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Our most popular and fully-inclusive unattended prepaid direct cremation plan covers everything you will need. When you trust your instinct with Distinct, it's 100% guaranteed that your family will not have to pay more.

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Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan

Plan your funeral and pay for it in advance with our prepaid direct cremation plans. Our most affordable and popular prepaid cremation plan includes all the essentials needed to carry out a dignified direct cremation in a high-quality crematorium.

The cremation is unattended so family and friends can hold a memorial at a time and place to suit them. The cremation cost can be broken down into affordable monthly payments and acceptance is guaranteed.

If you would like mourners in attendance at the funeral, our Small Attended Cremation Plans offer this. You can also choose to have a full celebrant-led cremation funeral by taking out our Simple Funeral Plan. If you have any questions about any of our funeral plans, please don't hesitate to call us on 01543 211997.

What's included for £1,699

  • An unattended cremation
  • Collection of the deceased 24/7 from anywhere in the UK mainland
  • Care at our state-of-the-art professional mortuary
  • Removal of pacemakers, artificial mechanisms and medical implants
  • Help with all legal and cremation paperwork
  • Doctor's fee
  • 24/7 support from our customer service team
  • Transport of the deceased via private ambulance
  • Preparation of the deceased for cremation
  • Coffin rested in the chapel with a chapel attendant or funeral operative present
  • Respectful and dignified cremation
  • A simple coffin
  • Extra large coffin if required
  • Ashes scattered in our crematorium remembrance gardens or personally hand-delivered within 14 days
  • Temporary ashes container for easy scattering
  • An option to Go Greener

What's not included

  • Attendance of mourners
  • A funeral service or procession
  • Choice of date and time of cremation
  • Choice of crematorium
  • Embalming
  • Viewing of the deceased
  • Celebrant or officiant fees
  • A hearse or limousines
  • Cost of repatriation from outside mainland Great Britain
  • Special requests such as memorials, flowers, catering or obituaries
  • Any additional charges (such as VAT) passed to us due to changes in the law, tax rules or legislation that affect the way cremations are carried out



For full details of what is and is not covered, please read our funeral plan summary and terms & conditions.

For additional pricing information and a full list of our optional extras, please see our price list.

Need to make immediate funeral arrangements? Please see our Unattended Cremation service.

Set up an Unattended Direct Cremation Plan

Protect your family from future price rises and unexpected funeral bills by pre-paying for your funeral. If you’ve decided that you'd like to set up an unattended prepaid direct cremation plan, you can start the process below.

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For more information about our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan, give our caring Customer Service Specialists a call on 01543 211997.

Why not add our Go Greener option?

Our optional extra can be added for £100 and includes:

  • A coffin made from wood fibre containing a mix of virgin recovered and recycled fibre - a coffin that uses up to 80% fewer trees to produce
  • Carbon offsetting of the Distinct Cremations service
  • A tree planted as a natural solution to tackle climate change
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Choose how to pay

You can pay for an unattended prepaid direct cremation plan in one single payment or over 12 months. Acceptance is guaranteed if you are over 18 and there are no medical questions or upper age limits.

If you are aged between 50 & 74, you can also pay over 5 or 10 years for a lower monthly payment.

Single payment or over 12 months

  • Acceptance is guaranteed if you're over 18 years old with no upper age limit
  • Once full payment is made the services in the plan are 100% guaranteed
  • Money is transferred into the Distinct Funeral Plans Trust, independent of Distinct Cremations
  • If you pay over 12 months, you can add a deposit if you wish, and your monthly payments will be reduced accordingly
  • Receive all of your money back if you cancel within 30 days and your money back minus a £95 cancellation fee if you cancel after 30 days
  • Payments are fixed over 12 months protecting you from inflation and we do not add fees
  • The plan has to be paid in full before the cremation is guaranteed to be covered

Paying for a plan over 5 or 10 years

  • Acceptance is guaranteed for anyone aged between 50 & 74
  • Low monthly payments - depending on your age
  • Guaranteed to cover the costs in your plan after just 12 months, meaning that if you pass away before you have finished paying, your plan is guaranteed with no further payments required
  • Payments are fixed for the term protecting you from inflation
  • Full cover provided for accidental death from day one
  • Money-back guarantee if you decide to cancel in the first 12 months
  • You must continue to make your payments for the full period or to end of life if earlier, otherwise you will lose the benefit
  • You will pay more for your plan overall compared to paying with a single payment or spreading the cost over 12 months
  • If you cancel after 12 months of the plan start date, you will not receive any money back

Get your free guide now

Distinct Cremations are specialists in affordable and dignified farewells. Our free funeral plan guide explains how you can avoid the stress and expense of a traditional funeral.

The guide outlines what our low cost prepaid direct cremation plans include, the payment options available, how to take out a plan and what will be in your customer pack.

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How our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan works

Safeguard your future, remove the uncertainty about your wishes and relieve some of the pressure your loved ones may feel when arranging a funeral with our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan. You can also set up your plan online or call us on 01543 211997. We're here for you and your questions.

Once you've chosen your plan, here's what to expect.

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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John 27 Jun 2024
It was polite, patient and thorough. i was given as much time as I needed to reach a decision.Completely
Anon 27 Jun 2024
The service was first class. Signing up was easy to complete and the follow up call to ensure every thing was as we had expected was a nice personal touch.
Anon 30 May 2024
first class
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
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 25 Mar 2024
Excellent service. Professional but still friendly considering the subject being discussed can be awkward for some people.
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Words from those who've used Distinct Cremations at their time of need

At Distinct Cremations, we take pride in providing a personal and dignified service for every single family who needs our services during their time of need.

Below are a selection of reviews from some of those families who've had a direct cremation or an attended cremation service carried out by Distinct Cremations.

Samantha Helen Watts

"An amazing company. From my first contact with Maxine I have received the most considerate, kind, helpful and supportive service I could wish for. She has been there at every step, always ready to answer my questions and keep me informed of what is happening. A great service for those who want to have a celebration of life, without all the fuss of a normal funeral service."

Elizabeth Schonborn

"I have lost two dear friends in the past year that lived on their own like myself. The difference though is that they were totally alone on this world with no family and asked me if I would see that they got buried. In both cases I had to take care of everything suddenly as both were total unexpected deaths. The affordability is a big factor for me as I had to suddenly pay for these cremations. One does not want to talk money at times like this, but one has to be realistic. One died in hospital and the other was so sudden that there was a post mortem done. 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."

Robert Moran

"Easy to use and very helpful. Very easy to use their services and always called with updates. Sorry to say I've had to use their services twice now and I've already booked my own service. On both times I've used this service I've been kept informed by calls to everything going on. All my requests were made to feel like no trouble whatsoever, happy to help attitude made what was a very emotional time pass with no problems. Thank you to all the teams involved."

Jane Harper

"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 opted for a short attended service at the crematorium, which was perfect for our small family and gave us the opportunity to say our final goodbyes to Mum. We chose three songs and a recording to be played during our allotted time-slot. An attendant was present throughout, showing us into the chapel and remaining discreetly at the back during the service. We did not feel rushed and felt we could have stayed longer if we'd wanted. A couple of weeks later, Mum's ashes were delivered directly to our home, which was all part of the service provided by Distinct Cremations."

Yes, you can arrange your own direct cremation funeral with a direct cremation funeral plan. Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan includes everything needed for a respectful unattended cremation. The plan also includes the return of the ashes so that your family has the option to hold a memorial event separate to the cremation itself.

A direct cremation funeral plan lets you choose and pay for an unattended funeral ahead of time. Planning your own funeral protects your family from funeral costs and ensures your wishes are known for the type of funeral you'd like. If you know you'll be the one making funeral arrangements for someone else in future, you can take out a funeral plan for them for peace of mind.

When the time comes we'll carry out every part of the process and deliver the ashes to your family at no extra cost. Our funeral plans include cremation, fees, collection, care, return of the ashes and much more. For full details of what is and is not covered with our different funeral plan options, please read our price list and terms & conditions.

We provide a simple light oak style coffin.

This can be upgraded to an environmentally friendly coffin made using recycled and recovered wood as part of our Go Greener add on.

At Distinct Cremations, we offer both unattended and attended funeral plans delivered with dignity and care.

Our funeral plans include every aspect of the cremation arrangements so when the time comes there will be nothing more for your family to pay. We deliver all of the services ourselves including transport, care at our mortuary, cremation at one of our crematoriums and the return of the ashes. Our caring team is there to offer support throughout with both paperwork and making the arrangements.

Yes, a direct cremation funeral plan lets you pay for an unattended direct cremation in advance. With our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan you have the option to pay upfront or in instalments over 1, 5, or 10 years. Your money is kept secure in a trust fund or if you are paying over 5 or 10 years it is protected by Scottish Friendly who are an authorised and regulated insurance provider.

All of our ashes are returned in a simple biodegradable container which can be upgraded to a wooden urn for an additional cost.

You’ll typically receive your documents within five working days of taking out the plan.

For plans payable over 5 or 10 years we incur additional administration expenses for collecting the monthly instalments and for the purchase and administration of a “whole of life” policy from Scottish Friendly - an authorised and regulated insurance provider. If you die after 12 months of the start of your funeral plan, but before you have paid all your instalments, there is nothing more to pay.

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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

Small Attended Cremation Plans

From £2,099
or £25.23+ per month

Two simple service options for a family-led send off

  • A 10 minute service for up to 8 attendees OR
  • A 20 minute service for up to 20 attendees
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Simple Funeral Plan

From £2,999
or £37.45++ per month

A respectful cremation funeral led by a celebrant

  • Unrestricted number of attendees
  • A full length service at the crematorium
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+ Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £3,027.60 and includes administration fees. ++ Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £4,494 and includes administration fees.