.com (where our “at need” service is involved).
Saturday 10th September 2016 at 8:22 am
I live in Cambridgeshire, do you cover this area.
Wednesday 3rd August 2016 at 10:34 am
Hi I am arranging my will today and will be stipulating this option. I live in Northamptonshire do you work as far south as this?
Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 1:21 pm
I live in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and would like to be cremated as simply and cheaply as possible, in a cardboard box or anything similar. If possible with my dogs ashes, however I have been told they couldn’t be put in with me so we can both be scattered together afterwards
Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 1:16 pm
I live in High Wycombe Bucks, and would like to be cremated as cheaply as possible preferably in a cardboard box or anything similar . Also can my much loved Dogs ashes be put into the box with me, if not than we can both be scattered at the end together
Thursday 17th March 2016 at 11:32 pm
hello i would like to arrange my furture by DIRCECT DISPOSAL..and would like to buy coffin as well….infact i am very poor ,,no freinds only 2 peoples left is my son and his father they can drive down to fellow black ford galaxy…WE all are deaf dont need music/postery..no hearses ects… straight down to buried me there…..how much for every thing cheap coffin plus director disposal ects…would be happy to pay by insultment ..would u be able dot his in london ??
Monday 7th March 2016 at 10:57 am
This is just what I am looking for. I live In Accrington Lancashire is this available to me?
Monday 7th March 2016 at 4:16 pm
Yes, Gina. Give Nick a call.
Thursday 29th October 2015 at 8:06 pm
Noticed you cover Edinburgh , do you cover Dundee or are there anyone in my area does it?
Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 12:07 am
Been reading good things about your direct service. Noted you cover all of mainland England. Is it possible to cover Edinburgh?
Saturday 11th October 2014 at 3:01 pm
Yes, that’s not a problem – Nick
Saturday 11th October 2014 at 1:43 pm
CAN ASHES BE TAKEN BY RELATIVES TO CHOSEN PLACE. THANKS