The rising cost of funerals in the UK means prepaid funeral plans, particularly for direct cremations, are becoming more and more popular. Paying for your own funeral in advance means cremation costs are covered and your family won’t be left to foot the bill. This means it’s important to compare funeral plans so that you know exactly what is covered, and what you may need to pay extra for.

To help you find the best and cheapest funeral plan on the market, in the funeral plan comparison table below you can see what's included in the plans of five funeral providers.

With so many options out there to choose from, we know how difficult it can be to compare funeral plans and work out the cheapest cremation plan. So in the table below we look at the price, what’s included in each plan and additional extras to make finding the perfect funeral plan that bit easier.

Alternatively, if you need to arrange a funeral today or in the near future, you can compare direct cremation costs.

Unattended Cremation Plan Product Feature Pure Cremation Memoria Affordable Funerals Avalon Funeral Plans Celebration of Life
Price (not including extras) £1,699 £1,895 £1,695 £1,785 £1,450
Cancellation fee £95 fee £350 fee £299 fee £395 fee £350 fee
Bringing deceased into care from any place of death throughout mainland Great Britain, 24 hours a day greentick greentick greentick greentick greentick
Doctor's fee for medical cause of death certificate greentick greentick greentick redcross
£82 extra
Removal of pacemaker, medical implants or artificial limbs greentick greentick greentick redcross greentick
Provision of standard coffin greentick greentick greentick greentick greentick
No charge for oversized coffin greentick greentick redcross
£250 extra
greentick greentick
Transport of deceased greentick greentick greentick greentick greentick
Notification of the date of the cremation greentick greentick redcross redcross greentick
Crematorium fee included greentick greentick greentick greentick greentick
Viewing of the deceased redcross redcross redcross redcross redcross
Owns own mortuary and crematorium facilities greentick greentick greentick redcross redcross
Personal return of ashes included greentick greentick greentick redcross greentick
Ashes return guaranteed within 14 days greentick greentick redcross
£175 extra
redcross redcross

All information correct as of 14/03/2024

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Distinct Cremations are specialists in fuss-free, dignified farewells. Our free guide reveals how you can reduce the stress and expense of a traditional funeral.

The guide outlines what is included in the plan, payment options, how to take one out and what will be included in your customer pack.

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What is a funeral plan?

A prepaid funeral plan allows you to pay in advance for the exact services you want while you are still able to do so and avoids leaving your family with any unexpected costs when the time comes.

What are the benefits of a funeral plan?

The major benefit of having a funeral plan in place is that costs are frozen at the current market rate. This means your funeral is protected against any price increases and can be paid off in plenty of time.

The cost of a funeral has increased by 53% since 2010.* But with a funeral plan, you can secure today's prices for the future.

Funeral plans are perfect for those looking to safeguard their future. It removes the uncertainty around your wishes and relieves some of the pressure your loved ones may feel when arranging a funeral. i * Increase is based on the cost of a basic funeral in 2010 (£2,713) and the cost of a basic funeral in 2023 (£4,141) (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024,

What costs are covered in a funeral plan?

No two funeral plans are the same. Although there are many similar things covered, what you want to include in your funeral plan and what you want to spend is down to you and your family. The first thing to decide on is the type of service you need and which package you'd like.

When you follow your instinct with Distinct Cremations, you have four options. We offer an Unattended Direct Cremation Plan, two Small Attended Cremation Plans and a Simple Funeral Plan.

All of our prepaid funeral plans cover the essentials - a coffin, a temporary ashes container, the cremation, the doctor's fee, return of the ashes and much more.

Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan at £1,699 is our cheapest cremation plan and offers a simple, no-fuss unattended cremation. Or you can choose to have a family-led funeral with up to 8 attendees and a 10 minute service or up to 20 attendees and a 20 minute service by choosing one of our Small Attended Cremation Plans from £2,099. For a full-length celebrant-led service with no restriction on the number of mourners in attendance, we also offer our Simple Funeral Plan.

The funeral plan costs can be broken down into monthly payments and acceptance is guaranteed if you are over 18.

At Distinct Cremations, we offer the best direct cremation funeral plan on the market for the best price. To get your plan in place, you can speak to our expert team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alternatively, if you need to arrange a funeral today or in the near future, you can compare direct cremation costs.

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Why choose a Direct Cremation with Distinct?

Find Peace of Mind

We’ll take care of everything, so your family don’t need to - from collection to the paperwork and right through to cremation

Highest Quality

We have the Distinct advantage of only investing in the best funeral and mortuary care at our state of the art facilities

24/7 Support

Our highly experienced, attentive customer service specialists are here for you & your family 24/7. We’re here whenever you need us

Available Nationwide

No matter where you live in the UK mainland, our specialist direct cremations are available for the same price

Dedication to Direct Cremation

We focus solely on direct cremations across mainland England, Wales and Scotland, offering the highest quality nationwide for the best price

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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Distinct Cremations leave out the funeral fuss and needless extras but leave in great service and a wonderfully caring attitude. That’s why my instinct is Distinct.

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