Yes, it's possible to have a cremation without a funeral. Unlike traditional funerals, cremations without funeral services have no funeral procession, flowers or cars and no attendance of mourners at the crematorium itself.

You can arrange a cremation without a funeral service with us for just £1,199, including cremation fees, collection of the deceased, and return of their ashes.

What is a cremation without a funeral service?

Cremations without a funeral service, also referred to as direct cremation or cremations only, are becoming more and more popular. Unlike funeral ceremonies in the traditional sense, there is no service or attendance of friends and family at the crematorium itself.

Instead, for cremation only funerals, we deal with all the arrangements so the family can take time to mourn in their own way. We collect the deceased, care for them at our purpose-built mortuary facility, 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 £1,199 if you need to arrange a funeral or £1,699 for a funeral plan.

What is included in a cremation without a funeral service?

An unattended cremation only funeral with Distinct Cremations includes:

  • Collection of the deceased
  • Care at our professional mortuary
  • 24/7 customer service support
  • Help with all legal and cremation paperwork
  • Preparation of the deceased for cremation
  • A simple coffin and ashes container
  • Removal of artificial mechanisms & pacemakers
  • Respectful cremation at one of our crematoria
  • Ashes scattered in the garden of remembrance or personally returned within 14 days

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

A cremation without a funeral excludes:

  • 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 an unattended cremation

From £1,199

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 £1,699 or £19.44** 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 £2,332.80 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

Why choose a cremation without a ceremony?

Choosing a cremation without a funeral instead of a traditional service has several advantages.

When you choose a funeral without a ceremony you benefit from:

  • Low funeral costs - unattended direct cremation is the cheapest type of funeral
  • Avoiding unnecessary extras that don't suit your loved one
  • Less stress - making complex arrangements may be difficult logistically and emotionally
  • Having more time to bring family and friends together to celebrate your loved one's life in a more personal way

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

  1. We collect the deceased.

    At Distinct Cremations, when someone dies our expert team, experienced in facilitating both attended funerals and cremations only, collects 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.

  2. Our customer service specialists are here for you.

    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.

  3. The cremation takes place.

    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.

  4. The ashes are scattered or hand delivered.

    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.

  5. A memorial service is organised.

    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.

Can you get a prepaid cremation without a ceremony?

Every cremation only funeral with Distinct Cremations can be purchased as a prepaid funeral plan.

All of our fuss-free funeral plans include:

  • Essential funeral director services including help with all legal and cremation paperwork
  • Collection by private ambulance and preparation for cremation at our state-of-the-art mortuary facilities
  • A coffin and respectful cremation at one of our own crematoriums
  • Ashes personally delivered back to the family within 14 days or respectfully scattered at the crematorium.

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How much does a cremation only funeral cost?

A cremation without a ceremony is the cheapest funeral option. However, the cheaper cost doesn't mean compromising on dignity or care for your loved one.

At Distinct Cremations, our professional teams personally deliver all of our own services so we can ensure quality of care throughout. A cremation only funeral plan starts from just £1,699 and can be paid in a single payment or in monthly instalments over 12 months, 5 years or 10 years.

If you need to arrange a cremation without a funeral today, the price starts from just £1,199.

Our comparison tables let you compare direct cremation costs and compare funeral plan costs and what we include against other providers.

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.

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

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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 followed their instinct with Distinct and chose to buy a funeral with us.

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Mark 21 May 2024
Excellent communication, very helpful and we got just what we wanted in a service. Highly recommended and we will use again. Mark Oliver
Anon 2 May 2024
Service very efficient, and comprehensive. Understandably, you "chased me up" when there was a delay in my response to place an order, but this delay was whilst I contacted all those relatives who might have had a view to express.
Anon 24 Apr 2024
I was very happy with the service I received and they are only a phone call away if I or my sons should need advice or help in any way
Wendy 8 Apr 2024
This is a good company, the cremation was dealt with very smoothly without any problems. The staff were very courteous and professional throughout. Everything was explained over the phone and they were very patient answering my questions. The ashes were delivered on time to my door. Highly recommended.
Anon 7 Apr 2024
They gave a superb service, they were very professional from start to finish, but also friendly and empathetic too, at what was a very difficult time for myself and the family
Anon 6 Apr 2024
Dee was lovely and understanding and advice was easy to understand
Anon 5 Apr 2024
Very kind and helpful lady. She talked me through everything that I asked her about.
Anon 1 Apr 2024
From the very first phone call I felt things were going to be handled well. Kindness compassion and helpful ness were shown throughout. I was kept informed about all the details and the person delivering the ashes was so respectful and kind taking the time to ask about my husbands life. This is who will handle my cremation.
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