Cremation without a funeral service from just £995

A cremation without a funeral service takes place without a procession, ceremony, attendees and a funeral service. You can arrange a cremation without a funeral service with us for just £995, inclusive of cremation fees, collection of the deceased, and hand return of ashes.

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What is a cremation without a funeral service?

Cremations without a funeral service, also referred to as a direct cremation, are becoming more and more popular. Unlike funeral ceremonies in the traditional sense, there is no service, no procession, no flowers, no cars, no viewing of the deceased and no attendance at the crematorium itself.

Instead, for cremations only funerals, we deal with all the arrangements so the family can be with their nearest and dearest. We collect the deceased, we care for them at our purpose-built mortuary facility, we carry out the cremation and then personally deliver the ashes to the family. From here, the family can arrange a memorial service dedicated to their loved one at a separate time.

A cremation without a funeral emphasises simplicity whilst keeping the highest standards of care. It is an affordable no-fuss funeral option.

With Distinct Cremations, our cremations are available for £995 if you need to arrange a funeral or £1,595 for a funeral plan.

What is included in a cremation without a funeral service?

  • An unattended cremation only funeral
  • Collection of the deceased from a hospital or coroner's mortuary in office hours, weekdays
  • Care at our professional mortuary
  • 24/7 support
  • Help with all legal and cremation paperwork
  • Prepare the deceased for cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn
  • Removal of artificial mechanisms & pacemakers
  • Respectful cremation only at one of our crematoria
  • Ashes scattered in the garden of remembrance or hand delivered within 14 days

What isn't included in a cremation without a funeral service?

  • Attendance of mourners
  • A funeral service or procession
  • Choice of crematorium
  • Choice of time
  • Embalming
  • Viewing of the deceased
  • Special requests such as memorials, flowers, catering or obituaries
Distinct Cremations

Whether your loved one has died or you’re planning a prepaid cremation without ceremony arrangements for the future, we’re on hand to deliver a first-class service fulfilled with care and compassion.

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

Arrange a funeral

From £995

Whether your loved one has died or is close to passing, 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.


Unattended funeral plans

From £1,595 or £18.15** per month

Relax knowing that the arrangements are agreed and paid for. There are no medical questions and acceptance is guaranteed. You can also pay in monthly instalments.

** Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £2,273 and includes administration fees.

Get in touch with us today

Whether you're wanting to arrange a funeral today, interested in funeral plans, or looking for something else, our customer service specialists are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

Call on 01543 212 000

What is involved in a cremation without a funeral with Distinct Cremations?

At Distinct Cremations, when someone dies, our expert team collect the deceased using our specialised funeral ambulances. Once collected, they are respectfully transported to our purpose-built mortuary facility, where they’re washed, dressed and placed in a coffin.

In the meantime, our customer service specialist guides the family through the arrangements and supports them with all the paperwork. The customer service specialist will let the family know when and where the cremation will be taking place and they will give them a call after the cremation.

The cremation without a funeral service will then take place at one of our national network of crematoria. Even though the cremation will not have any attendees or a funeral service, the coffin is brought through the front chapel entrance by our trained professional staff, and then placed on the catafalque. The chapel attendant and staff bow before the coffin, while a selected piece of music chosen by the family is played.

Once the cremation has taken place, ashes are either gently scattered in our landscaped garden of remembrance or personally delivered to the family so they can remember the deceased in the way they wish.

Although there’s no ceremony or funeral service on the day of the cremation, this doesn’t mean a memorial service can’t take place at a different time. In fact, many families, who choose a cremation without a funeral service decide to hold a memorial service at a later date, often with ashes present.

Distinct Cremations

Arranging a cremation without a funeral service with Distinct Cremations is straightforward. If you need any help, our customer service specialists are available 24/7 for any of your questions.

1. Call us

You can call us any time of the day, 365 days a year, and we will collect the deceased from the place of death and bring them into our care.

Call on 01543 212 000

2. Paperwork guidance

Whilst we care for the deceased, our customer service specialists will contact the family to book the cremation and complete all the paperwork.

Our care for the deceased

3. Cremation and ashes

We will tell you the unattended cremation date. The deceased's ashes then can then be returned to you at no extra cost.

Hand delivery of the ashes

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

Not only are our low cost 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.

My caring team are here 24/7 to support you through the most difficult of times

Sarah Anderson

Customer Service Manager

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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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