Direct cremation: A simple, affordable farewell

Say goodbye in a way that's personal for you and the ones you love. Our low cost direct cremation is caringly delivered with compassion, whether you're arranging a funeral today or planning for the future. Discover our direct cremation services, tailored for those seeking a simple, cost-effective funeral solution.

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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 offer affordable direct cremations whether you're pre-planning for the future or you're looking to arrange a direct cremation today.

Find our low cost direct cremation services below or alternatively you can view our price list or CMA standardised price list.

Arrange a Direct Cremation

From £1,099

Whether your loved one has died or is near to death, our team is available 24/7 to support and talk you through the next steps; from collection and care of your loved one, completion of all paperwork, to the day of the funeral itself.


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Direct Cremation Plans

From £1,699 or £18.79* per month

Relax knowing that the arrangements are agreed and paid for. With no medical questions, acceptance is guaranteed.

* Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £2,349.80 and includes administration fees.

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What happens at a direct cremation with Distinct Cremations

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.

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 purchased a funeral through Distinct Cremations.

So easy to arrange a plan.
Straight forward to plan. Very helpful on a telephone call.
My partner and I received excellent help and advice, through a very sad and difficult time. Thank you all and specially to Maxine who went above and beyond.
Very easy to apply on line, good value and excellent reviews. Office contact efficient , warm and polite.
When my husband died very recently I phoned Distinct Cremations to get a quote. The gentleman I spoke to was so helpful and respectful. He gave all the information I needed without even having to ask. The service throughout was excellent. Would definitely recommend them.
A much easier way to plan for the unexpected
I spoke to a very knowledgeable lady who answered all my questions, I am very impressed with Distinct cremations.
Telephoned and a very helpful lady (Dee) answered all questions in a clear way,
124 reviews
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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 cremations 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 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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"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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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,

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:

  • Collecting your loved one in our private ambulances
  • Caring for them at our mortuary
  • Supporting you with the paperwork required
  • Arranging the cremation itself at one of our parent-company Westerleigh Group crematoriums
  • Personally returning the ashes

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.

Yes, as long you are over 18 you can take out a prepaid funeral plan for a direct cremation. We ask no medical questions and there are no screenings. You can see more on our funeral plans page.

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 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

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Help and guidance

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.

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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.

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Funeral guidance & support


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.

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