Whilst there has been a rise in the number of national firms offering ‘direct cremation’ this has always been available from local funeral directors too.
What is Direct Cremation?
Direct cremation is nothing new – it simply means the person who died is taken to a crematorium on their own, with no mourners or service, and then returned as ashes to the family.
How does it work?
The deceased are taken into care by the funeral director, put in a coffin and then taken to be cremated. If this is done locally it will be at the nearest crematorium. National firms use a network of vans and have central facilities for processing cremations.
How much does it cost?
Our Direct Cremation package is an all in price of £1595 which includes all transport, paperwork, preparation, coffin and processing locally. We use the local crematorium at Whimple and the disbursement cost for this is included.
What are the Pros/Cons?
Whilst not for everyone, direct cremation is the cheapest and simplest way to deal with a loss.
You may wish to organise a celebration of life or wake for friends and family to attend once the ashes are returned.
The disadvantages are there is no service, no procession, no chance for family to pay their last respects or say goodbye.
If you are considering this funeral option then please consider using your local funeral director. We look after your loved one locally, and you can usually come and say goodbye before they take their final journey.
If you use a national firm they will be transported and stored outside of Devon and you will not be able to see them at all.
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