Most funeral directors now offer direct cremation and direct burial.

Some funeral directors see it for the positive choice it very often is – an alternative to a conventional funeral.

But not all of them get it. Some think it’s inappropriate, just for poor people and skinflints. You can tell by the tone they use when you phone.

Don’t deal with anyone who views direct cremation as an under-the-counter, shameful thing to do.

It’s important to do your research and ask the right questions because there are some less than satisfactory outfits out there.