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 offer affordable direct cremations whether you're pre-planning for the future or you're looking to arrange a direct cremation today.
At Distinct Cremations, we take the organisational burden away from you and your family. Our approach to direct cremation focuses on the essentials providing a dignified yet simplified farewell. We collect your loved one, caringly look after them, organise the cremation on your behalf, and personally hand deliver the ashes. And every step of the way, we'll be on the other end of the phone to offer assistance or guidance.
Call us to begin getting your arrangements in place. We're here 24/7.
Our team care for your loved one at our state of the art mortuary facilities.
The ashes will be personally delivered within 14 days.
We collect and bring your loved one into our care from anywhere in mainland UK.
The cremation will take place at one of our UK crematoriums.
Below are a selection of reviews from those who have purchased a funeral through Distinct Cremations.
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 cremations for the same price.
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 facilities
Are one of the UK's largest cremation providers
Drawing on the experience of a compassionate team dedicated to caring for the deceased
"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."
Sue Cook, TV Presenter
A direct cremation is a simple unattended cremation. Having a cremation without a funeral service reduces the costs and stress associated with arranging a traditional funeral.
Direct cremation allows for a separation between the cremation and how you choose to say goodbye to your loved one.
To simplify arrangements, all of the aspects of the direct cremation can be left to us. Get in touch to arrange a direct cremation with Distinct Cremations.
A direct cremation is the most straightforward and simple way to say goodbye. If you're looking for a fuss, worry and tradition-free funeral, with little stress and low expense, then a direct cremation may be the perfect solution for you.
Get in touch with us for personalised guidance on how a direct cremation could be the right choice for your needs. Call us on 01543 211997 today.
A direct cremation is a worry-free, affordable alternative to a traditional cremation, without a procession, service, mourners and viewing of the deceased. Though the cremation is unattended, the deceased is still treated with the highest level of care from beginning to end. A direct cremation is also the least expensive funeral option costing just £1,099 with Distinct Cremations. A traditional cremation on average costs £3,673*
* The average cost of cremation in 2022 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2023, sunlife.co.uk/funeral-costs)
Direct cremation includes a respectful cremation but does not include a funeral service with mourners present. We take care of all aspects of our direct cremation services including:
Our prices to arrange an unattended cremation for someone who has died start from £1,099. Or if you'd like to pre-plan and pay for a funeral for yourself or someone else ahead of time we also offer an Unattended Direct Cremation Plan from just £1,699.
Though a direct cremation with Distinct Cremations takes place without a service or mourners, the coffin is still respectfully taken through the front door of the crematorium chapel. The coffin is then set down in the crematorium whilst a piece of music chosen by the family is played. After this, the cremation takes place.
Following the cremation, we personally return the ashes to the family within 14 days or scatter them in our garden of remembrance if preferred. Visit our how it works page for more details about our direct cremation services.
The documents needed for a direct cremation include:
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 services, without cutting any corners so 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.
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.
After the death of your loved one, you need to contact the register office and register the death within 5 days in England and Wales and within 8 days in Scotland. You'll need the cremation or burial certificate to start making the funeral arrangements. Using the help of a funeral provider like Distinct Cremations can speed up things as we are professionals and we can guide you through the process
Trying to decide if a direct cremation plan is right for you? Are you having to arrange a direct cremation? You can find lots of useful and helpful guides, checklists and forms in one place.
Looking for a direct cremation for a loved one who has recently died? We believe we offer the best and cheapest service on the market, but you can decide yourself in our comparison table.
To help you find the best and cheapest direct cremation plan on the market, we have compared the cremation plans on offer from five different funeral providers including ourselves.
Trying to decide if a direct cremation plan is right for you? Are you having to arrange a direct cremation? We have a number of articles in our guidance section which may be of assistance.