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An unattended cremation is a great choice for those looking for a simple, low cost direct cremation without the formality of a traditional funeral. Unattended cremations take place with no service or mourners present at our high-quality crematoria where dignified care is guaranteed throughout.

Distinct Cremations

What's included for £1,199

  • An unattended cremation
  • Collection of the deceased from a hospital or coroner's mortuary on weekdays in office hours (8am - 6pm)
  • Care at our state-of-the-art professional mortuary
  • Removal of pacemakers, artificial mechanisms and medical implants
  • Preparation of the deceased for cremation
  • Help with all legal and cremation paperwork
  • 24/7 support from our customer service team
  • Transport of the deceased via private ambulance
  • A simple coffin
  • Coffin rested in the chapel with a chapel attendant or funeral operative present
  • Respectful and dignified cremation
  • Ashes scattered in our crematorium remembrance gardens or personally hand delivered within 14 days
  • Temporary ashes container for easy scattering

What's not included

  • Attendance of mourners
  • A funeral service or procession
  • Viewing of the deceased
  • Choice of crematorium
  • Choice of cremation time
  • Doctor's fee (Fee of £82)
  • XXL coffin (Fee of £150)
  • Collection outside office hours or from a location other than a hospital or coroner's mortuary (Fee of £250)


Alternatively, view our price list or our CMA standardised price list to get a full breakdown of everything that's included and not included. For further details, please read our terms & conditions.

Our dedication to care and quality

Whichever funeral option you choose, we’ll give your loved one a compassionate send-off that respects their dignity. We are experts in direct cremations and simple funerals, all of which are caringly delivered by dedicated professionals.

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Every one of our funerals guarantees:

  • Complete end-to-end service delivered by our teams
    We use our own private ambulances, mortuary facilities and crematoriums. This means we look after your loved one personally at every stage to guarantee quality service.

  • State-of-the-art mortuary care
    Our team meticulously prepare your loved one for cremation and care for them on a daily basis using the best mortuary technology.

  • A respectful farewell at the crematorium chapel
    At all services, an attendant or funeral operative is present whilst your loved one is brought into the chapel to your choice of music.

  • Ashes returned or scattered at no extra cost
    The individually identified and tracked ashes will be hand delivered back to you at home within 14 days or scattered at the crematorium.

How we care for your loved one

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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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.

Sue Cook, TV Presenter

Call on 01543211997

Arrange an unattended cremation

To arrange an unattended direct cremation straight away, call our experienced and caring Customer Service Specialists.

If your loved one is near to death and you would like more information before making funeral arrangements, you can also download a free guide to our funeral services.

Call us on 01543 212000

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.

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.
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
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.
Received excellent service from Distinct Cremations. The passing of my stepfather was very distressing and emotional time for my family. David at DC kept us up to date with the arrangements, and talked us through each step of the plan, and kept the admin to a minimum. The cost of the Direct cremation was as advertised, which I found to be good value. Thank you everyone at DC.
Excellent service from Distinct Cremations. My contact was Kerry who was extremely efficient, polite, professional and thoughtful. Every step of my father's cremation was very well explained from start to finish with plenty of contact but only when required. Thank you for a smooth process. I have no issues at all with Distinct and my husband and I will be taking out a plan ourselves in the near future.
Having very short notice I contacted Maxine at distinct cremations who showed empathy and compassion throughout the process of arranging and carrying out my fathers wishes. With just the right amount of updates as to progress along the way and always extremely courteous and understanding. A fantastic service which I will be arranging for myself in the near future. I could not think how the service they offer could be any bett.er.
Distinct Cremations were most helpful and empathetic to my situation. They explained fully what each package included and made helpful suggestions to guide me through a traumatic and emotional stage of my life.. They made sure, every step of the way, that my requirements were met and all the people I spoke were extremely empathetic. I would certainly recommend them and my family know to use them when it's my turn!
Everone we spoke to were very kind and considerate to us and they put us at ease. Which made a very unhappy time more bearable, no question was to small. The whole process was easy and uncomplicated
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Would you prefer an attended cremation?

Our attended cremation services offer a dignified and respectful way to say goodbye together with your nearest and dearest.

With an 8 minute service for up to 10 people or a 20 minute service for up to 20 people, our attended cremations can take place at any of our 40 crematoriums across the UK.

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Upon arranging a funeral, once you’ve agreed the type of service that you’d like, one of our Customer Service Specialists will take the payment in full, which can be made by credit or debit card.

An oversized coffin is for individuals who are too big for the average coffin width of 24 inches, 76 inches in length and 14 inches in depth. If the deceased is over 22 stone or 6 ft 5 or over, then an oversized coffin will be needed.

With Distinct Cremations, it will take approximately 2-4 weeks to arrange the funeral. This includes the completion of the necessary paperwork and the cremation itself. Once the cremation has taken place, the ashes will be personally returned by our team within 14 days.

You’re free to visit any of our crematoria, within their opening hours, to view the grounds and facilities ahead of time.

While we can’t arrange the celebration for you we can provide guidance if needed.

You have a choice. You can either have the ashes personally hand delivered within 14 days or scattered in the garden of rememberance at the crematorium.

We’ll keep the deceased dressed in the same clothes they were wearing when they entered our care unless otherwise requested. If you’ve got a specific outfit you’d like them to wear, just let us know and provide it prior to the cremation.

There are lots of things you can do with the ashes. Many people scatter ashes in a place that was special to the deceased, some keep them in an urn as a keepsake and others have recently started to have ashes turned into jewellery or glass.

You can, and it can make things easier and less stressful for when the time comes. If a loved one is suffering from a life limiting ailment, the dying person may want to be involved in their own funeral arrangements. Or a funeral can be planned when you're healthy with a funeral plan. We're happy to talk through your options 24/7 on 01543 211997.

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