Simple funerals from just £995

A simple funeral is a farewell that is stripped back to the essentials, free of tradition, a procession, pomp and ceremony. With Distinct Cremations, you can have a simple funeral unattended or with 20 mourners present.

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What is a simple funeral?

A simple funeral is a low cost cremation for those looking for a farewell free of pomp and tradition. A farewell that is inclusive of the essentials, but nothing more.

Simple funerals include all the basics such as the collection of the deceased, the cremation itself and the return of the ashes, but they remove all the formalities such as the procession and ceremony.

At Distinct Cremations, we offer two types of simple funerals:

  • our Unattended Cremation which costs £995 or £1,595 for a funeral plan
  • our Personal Cremation which includes a 20 minute service for up to 20 people which costs £1,545 or £2,145 for a funeral plan

Call us on 01543 211 997 to speak to our compassionate team about your options today. We're here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What is included in a simple funeral?

  • An unattended cremation or 20 minute service with 20 attendees
  • 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 at one of our crematoria
  • Ashes scattered in the garden of remembrance or hand delivered within 14 days

What isn't included in a simple funeral?

  • 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 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.


Simple 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 does a simple funeral mean?

A simple funeral can mean different things to different people. It can be attended or an unattended funeral, it can include a service or not include a service. But one common theme is that a simple funeral includes little more than the essentials.

That means there is no procession, no limousine and no hearse. Instead, the coffin is taken to the crematorium via a private ambulance and rested on the catafalque by the funeral team.

The same care, dignity and compassion is dutifully carried out by the team from collection right through to the return of the ashes. But there are no frills and no extravagance. Just a low stress, no fuss funeral which costs on average 75% less*** than a traditional funeral cremation.

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

Distinct Cremations

Arranging a simple funeral 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.

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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