More and more people are choosing direct cremation or direct burial as an alternative to a conventional funeral. The person who has died is cremated or buried without any family or friends there. There is no funeral service.

Direct cremation and direct burial are for:

  • People who, in line with their beliefs and values, do not feel they need to have a formal, public funeral service at which the body of the person who has died is present.
  • People who cannot afford a traditional funeral. Because of its simplicity, direct cremation is your cheapest option.

Direct cremation and direct burial do not stop you from holding a family-led memorial service either before or after the cremation or burial. You can host a ceremony like this anywhere you like.

Most people who opt for direct cremation or direct burial could easily afford a traditional funeral but choose not to.

Direct cremation costs roughly £1200-1800 all in. Direct burial costs roughly £1500-2000.