Compare the best direct cremation key features & costs

To help you choose what's suitable for your loved one, we've collated a table inclusive of the market-leading direct cremation companies offering the best quality and cheapest funerals. You can compare cremation only costs and how much each company charges, including any additional extras.

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Typically, direct cremation is the cheapest option when it comes to arranging a funeral in the UK. If you’re looking for an affordable option for a loved one who has recently died or looking to plan ahead by taking out a direct cremation funeral plan, this could be the best choice for you.

Choosing and organising a funeral is never easy. But with the best direct cremation provider comparison table below, hopefully, it'll make things that bit easier in helping you choose the best direct cremation for your loved one.

Alternatively, if you'd like to settle your funeral arrangements early, you can compare funeral plans.

Interested in an attended service? Compare our attended cremation with other providers.

Direct Cremation Product Feature Pure Cremation Memoria Simplicity
Price £995 £1,295 £990 £995
Bringing deceased into care during office hours ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Bringing deceased into care 24 hours a day
£250 for out of hours collection

£250 for out of hours collection

£195 for out of hours collection
Bringing deceased into care from any place of death
£200 for non-hospital collection

£250 for non-hospital collection

£250 for non-hospital collection

£250 for non-hospital collection
Doctor's fee for medical cause of death certificate
£82 extra

£82 extra

Removal of pacemaker, medical implants or artificial limbs ✔️


£100 extra

Provision of standard coffin ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
No charge for oversized coffin
£150 extra

£250 extra

Transport of deceased ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Notification of the date of the cremation ✔️ ✔️
Unattended cremation fee ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Multiple crematoriums throughout England, Scotland & Wales ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Hand delivered return of ashes included ✔️


£100 extra

£75 extra
Ashes return guaranteed within 14 days ✔️


All information correct as of 07/09/2023

Direct Cremation Costs UK

The average cost of a direct cremation in the UK is £1,511. This is on average £2,442 cheaper* than a traditional funeral with a service.

Direct cremations are a simplified funeral that takes place without attendees or a service. Importantly, direct cremations maintain the quality and dignity that you would expect from any funeral provider.

* Saving of £2,442 is based on the cost of a traditional funeral at £3,953 vs direct cremation funeral at £1,511 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2023,

Next steps

With so many options to choose from, we know how confusing things can be.

If you have any questions or just want to talk things through, you can speak to our expert team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alternatively, if you'd like to settle your funeral arrangements early, you can compare funeral plans.

Ready to arrange a funeral?

If you need to organise a funeral now, we are open 24/7 and will make all the arrangements from taking the deceased into our care and completing all the paperwork. Your customer service specialists will liaise with you to make arrangements for the cremation and keep you updated.

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Distinct Cremations

Why choose a Direct Cremation with Distinct?

Find Peace of Mind

We’ll take care of everything, so your family don’t need to - from collection to the paperwork and right through to cremation

Highest Quality

We have the Distinct advantage of only investing in the best funeral and mortuary care at our state of the art facilities

24/7 Support

Our highly experienced, attentive customer service specialists are here for you & your family 24/7. We’re here whenever you need us

Available Nationwide

No matter where you live in the UK mainland, our specialist direct cremations are available for the same price

Dedication to Direct Cremation

We focus solely on direct cremations across mainland England, Wales and Scotland, offering the highest quality nationwide for the best price

"I talked to the people at Distinct Cremations. They told me these days many of us don’t want to spend large sums of money on an elaborate funeral."

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

Below are a selection of reviews from those who have arranged a funeral with Distinct Cremations.

“I can't recommend Distinct Cremations enough. I felt like my hand was held throughout the entire process. A wonderful team. Look no further than Distinct Cremations, first class! Credit to Grace J and colleagues. Thank you.”

"When you receive news of a loved family member in time of need or passing, the worries of many things arise. Consider contacting Distinct Cremations. My personal experience has been positive, in that their professional support had helped to provide a dignified service & cremation for the family to attend. They explained clearly what was available & when it would be able at the time of contact & positive communication throughout. They were recommended I've chosen to say thank you."

"A first class service that kept you up to date with all the protocols as they came up. Anything you wanted to know you just had to ring up and you was treated with great respect and dignity. I spoke to a lovely lady called Maxine Parkes several times who had as much time as you wanted to and listened to you with a lot of understanding and sympathy. Could not ask for a better service."

"This was our first experience of using a direct cremation service and we weren't sure what to expect. We were guided through the process by our own personal assistant who explained our options. Once we had made a decision on the type of service we wanted she advised us what we needed to do at every step of the way. She kept in regular contact to make sure we were happy and to answer any questions we had. The end-to-end service was very efficient and clearly explained by sensitive staff who were always available to answer any questions. We would highly recommend Distinct Cremations."

“We were very impressed with the service provided by Distinct Cremations from start to finish. All the people who dealt with Dad's cremation were kind and compassionate, particularly Alice who took our initial call, and Stephen who handled things from then on. They kept us informed about developments every step of the way and made us feel welcome to ask if ever we had any queries. The whole process was carried out in a professional yet sympathetic way. Would definitely recommend these people if you are considering a direct cremation for your loved one.”

"At the worst time of our life we needed some support, fortunately when we contacted Distinct Cremations it was clear that we were in safe hands, everyone has been so helpful we would especially like to thank Maxine who has been a shining light throughout the process, many thanks to everyone for their professionalism."

The Doctor’s fees are needed to obtain cremation certificates required to carry out the service. Without them, there can be no cremation.

An oversized coffin is for individuals who are too big for the average coffin width of 24 inches, 76 inches in length and 14 inches in depth. If the deceased is over 22 stone or 6 ft 5 or over, then an oversized coffin will be needed.

If the deceased goes to a coroner, there will be no need to pay for a medical certificate. This is because a coroner needs to perform different checks when there is uncertainty over how an individual died.

The direct cremations showcased are all unattended cremations. However, at Distinct Cremations we do offer the choice of an Personal Cremation which allows 20 mourners to attend a 20 minute service.

All of our ashes are returned in a simple biodegradable container which can be upgraded to a wooden urn for an additional cost.

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