Professional service, peace of mind
With our Direct Cremation plan, an experienced Cremation Specialist takes care of the entire process, from collecting the deceased to returning the ashes to the family (or designated person) after cremation.
Collection and care of the deceased
A Cremation Specialist will collect the deceased and prepare them for cremation. The collection service is available 24/7 from anywhere in mainland England, Wales and Scotland (excusing the Scottish Highlands and Islands) – out of hours (7am-7pm, weekends and public holidays) and oversized coffins may incur extra fees
Preparing for cremation
A simple coffin will be provided for the deceased. These coffins have been specifically chosen to ensure safe and dignified handling during transportation and cremation.
Transportation to the crematorium
Experienced Cremation Specialist oversee the careful transportation of the deceased from the funeral home to the crematorium.
An unattended direct cremation
A Direct Cremation does not allow for a funeral/memorial service to be held at the crematorium, or for mourners to attend the cremation itself.
Our Direct Cremation Plan includes all relevant fees charged by the crematorium.
Doctor’s fees & death certificates
In some instances a doctor will need to certify the cause of death before cremation can take place, Our Direct Cremation Plan includes any doctor’s fees that may apply.
Return of ashes
Within 21 days of cremation a scatter-tube containing the deceased’s ashes will be hand-delivered to a designated address in England, Wales or Scotland. For a minimal surcharge, ashes can be returned sooner than 21 days. Alternatively, the deceased’s ashes can be scattered in a tranquil Garden of Remembrance.
When a Direct Cremation is chosen the deceased is collected and taken directly to the funeral home, and then crematorium. After cremation the ashes are returned to the family within 21 days. An earlier return of ashes is possible, at a nominal additional cost.
While Direct Cremation offers a convenient and efficient process for grieving family, it’s important to note that Direct Cremation comes without many of the elements associated with a more traditional funeral.
Direct Cremation does not allow for viewing of the deceased, or for a formal funeral procession and hearse en route to the crematorium. There is no religious service or memorial prior to cremation, and a minister or celebrant is not in attendance prior to or during the cremation.
A Direct Cremation funeral plan also does not allow for floral tributes, or for charitable donations to be collected and administered on behalf of the deceased.
Direct Cremation offers a ‘hassle-free’ approach to dealing with the death of a loved one, without the formality – and expense – of a traditional funeral. Direct Cremation is an excellent choice for those who favour a ‘fuss-free’ approach to planning their own passing. It spares the bereaved family the inconvenience and administration – not to mention financial burden – of arranging a complicated funeral in the midst of mourning.
After the timely cremation of the deceased, grieving family and friends are free to arrange a memorial service in their own time, and with greater flexibility in terms of venue and duration, without the pressure of keeping to the strict time limits of a pre-booked crematorium service.
Memorials are often held in conjunction with interment or scattering of the ashes, offering the chance for family and friends – of all ages – to attend at a convenient time and place.
Direct Cremation is also a preferred option if the deceased wishes to have their ashes interred or scattered beyond the borders of Great Britain.
It’s important to remember that direct cremation does not allow for attendees. If you would prefer to plan for a service that can be attended by friends and family, please visit our FAQ pages, or contact us directly.
Plan with Grace is an online platform that will help you create a funeral plan that meets your needs, fulfils your last wishes, and fits within your budget.
Once the plan is purchased, all funds are held securely in the Plan with Grace Funeral Payment Trust, until such time it is required to pay for the Direct Cremation. Every customer receives their own unique login to be able to amend, alter and update their Direct Cremation Plan should their circumstances change.
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