Celebrities such as David Bowie and John Lennon have had direct disposal funerals.
Whilst they would have had plenty of money for a big final farewell, having a direct disposal meant that their families could pay their respects in private and at a time and place that suited them.
You may feel that a direct disposal funeral is suitable because:
- You and/or your family would find it difficult to get the funds together for a traditional funeral
- Your family live all over the UK, or in other parts of the world, therefore they may struggle to attend the funeral (particularly during the coronavirus pandemic) and/or you may have loved ones that are unable to attend due to health reasons or because they are vulnerable to the virus. Therefore, it may make sense not to have a funeral service but instead to arrange a separate memorial service or get-together at another time and place if and when it’s convenient
- You’re not bound by religious beliefs or family tradition, you can choose what’s best for you and how you wish to be remembered (or how your loved one is remembered)
- Your loved ones may find the process of arranging a traditional funeral too stressful and overwhelming, particularly during a time when they're grieving
- It fits well with having a natural, eco-friendly funeral – there would be no need for embalming of the body or an expensive coffin or headstone
As you can see, there are a number of reasons why someone may choose a direct disposal funeral.
According to reports released by leading funeral providers, the Co-op and Sunlife, the approach to funerals is changing and we may see more direct cremations and direct burials going forward.
Especially as these days people are more likely to discuss their funeral wishes with loved ones and are becoming more aware of the financial impact of their passing.
Changing funeral trends
In 2019, the Co-op reported that their funeral directors are arranging a growing number of funerals that take place outside of traditional religious settings.
Their research includes a survey of 4,000 British adults, of which over a third of people said they’d prefer for their loved ones to have a get-together to celebrate their life, instead of having a full funeral service.
Their research also reveals that people are requesting the funeral to be more unique and personal to the person who has passed away.
With a direct disposal, loved ones have the opportunity to arrange a personalised ceremony arranged by themselves, away from a funeral setting - and they don’t have to follow a traditional order of service.
However, this format won’t suit everyone and, for many, having a traditional funeral with a formal service is an important part of the bereavement process.
At a traditional funeral, loved ones could have the opportunity to:
- Personalise the coffin, hearse, flower arrangements and so on
- Travel to the crematorium or cemetery in a funeral procession from their home
- Say a few words, play music and read the eulogy during the funeral service
- Place keepsake items into the coffin such as photographs
If you’re thinking about having a traditional funeral for yourself and want to protect your loved ones from the cost, you may consider a prepaid funeral plan.
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