Arrange a funeral with the UK's largest direct cremation provider from just £1,199. Our unattended direct cremation and low cost funeral services offer dignity and compassion at affordable prices. Quality care is guaranteed when you trust your instinct with Distinct.

Our simple cremation services are also available as funeral plans giving you peace of mind for the future.

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Direct cremation offers a simple, unattended service. Unlike traditional funerals, direct cremations separate the cremation from the service, giving you the freedom to say goodbye in a way that feels right.

We're on hand to compassionately deliver first-class direct cremations or attended cremation services for a loved one who has died. If you’re planning ahead, we also offer funeral plans including direct cremation plans.

View our low cost funeral services below. Alternatively, you can view our price list or our CMA standardised price list for a breakdown of costs.

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From £1,199

If your loved one has passed away or is in the final stages of life, our team is here 24/7 to assist you. We provide guidance and support for every step, including the collection and care of your loved one, handling all necessary paperwork, and overseeing the funeral day itself.


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Funeral Plans

From £1,699 or £19.44* per month

Gain peace of mind with pre-arranged and prepaid funeral plans for future arrangements. We ensure guaranteed acceptance with no medical questions.

* Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £2,332.80 and includes administration fees.

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Distinct Cremations leave out the funeral fuss and needless extras but leave in great service and a wonderfully caring attitude. That’s why my instinct is Distinct.

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Our dedication to care and quality

Whichever funeral option you choose, we’ll give your loved one a compassionate send-off that respects their dignity. We are experts in affordable direct cremations and simple funerals, all of which are caringly delivered by dedicated professionals.

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Every one of our funerals guarantees:

  • Complete end-to-end service delivered by our teams
    We use our own private ambulances, mortuary facilities and crematoriums. This means we look after your loved one personally at every stage to guarantee quality service.

  • State-of-the-art mortuary care
    Our team meticulously prepare your loved one for cremation and care for them on a daily basis using the best mortuary technology.

  • A respectful farewell at the crematorium chapel
    At all services, an attendant or funeral operative is present whilst your loved one is brought into the chapel to your choice of music.

  • Ashes returned or scattered at no extra cost
    The individually identified and tracked ashes will be hand delivered back to you at home within 14 days or scattered at the crematorium.

How we care for your loved one

We offer the highest level of support, but don't take our word for it

Below are a selection of reviews from those who followed their instinct with Distinct and chose to buy a funeral with us.

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Anon 2 May 2024
Service very efficient, and comprehensive. Understandably, you "chased me up" when there was a delay in my response to place an order, but this delay was whilst I contacted all those relatives who might have had a view to express.
Anon 24 Apr 2024
I was very happy with the service I received and they are only a phone call away if I or my sons should need advice or help in any way
Wendy 8 Apr 2024
This is a good company, the cremation was dealt with very smoothly without any problems. The staff were very courteous and professional throughout. Everything was explained over the phone and they were very patient answering my questions. The ashes were delivered on time to my door. Highly recommended.
Anon 7 Apr 2024
They gave a superb service, they were very professional from start to finish, but also friendly and empathetic too, at what was a very difficult time for myself and the family
Anon 6 Apr 2024
Dee was lovely and understanding and advice was easy to understand
Anon 5 Apr 2024
Very kind and helpful lady. She talked me through everything that I asked her about.
Anon 1 Apr 2024
From the very first phone call I felt things were going to be handled well. Kindness compassion and helpful ness were shown throughout. I was kept informed about all the details and the person delivering the ashes was so respectful and kind taking the time to ask about my husbands life. This is who will handle my cremation.
Anon 29 Mar 2024
Received excellent service from Distinct Cremations. The passing of my stepfather was very distressing and emotional time for my family. David at DC kept us up to date with the arrangements, and talked us through each step of the plan, and kept the admin to a minimum. The cost of the Direct cremation was as advertised, which I found to be good value. Thank you everyone at DC.
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Questions about direct cremations

What is a direct cremation?

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Direct cremations are a dignified and simple way to say farewell without the pressures and costs of a traditional funeral. They involve cremating the body without a ceremony or mourners present and provide you and your family with the flexibility to commemorate your loved one's life in your own time and manner.

This allows for a personal and meaningful celebration or wake at a place and time of your choosing. Cost-effective and straightforward, direct cremations offer a less stressful alternative, enabling you to honour the deceased in a way that feels right for you, surrounded by comfort and support.

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How do direct cremations work?

At Distinct Cremations, we care for your loved one at each step of the cremation process. We swiftly and safely transport them to our state-of-the-art mortuary and offer round-the-clock guidance to help you with the necessary forms. At the cremation, your loved one's coffin is taken through the chapel while your chosen song is played. Afterwards, we can return the ashes to you or scatter them in our garden of remembrance.

How does direct cremation work?

How much is a direct cremation?

Our unattended cremation service starts from just £1,199, which is 71%** cheaper than a traditional cremation.

** 71% saving is based on the cost of a basic funeral at £4,141 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, funeral-costs) vs the cost of a Distinct Cremations direct cremation at £1,199

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How is a direct cremation different?

Direct cremations are simpler and more affordable than traditional funerals. Choosing not to have an attended funeral avoids the cost and fuss of a funeral procession and service. Instead, a separate memorial can be arranged at a more personal venue.

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Is a direct cremation right for me?

A cremation without mourners present suits those who'd like to minimise funeral costs, avoid the confines of tradition or keep the send-off as straightforward as possible. Choose a no-fuss cremation conducted with the utmost professionalism.

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Our caring and compassionate funeral team operate nationwide from our base in the heart of England, meaning that no matter where you live in the UK mainland we can deliver our affordable funerals for the same price.

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As part of the Westerleigh group we:

  • Own a national network of crematoria
    Operating 40 of the highest quality crematoriums in England, Scotland and Wales

  • Perform over 70,000 cremations a year
    Assisting families up and down the country every single day at our beautifully landscaped and peaceful cremation facilities

  • Are one of the UK's largest cremation providers
    Drawing on the experience of a compassionate team dedicated to caring for the deceased

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Why choose Distinct Cremations?


We offer cost-effective direct cremation services, ensuring you only pay for what you need. Our pricing alleviates the financial burden while ensuring a respectful and meaningful experience.


We understand the importance of a straightforward farewell. Direct cremation provides a respectful and dignified farewell without additional complexity.

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Understand the costs involved with clarity. We believe in transparency throughout the arrangement process, giving you peace of mind during a challenging time.

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With Distinct Cremations, it will take approximately 2-4 weeks to arrange the funeral. This includes the completion of the necessary paperwork and the cremation itself. Once the cremation has taken place, the ashes will be personally returned by our team within 14 days.

Many people struggle to afford a funeral because of the rising funeral costs. If you’re arranging the funeral of a loved one and you think you can’t afford it, check if you’re eligible for Government assistance via a Funeral Expenses Payment in England & Wales or check your eligibility and apply for a Funeral Support Payment in Scotland.

Our direct cremations are unattended cremations which take place without mourners present. However, we do offer a choice of small attended cremations where up to 8 mourners can attend a 10 minute service or up to 20 mourners can attend a 20 minute service.

Yes, this is known as unattended or direct cremation and it is an affordable option for anyone who wishes his loved one to be cremated without the fuss of a full funeral service.

We provide a simple light oak style coffin.

This can be upgraded to an environmentally friendly coffin made using recycled and recovered wood as part of our Go Greener add on.

Ashes can be scattered free of charge in our Gardens of Remembrance. If you have chosen to have the ashes returned to you, one of our Funeral Operatives will personally deliver the ashes to your family after the cremation has happened.

You can, and it can make things easier and less stressful for when the time comes. If a loved one is suffering from a life limiting ailment, the dying person may want to be involved in their own funeral arrangements. Or a funeral can be planned when you're healthy with a funeral plan. We're happy to talk through your options 24/7 on 01543 211997.

The cheapest way to be cremated in the UK is with a direct cremation which takes place without a funeral service or mourners in attendance and starts from just £1,199 with Distinct Cremations if you need a funeral today.

The average cost of a funeral in the UK is now £4,141^[1]^. Our funeral plans start from as little as £1,699 or from just £1,199 if you need to arrange a funeral today or in the very near future.

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The documents needed for a direct cremation include:

  • The medical certificate of cause of death
  • Death certificate/green form from the registry office
  • Completed cremation forms

In case of a coroner's involvement, additional forms may be required. Approval by a medical professional is needed for the cremation to proceed. For more detailed information, see our guide on the documents you need to arrange a funeral.

At Distinct Cremations, we offer cost-effective direct cremation and attended cremation services, without cutting any corners. Respectful care for your loved one is prioritised throughout. You can see how we compare to other funeral providers in the market with our comparison table.

We deliver all of the services ourselves including transport, care at our mortuary, cremation at one of our crematoriums and the return of the ashes. Our caring team is there to offer support throughout with both paperwork and making the arrangements.

As part of the Westerleigh Group, we are one of the UK’s largest cremation service providers. We have 40 crematoriums nationwide and facilitate over 70,000 each year.

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Help and guidance

Need more information before you make a decision? Our useful guides and helpful checklists can support you in arranging a cremation service for a loved one who has died.

We also provide lots of information and guidance about funeral plans to help you plan ahead.

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Looking for a cremation only funeral for a loved one who has recently died? We believe we offer the best value and cheapest funeral service, but you can decide for yourself in our comparison table.

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To help you plan ahead and find the best and cheapest cremations on the market, we have compared cremation plans on offer from five different cremation companies including ourselves.

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Funeral guidance & support


Want some more information about arranging a cremation service or choosing the right funeral? We have a number of articles with checklists and other helpful tips to help you feel confident in your choices.

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Our friendly team can help you arrange a dignified and low cost direct funeral for a loved one,

Have a question? Contact us to ask one of our experienced customer service specialists.

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