Reading direct cremations

Need to arrange a funeral in Reading? Our Reading funerals are delivered with the utmost care and start from just £1,199. Arrange a simple no-fuss funeral at our Reading crematorium.

At Distinct Cremations, we specialise in compassionate and straightforward funeral arrangements. Unlike more traditional Reading funeral directors, our attended or unattended funerals prioritise simplicity and affordability, but like any funeral director, care and dignity are our utmost priorities.

As part of the Westerleigh group, our network of UK crematoria provides over 70,000 cremations each year including Reading direct cremation funerals and the fulfilment of Reading funeral plans. Our West Berkshire crematorium is ideally situated 12 miles from Reading town centre for those organising a funeral in Reading, Thatcham, Pangbourne, Tadley, Newbury and the surrounding areas across Berkshire.

Our caring and compassionate customer service specialists are available to help you arrange a funeral 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01543 211997.

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We’re here for you whether you are looking for our direct cremation services today or planning for tomorrow.

Find our 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.


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.

Low Cost Funerals In Reading

Our Reading funeral services take place at West Berkshire Crematorium which is a 32 minute drive from Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1QH.

To arrange a funeral, call our compassionate team on 01543 211997

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12.5 miles from Reading
West Berkshire Crematorium Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4LD

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Our Berkshire funeral services are also available to all those in the surrounding areas and across mainland UK. Wherever you are, you can feel reassured that your loved ones will be professionally and compassionately looked after.

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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Werner 12 Jul 2024
Friendly, pulite and simply SUPER
Nikki 10 Jul 2024
There was nothing too difficult or no question too silly. Every care was taken with all the arrangements and I was kept up to date at all times. I sent through items which were quickly handled and was notified of their receipt and the actions made with them. Even changing things was never too much of a problem.
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.
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 30 May 2024
first class
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
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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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One of Reading’s best value direct cremation services, delivered with a caring and compassionate heart

Not only are our 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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If you are struggling to afford the costs of a funeral, you could be eligible for a Funeral Expenses Payment from the government to help you pay.

If you are not eligible for this financial help but would like low cost funeral services in Reading, our simple cremation funerals prioritise affordability without compromising on care. Our direct cremation funerals without attendees are available from just £1,199. Alternatively, if you and your family would like the tradition of saying a final goodbye, our attended cremation services costs from £1,599.

The most affordable funeral option available is a direct cremation funeral. This is a cremation that takes place without any mourners present. Our respectful direct cremation funeral services in Reading start from just £1,199. Prior to the cremation, the coffin is rested in the chapel with a chapel attendant present and a chosen piece of music can be played. The cremation then takes place and the ashes are personally returned to the preferred family member or friend.

If you are planning ahead for your own funeral, our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan for £1,699 is also available to those in the Reading area. You can pay for this funeral plan upfront or flexibly in instalments if you would like to spread the cost.

Our Reading funeral services let you arrange a funeral from your own home. You can research and choose the funeral option that suits you best on our website, then give our experienced and empathetic team a call on 01543 212000. Whilst our funerals can be arranged without needing to visit any physical premises, we have a nationwide network of 40 crematoriums so can provide flexibility in where our attended cremations are held.

Many of the traditional costs and formalities of a funeral are not necessary and can be removed in favour of a simple funeral. Our funeral services in Reading offer compassion at a low cost. For those looking for a funeral without fuss, direct cremation is the simplest option as it is a completely unattended service. Our direct cremation starts from just £1,199. Or if you and your family would like to be present at your loved one's funeral service, our attended cremations from £1,599 are pared back to the essential funeral elements and carried out with the utmost respect.

When you begin researching funeral services in Reading you may find the prices are higher than you expected. It's important to remember that a meaningful and personal send-off does not need to be expensive, adhere to tradition or contain any pomp and ceremony.

At Distinct Cremations, we offer simple, fuss-free Reading funeral services so you can avoid paying for costs associated with a funeral that you may not want. For example, we transport the deceased in our own private ambulances so you don't have to hire costly hearses or limousines. We also provide simple and respectful coffins and ashes containers rather than ornate options which can be expensive.

Our most affordable Unattended Cremation service starts from just £1,199 and takes place without mourners present so you can say goodbye to your loved one in your own time in a way that reflects their life instead. Or if you would like to be present at the cremation to pay your respects, our Intimate Cremation costs from £1,599.

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