Whilst a direct cremation is the cheapest way to be cremated, it won’t be the right way for everyone.
For example, you don’t want the fuss and expense that comes with a traditional funeral but you also still want to have a ceremony before the cremation.
Fortunately, there are other options available to suit different needs and budgets:
Simple funerals with Simplicity Cremations
Simplicity Cremations arrange direct cremations and simple cremation funerals.
Their simple cremation funerals start from as little as £1,395 and include the option to have a family-led service at the crematorium before the cremation.
This can be a short service with a limited number of people or a full-length service with unlimited attendees.
The price is low because, like with direct cremation, there’s no need for funeral director services or additional extras such as embalming, officiant fees or a high-quality coffin.
Do It Yourself’ funeral
A Do It Yourself (DIY) funeral means family members would handle all the arrangements of the funeral instead of using a funeral director.
A DIY funeral would include the following arrangements:
- Caring for the deceased before the cremation
- Booking the cremation with the crematorium
- Organising the paperwork e.g. cremation certificate, medical certificate
- Sourcing and purchasing a suitable coffin or casket
- Arranging and holding the funeral service or ceremony
- Arranging or providing transport for the deceased to and from the crematorium
- Organising of the order of service, flowers, venue, catering and so on
This type of funeral may save you money but could also be stressful for the family particularly whilst they are grieving.
Donate body to science for a free cremation
This may be more difficult with the threat of coronavirus still looming - but it could be possible to donate your body to science and this wouldn’t cost your family a penny.
Medical institutes across the UK accept body donors for anatomical examination, research and education.
The institute may arrange a cremation and memorial for donations, or the family could request the body to be returned so that they can have a private burial or cremation.
This may not be a preferable option for some people due to religious reasons or family tradition.
Other ways you could save money on cremation funeral costs:
Shop around for the best prices
Find the cheapest cremation in your area by shopping around and comparing the prices and services offered by local funeral providers and crematoriums.
Some of the bigger providers, such as the Co-op, offer a broad range of funeral services at competitive prices.
Cut back on optional extras
In 2020, people spent on average over £1,000 on flowers, limousines, venue hire and catering. If you want to make big savings on a cremation funeral, this is a good place to start.
The family could arrange their own transport, flowers could be kept to a minimum and the wake could be held in someone’s home free of charge.