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Our funeral guidance covers all aspects of funeral arrangements, whether you're organising a funeral for a loved one who has died or pre-planning and paying for a funeral ahead of time.

Use our articles below to answer your questions or help you with your research to inform your decisions.

Questions our customers ask

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What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is a simple fuss-free cremation without the costs, and stress associated with arranging a traditional funeral. For many, a direct cremation allows them to separate the cremation from the celebration of the deceased’s life, allowing them a dignified opportunity to say goodbye in a way that better suits them.

What is a direct cremation?

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What is the cheapest cremation?

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.

What is the cheapest cremation?

How long does a cremation take?

Typically, it takes 1-3 hours for a body to be cremated, but that depends on what type of funeral you're having. To help you understand the process better, here's a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from a cremation.

How long does a cremation take?

Can you attend a direct cremation?

Yes, you can attend a direct cremation. Though most direct cremations are unattended, with Distinct Cremations you can attend a direct cremation with services lasting up to 20 minutes for 20 people.

Can you attend a direct cremation?
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Whether you're preparing for a loved one's death or thinking about your own, there are a number of aspects you can arrange beforehand.

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Holding hands

Understanding what you need to do when someone dies, and when to do it, can help ease the stress and confusion you may be experiencing.

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Here are our guides, articles and helpful information to make the process of arranging a funeral that bit easier.

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Personalise a funeral

Get help with organising a funeral for a loved one and ideas for how to make a funeral service more personal.

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Cremation Distinct

Take a look at the types of funeral services available, from direct cremations to traditional funerals, and the funeral types we offer.

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There are a number of charities and helplines doing great work for those recently bereaved:

Samaritans (Call: 116 123) - Free 24/7 support for anyone needing any kind of emotional support

Cruse (Call: 0808 808 1677) - Free helpline supporting those suffering with bereavement or loss

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (Call: 0300 111 5065) - UK support line meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide

Veterans UK (Call: 0808 191 4218) - Government-ran support organisation providing free support for veterans and their families

Age UK (Call: 0800 678 1602) - The UK's leading charity helping millions of older people with support, companionship and advice

The Silver Line (Call: 0800 470 8090) - Free 24/7 helpline for older people struggling with loneliness, sadness or lowness

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