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Yes, you can be cremated without having a funeral beforehand.
This is known as direct cremation and it’s a simple cremation without a ceremony.
Most funeral directors in the UK can offer direct cremation, and at a fraction of the cost of a traditional cremation funeral.
They can organise collection and care of the deceased, a basic coffin, a cremation at an appointed crematorium, and returning of the ashes.
If you choose to have no funeral, just cremation, then family and friends have the option to hold a separate memorial service at a later date when the ashes have been returned.
Continue reading to learn more about no funeral, just cremation…
No funeral, just cremation is simply another way to describe a direct cremation.
You may also come across the terms ‘cremation without ceremony’, ‘cremation only funeral’ or ‘unattended cremation’ but they all mean the same thing
For many people, direct cremation provides an affordable and fuss-free alternative to a traditional funeral with formal service.
When there is no funeral, just cremation:
As with a traditional funeral, the funeral director or professional funeral planner would help with all the arrangements for a direct cremation.
Once the death has been registered (which must be done within 5 days), the following usually happens:
Depending on the direct cremation package you choose, it may be possible for a few close family members to be present for the cremation.
Or, there may also be the option to hold a simple family-led service in the crematorium chapel beforehand.
No funeral, just cremation in the UK costs on average £1,554.
Although how much you ultimately spend will depend on various factors such as the location of the crematorium and which services are required.
In comparison, a standard cremation funeral costs on average £3,885 and an additional £2,532 on top for optional extras such as the memorial and flowers.
Therefore, having no funeral could be the right option for people who aren’t able to easily cover these expenses.
Yes, absolutely. More and more people in the UK are choosing to have a cremation (or burial), without a traditional service.
In fact, a recent survey by Co-op revealed that 36% of participants said they’d prefer for their loved ones to have a get-together to celebrate their life, as opposed to a full funeral service.
And half of the participants (51%) think that more funerals will take place outside of traditional religious settings in the future.
In another survey, conducted by SunLife, 42% of participants said that they would want their family to spend as little money as possible on their funeral and 15% said they would like a direct cremation.
Of course, the decision not to have a funeral will be dependent on the wishes of close family and the wishes of the deceased if they had left these in their will or in prepaid funeral plan.
You may opt for no funeral, just cremation for yourself or for a loved one for several reasons, which may include:
There are other things that loved ones can do to memorialise and pay tribute to someone who has chosen not to have a funeral.
For example, they can:
The main difference between a traditional cremation funeral and a direct cremation is the funeral service and ceremony.
With a cremation funeral, a service is organised by the funeral director, which tends to include a procession with a hearse and pallbearers.
Following this, a ceremony would be held at the crematorium or church, led by a minister or celebrant, and attended by loved ones.
There may be funeral tributes such as flowers, music, photographs and a eulogy.
With direct cremation, there’s no funeral service or ceremony before the cremation and loved ones don’t attend, which means there’s no need for funeral tributes.
However, similar to holding a wake after a funeral, family and friends may hold a memorial service following the cremation where they can pay tribute to the deceased.
|Services||Traditional cremation||Direct cremation|
|Advice and guidance from a professional funeral planner|
|Collection, transportation and care of the deceased|
|Choice of time and date for cremation|
|Choice of crematorium|
|Choice of coffin|
|Family viewing at the chapel of rest|
|Hearse or choice of alternative vehicle|
|Funeral procession with option to have limousines|
|Ceremony at church or crematorium chapel on the day of cremation|
|Return of ashes|
|Wake or memorial service following the cremation|
Key points to consider
When there’s a cremation without a funeral service, loved ones won’t be able to:
Benefits of a prepaid funeral plan:
Funeral plans arranged through Reassured start from as little as £3,020 or £19.11 a month and acceptance is guaranteed.
Contact Reassured for your free personalised quote today.
*£19.11 per month pricing includes a £75 discount only available to Co-operative members and is based on a 50-year-old purchasing a Co-operative Simple Funeral Plan at £3,020 over the maximum term available of 25 years (total amount repayable £5,733.40) as of 1st March 2021
 SunLife (2021), Cost of Dying Report, sunlife.co.uk/costofdying2021
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