Some people see direct cremation as a way of preparing a body for a funeral. Instead of the body of the person who died at the funeral service, you have their ashes.

This gives you the freedom to say farewell in your own time, in a place of your choosing, in a way you may find more personal, more fitting and more satisfying.

Once a body has been cremated, the ashes are:

  • Durable (they’ll keep forever).
  • Portable (around 6 lbs).
  • Divisible (you can divide them up, you don’t have to scatter them all at once).

So you can take the ashes to any venue you want, at any time you choose, and hold a commemorative event of your own devising — in a church, a village hall, a restaurant. Or on a mountain top or at the seaside. Pretty much anywhere.

The ceremony can be as long or as short as you want. You can invite whoever you want. It may finish with the scattering of the ashes – as the sun sets or rises, perhaps. But not necessarily. The ashes can simply be divided up amongst certain people and kept.