Just cremation, no funerals have become increasingly more popular in recent times. But what is just cremation, no funeral? And how much does it cost? We explain more below.

What is just cremation, no funeral?

There are several options available when arranging a funeral, with traditional cremations and burials two common, popular choices. However, with the cost of a basic funeral now costing £4,141*, many more families are opting for just cremation, no funeral.

Just cremation, no funeral is a funeral without mourners and a service. Instead, the cremation provider will collect the deceased, care for them, prepare them for the cremation and then carry out the cremation itself.

With Distinct Cremations, regardless of whether a service is being held before the cremation or not, each individual in our care is treated with the utmost dignity. Before the cremation, the deceased is brought into the crematorium via the chapel and laid atop of the raised platform for a moment of quiet contemplation. Then the cremation takes place.

From there, our team will then personally hand deliver the ashes to the family within 14 days of the cremation. Then the family may like to host a memorial service to commemorate their loved one.

* The cost of a basic funeral at £4,141 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, sunlife.co.uk/ funeral-costs)

What is included in just cremation, no funeral?

  • An unattended cremation
  • 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 no funeral, just cremation?

  • 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 just cremation, no funeral 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 £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.


Just cremation 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

Can I just be cremated?

You can just be cremated without a funeral. The only legal obligation that exists is that a body must be disposed of, whether that's via cremation or a burial. There is no legal obligation for a service.

However, before going ahead with no funeral, just cremation, there are a few things that you should think about before making your decision. Tradition and religion are two common reasons why a family may not choose to have just cremation, and if this is important to you, or the deceased, then a cremation without a funeral may not be the choice for you.

But if tradition and religion aren't things standing in your way, then it's worth noting that just cremation is much more affordable option. If someone you know has died and you need to arrange a funeral shortly after their death, our direct cremations start from just £1,199.

Although just cremation, no funeral is significantly cheaper than a traditional funeral, your loved one is treated with dignity and respect and given all the proper accommodations. Our no fuss funeral services include the provision of a simple coffin, collection and care by Distinct Cremations’ experienced funeral team. We also offer the choice to have the deceased’s ashes scattered in our garden of remembrance or personally hand delivered at no extra charge.

If you’re thinking of just cremation, no funeral for your own funeral, planning one in advance is easy. Our funeral plans start from just £1,595 with guaranteed acceptance ensuring you have peace of mind knowing your cremation will be carried out the way you want it to.

Distinct Cremations

Arranging no funeral, just cremation 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 date of the cremation. 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 have purchased a funeral through Distinct Cremations.

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.
Received excellent service from Distinct Cremations. The passing of my stepfather was very distressing and emotional time for my family. David at DC kept us up to date with the arrangements, and talked us through each step of the plan, and kept the admin to a minimum. The cost of the Direct cremation was as advertised, which I found to be good value. Thank you everyone at DC.
Excellent service. Professional but still friendly considering the subject being discussed can be awkward for some people.
Very good very helpful customer service Price was very competitive overall very happy
Polite prompt friendly service
Great service, easy to arrange. Very friendly people
Very easy to set up.
Excellent service from Distinct Cremations. My contact was Kerry who was extremely efficient, polite, professional and thoughtful. Every step of my father's cremation was very well explained from start to finish with plenty of contact but only when required. Thank you for a smooth process. I have no issues at all with Distinct and my husband and I will be taking out a plan ourselves in the near future.
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