Funeral plans in Reading

Get your funeral planning arranged in advance with a Distinct Cremations funeral plan. Our prepaid funeral plans serve all those in Reading and the surrounding areas and are available from just £1,699. Payment is flexible as you also have the choice to pay over 12 months, 5 years or 10 years.

West Berkshire Crematorium, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4LD
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Nationwide funeral provider operating throughout mainland UK

If you're interested in preparing for the future, one of our Reading funeral plans may be ideal for you. A prepaid funeral plan lets you pay for a funeral in advance for yourself, a family member or a friend.

One of the benefits of getting a funeral plan is to protect yourself from rising funeral prices. Since 2004, in the southeast of England including the Reading area, funeral costs have more than doubled.* Pre-paying for a funeral plan also takes the organisational stress away from your family when the time comes.

As part of the Westerleigh group, we have 40 crematoriums across the UK where our prepayment funeral plans are fulfilled. So even if the person covered by the funeral plan moves out of the Reading area in future, their funeral will still go ahead exactly as planned, as long as they're still based somewhere in mainland UK.

* Based on the average cost of a funeral in the South East & East of England in 2004 (£2,109, SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2015) and in 2022 (£4,300, SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2023,

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Distinct Cremations

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 £1,099

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 £18.79** 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 £2,349.80 and includes administration fees.

Distinct Cremations

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

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Nearby Locations

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.

Distinct Cremations

At Distinct Cremations, our services allow you to have a funeral in two parts. Firstly, there is the cremation itself, which we take care of. We collect the deceased, carry out the cremation, and hand-deliver the ashes back making things as fuss and stress-free as possible for families. Secondly, there is the memorial service or celebration which the family organises. Loved ones can gather at a time and place of their choice to commemorate the deceased.

With our direct cremation, we allow families to say goodbye when they want, where they want and how they want. These are just some of the many places in Reading where you could consider having your memorial service.

Surrounded by history

A venue that's steeped in history can be a meaningful way to evoke memories and reflection. Reading is home to many historic locations like Reading Abbey ruins in the heart of the town.

In nature

Natural surroundings offer a peaceful and scenic way to remember a loved one. Forbury Gardens offer the opportunity to picnic on the beautifully maintained lawns.

A local venue

You might like to choose a venue located conveniently nearby. Many pubs, restaurants and hotels like the Roseate Hotel will have private rooms to accommodate your celebration of life.

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.

"Smooth and straightforward purchase with plenty of contact and feedback."

“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. Ty to all the teams involved"

"Quick and easy to arrange. Very good value. The information pack arrived days after I made my enquiry. It was so easy to arrange the plan that I wanted. The follow up call was very reassuring. I am very happy with the service provided."

"Already recommended to other family members. Easy to access and apply for a plan at a good price, and even better, in 20 years time there will be no additional cost. It's not a subject that anyone wants to think about but now I have it sorted it has given me peace of mind knowing my family won't have the worry or cost when that time comes, now I can forget it and enjoy many more years, highly recommended. Hassle free application that was completed in minutes but I'm not planning on using this plan anytime soon!!"

"I was very pleased with the prompt efficient service that I got, everything was explained to me, and the paperwork was easy to understand, and there was no pressure put on me for a decision. I would most certainly recommended this company for price and efficiency."

“Happy with everything. We were well pleased with the consultant Sarah Mills she was very helpful and made us feel very confident that we were doing the right thing about our funeral plan."

"Positive without being pushy. Easy to understand the scheme, helpful brochure and a realistic price. The staff I contacted were polite and professional. Great value. An ideal alternative for those of us who don't want a lot of fuss."

"I talked to the people at Distinct Cremations. They told me these days many of us don’t want to spend large sums of money on an elaborate funeral."

Sue Cook, TV Presenter

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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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When taking out one of our Reading funeral plans, it's completely understandable to want the security that your money is being looked after and the assurance that your funeral will go ahead. Distinct Funeral Plans Limited (DFPL) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). See our Keeping Your Money Safe{.link-primary} page for full information about how we keep our funeral plans safe.

We offer two options for basic funeral plans in Reading. Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan costs just £1,699 and provides a simple cremation that does not have any mourners present. Choosing this option allows your life to be celebrated in an alternative way without being limited by tradition. If you would prefer a more conventional funeral, our Intimate Cremation Plan is an attended cremation service and costs £2,099.

There are a number of different Reading funeral plans that could suit your personal funeral wishes. At Distinct Cremations, we specialise in simple, respectful low cost cremation funerals including direct cremation. Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan is available for £1,699 for those who would like their cremation to be carried out without attendees. Our Intimate Cremation Plan is available for £2,099 and includes a 10 minute service for 8 mourners. Our Private Cremation Plan is available for £2,299 and includes a 20 minute service for 20 mourners. Lastly, our Simple Funeral Plan includes a full length celebrant-led cremation service with no restrictions on the number of attendees.

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 funeral plan summary and terms & conditions.

We offer a number of different ways to pay for our funeral plans in Reading. For those who prefer to pay in full, we offer the option to pay upfront in a single payment. Or if you would rather split the cost of the payments so you're not paying as much in one go, we also offer the flexibility of paying in monthly instalments over 1, 5 or 10 years.

Yes, it is possible to plan your own funeral and doing so has a number of benefits. With our Reading funeral plans, you can pay for your funeral in advance to relieve your family of the financial burden when the time comes. Funeral planning ahead of time also gives you and your family peace of mind about what will happen and leaves no uncertainty about your wishes. Once your funeral plan in Reading is set up the price is set so you are protected from any future rises in funeral costs.

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