Private Cremation from £1,295

If you are organising a short basic funeral, a private direct cremation service may be the right choice. You can have up to 8 people attending and a 10 minute service, making this a simple and affordable option.

Private Cremation from £1,295

If you are organising a short basic funeral, a private direct cremation service may be the right choice. You can have up to 8 people attending and a 10 minute service, making this a simple and affordable option.
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Why choose a Private Cremation?

What is a Private Direct Cremation?

A private cremation is a funeral where the number of people attending is limited, this could include a small gathering of friends and family. These funerals are usually invite-only as opposed to an open funeral, which anyone can attend.

A private cremation allows you to witness the committal of the coffin and gives you the time to think about how you want to say goodbye in your own way. Up to eight people can attend one of our private cremations, where they can have a moment of quiet reflection and play a piece of music in honour of the deceased.

Our private cremation is a short 10-minute farewell that takes place early in the morning at the crematorium of your choice. This gives family and friends the chance to gather and be present at the crematorium chapel before the cremation takes place. It’s a simple, dignified, low-cost farewell for your loved one.

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What’s included in a Private Direct Cremation?

  • Collection and Care of The Deceased. When you're ready, call our team of Personal Advisors who will organise for our experienced funeral team to collect the deceased in a discreet, specialist funeral vehicle and take them to our purpose-built mortuary. We’ll care for the deceased with respect and dignity; washing, dressing and laying them in their coffin before taking them to the crematorium.

  • 24 hours, 7 days a Week Support. Every family receives the 24/7 support of a Personal Advisor who’ll answer any questions you may have, make all the cremation arrangements and complete the legal and cremation paperwork needed to proceed.

  • A 10 Minute Farewell. A Private Direct Cremation gives you a 10 minute goodbye with your loved ones, taking place in the crematorium’s chapel. You can gather with up to eight people early in the morning to say farewell, remember the life of the deceased and play a musical tribute in their honour.

  • The Cremation. Private Direct Cremations will take place at 9am. Prior to your arrival, our funeral team will respectfully bring the deceased to the chapel and place them at the head of the chapel on the catafalque. After you’ve said your goodbyes, the deceased will be committed and then cremated.

  • A Simple Coffin. Each person in our care is provided with a simple wood effect veneer coffin.

  • Scattering the ashes. The ashes of the deceased will be carefully scattered in our beautifully landscaped garden of remembrance. Alternatively, we can hand-return your loved one’s ashes to you within 14 days free of charge.

What's Not Included?

This is a simple cremation only so there’s no formal viewing of the deceased, no funeral procession, no hearses and no flowers. If any Doctor’s fees are payable or the removal pacemakers and artificial limbs is required, there may be an additional cost.

If you're looking to take out a funeral plan, just get in touch or request a free guide today.

We own and manage a network of crematoria around the UK - check to see which is near to you.

We’ll keep the deceased dressed in the same clothes they were wearing when they entered our care unless otherwise requested. If you’ve got a specific outfit you’d like them to wear, just let us know and provide it prior to the cremation.

A Direct Cremation is a simple cremation without a funeral service and all the additional expenses such as flowers. However, the family can make arrangements for flowers to be delivered to the crematorium directly should they wish.

Our crematoria feature state-of-the-art downloadable music systems, allowing us to play any piece of music you want as long as it's been commercially recorded and released.

We have over 36 crematoria spread across England, Scotland and Wales. You can see our full list of crematoria to find your nearest one.

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

While we endeavour to cremate the deceased as soon as possible following the service this isn't always possible. However, the cremation is always completed with 24-hours of arrival at the crematorium. Learn more about how long after death is a cremation.

For a Direct Cremation we provide a simple MDF coffin, and for an attended cremation we provide unvarnished veneered chipboard coffins.

Once you’ve agreed the type of service that you’d like, one of our Customer Service Advisors will take the payment in full, which can be made by credit or debit card.

There are lots of things you can do with the ashes. Many people scatter ashes in a place that was special to the deceased, some keep them in an urn as a keepsake and others have recently started to have ashes turned into jewellery or glass.

Cremation services typically last between 10 and 45 minutes, depending on the type of service chosen. For an unattended cremation there’s no service held before the cremation takes place.

At Distinct Cremations, we offer the best direct cremation service on the market for the best price. You can see how we compare to other funeral providers in the market with our comparison table

We offer the highest levels of support and service but don't take our word for it read why our customers trust us.

They are very helpful and staff are lovely I have recommended to other family members and friends thank you once again above excellent service .

Anonymous 29/06/22

Excellent service.Literature easy to understand. Good personal telephone calls during setting up.

Anonymous 27/06/22

Easy to contact, friendly professional staff.

Anonymous 27/06/22

Returned call on day planned. answered my questions.

Anonymous 26/06/22

Distinct Cremations came across as kind, polite, courteous and understanding. Which was all down to your telephone representative.

Anonymous 24/06/22

Helpful on the phone, good service.

Anonymous 21/06/22

superd service and would recommed you to anyone

Anonymous 17/06/22

This was a simple straight forward process with a very helpful lady from the company. I'm glad I chose Distinct Cremation

Anonymous 16/06/22

I liked the idea of a fixed price for my funeral.

Elizabeth Knowlson 13/06/22

Everything was very clearly explained. The documentation was easy to understand. I was given a cooling off period. Most of my family and friends are... Read more

Anonymous 13/06/22
Feefo independent service review 5 star

At Distinct Cremations, we’re not just another direct cremation provider. We are an experienced team that prides itself on the care and support we offer to our families before, during and after a loved one’s passing.

As part of Westerleigh Group, we aim to deliver the best possible cremation that won’t leave you, or your loved ones, with the financial burdens of a traditional funeral.

Our pricing is clear and transparent, there are no hidden extras and most importantly, we believe that low cost should not mean low quality, providing your loved one with high-quality care.

Best Value

We regularly review our direct cremation packages to ensure families’ needs are catered for at an affordable cost.

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Your Local Provider, Nationwide

We operate throughout Mainland Great Britain and ensure your loved one will be cremated at a Westerleigh crematorium in your local region.

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Highest Quality

We have the Distinct advantage of owning all our crematoria & can guarantee the highest quality of care from beginning to end.

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24/7 Support

Our highly-experienced, attentive personal advisors are here for you & your family 24/7. We’re here whenever you need us

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Stress Free

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

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