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Simplicita cremations – direct cremation company
Address: Westpark Chapel, Park Cemetery, Regent Avenue, Lytham St Annes, FY8 4AB
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.