Types of Funerals

There are many different types of funeral available, from direct cremations to traditional funerals. Take a look below at the types of funeral services available in the UK today, and the funeral types we offer at Distinct Cremations.

Types of Funerals in the UK

Funerals no longer have to be traditional affairs. In 2023, you and your loved ones have the opportunity to say goodbye in whichever way you please by choosing a type of funeral that suits your family.

Traditional funerals remain the most common option, but there are now more fuss-free, cheaper options available such as direct cremations which have risen sharply in popularity in recent years - in 2018, direct cremations were favoured by just 2% of the UK population, by 2022, that had risen to 18%*. A direct cremation is a simple cremation that is usually unattended without any mourners present and on average is 75%** cheaper than a traditional cremation funeral.

There are also the emerging eco options, like woodland burials and eco burials. Currently these don’t have a widespread availability, but they are rising in popularity and availability.

* SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2023, sunlife.co.uk/funeral-costs
** 75% saving is based on the cost of a basic funeral at £3,953 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2023, sunlife.co.uk/ funeral-costs) vs the cost of a Distinct Cremations direct cremation at £995

Funeral types with Distinct Cremations

At Distinct Cremations, we specialise in low cost funerals. Below are a number of different names for our services.

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The steps involved in a cremation with Distinct Cremations

At Distinct Cremations, we take care of all the arrangements. From arranging the funeral to making sure all your paperwork has been filled in correctly. From the collection of the deceased, right through to the hand-delivery of the ashes. And everything in between.

With expert guidance on-hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our customer service and funeral teams at Distinct Cremations will help with all your funeral arrangements as you need them, when you need them.

Funeral planning is never an easy task, but our team can help ease the load.

We’re here for you 24/7. You can call us on 0808 134 5865 before a passing to give you and your loved ones time to prepare or you can call us when the time comes. All we need from you is some basic information to start getting your cremation arrangements in place.

Our caring team will collect the deceased from anywhere in the mainland UK, whether your loved one is at home, in a care home or at a hospital. The deceased will be then taken to our professional mortuary facilities before cremation.

We will prepare your loved one for cremation, bathe them, remove any artificial items and dress your loved one upon request. We will then lay them to rest in the coffin, transport them to the crematorium and we will inform you of the date of cremation.

The cremation will take place at one of our 40 crematoriums in the UK. The coffin is taken through the front door, rested on the catafalque while a song of your choice is played or a moment of silence is respected, then the cremation takes place.

The ashes will be hand-delivered back to you within 14 days or scattered in the garden of remembrance upon request. You may then like to arrange a memorial service or celebration of life to toast the life of your loved one.

Traditional Funerals

Traditional funerals are still favoured by the majority of people in the UK. A traditional funeral usually has a fixed format and can last anywhere between 20-50 minutes depending on the type of tradition that is adhered to. Hearses and limousines are usually included within a traditional funeral, as is help and coordination from a funeral director.

Traditional cremation

Traditional cremation

Inclusive of a service and is open to as many people as the crematorium can hold. A procession with hearses and limousines may be included depending on the family's wishes.

Traditional burial

Traditional Burial

Includes a service, a ceremony, mourners and a procession depending on the family's choice. Differs from a cremation as the deceased is placed in the ground at a gravesite with a headstone.

Religious funeral

Religious Funeral

Presided over by a religious leader to guide the mourners through the service. Will likely have a service and procession, and could be a burial or cremation depending on the deceased's faith.

Green funerals

Though green funerals are still not widely available in every county in the UK, there is a growing appetite for a more environmentally friendly farewell as people become more conscious of their carbon footprint. Below are a few ways people are having green funerals in the UK.

Woodland burial

Wooden heart ornament left resting against a tree in remembrance of a loved one buried nearby

A woodland burial is an environmentally friendly way of laying the body in the ground by using a biodegradable coffin or casket. They come with the option of a ceremony or procession.

Tree pod burial

Tree pod burial

A tree pod burial allows the deceased to be buried in the foetal position in a biodegradable pod. The pod is then buried with a tree planted above acting like a headstone.

Water cremation

Water Cremation

Not currently available in the UK but popular in other parts of the world, with a water cremation the body is placed in a pressurised tank and pressed into powder.

Memorials and ways to remember a loved one after the funeral

Following a funeral, most families like to have a memorial service at a place that was special to the deceased or have something made up to remember them by. From having a memorial service at the local pub to having a custom piece of jewellery made in a loved one's honour, there are many ways to remember a loved one - here are a few ideas.

Memorial ideas

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Losing a loved one is a challenging and emotional experience. One way to honour their memory is by creating a gift like a piece of jewellery that is meaningful or planting a tree in the deceased's honour.

Memorial ideas

Memorial service ideas

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A memorial service is a final farewell to the deceased which is attended by family and friends. This could take place somewhere special like the local pub or maybe a sports club which was significant to the deceased.

Memorial service ideas

Plan a memorial service

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Planning a memorial service isn't always straightforward. In our guide, we'll provide you with practical information on how to organise a memorial service whether you're pre-planning for yourself or for a loved one close to your heart.

Planning a memorial service

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At Distinct Cremations, we provide no fuss cremations and cheap cremations which are simple to arrange, affordable and delivered with care, dignity and respect.

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Funeral plans

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A prepaid funeral plan gives you peace of mind knowing that funeral costs are covered. Acceptance is guaranteed with no medical questions, and plans start from just £1,595.

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How it works

Cremation with Distinct

We guide you through the steps of a low cost cremation, from bringing the deceased into our care to the hand delivery of the ashes, while keeping you in touch each step of the way.

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One of the UK’s best value direct cremation services, delivered with a caring and compassionate heart

Not only are our funerals carried out with love and care, but we also offer one of the UK’s best value services.

From your very first phone call, right through to the hand delivery of the ashes, you can rest assured that you will be in the most caring and attentive hands with Distinct Cremations

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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 or purchased a funeral plan through 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."

"Great service and easy to fill in forms. Everything you need to take care of my unattended funeral leaving the family to celebrate my life with everything taken care of by Distinct Cremations."

"The help and support I received was phenomenal. In both cases, my friends were fetched from where they were and it was all sorted by Distinct Cremations personnel themselves. I can only say that I have just paid for my own cremation too and feel very relieved that it would make things so much easier for my children that live all over the world. I can really recommend making a timely decision about what happens after you die. This will bring immense peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones that stay behind."

"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.”

“Exceptional service, everything was taken care of by kind and considerate staff making a very difficult time easier to bear by removing the stress of organising and planning a funeral. We can now plan how to celebrate my father's life together as a family and at a time of our choosing. Everything was taken care of with the staff involved keeping me informed at every stage, they made me feel that Dad was being cared for.”

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