Direct Cremation or Pure Cremation has been increasing in popularity over the last few years. According to The Cremation Society, it accounts for around 10% of all cremations in the UK.
In straightforward terms, a Direct Cremation is where the person that has died is cremated without any service or memorial event.
So what is generally included in a Direct Cremation?
Third-Party Fees or Disbursements
The fees charged by third parties and paid by the funeral director to allow the cremation. Such as:
Crematorium Fee (Non attended service)
Doctor's Fee (if required) Some Direct Cremation providers, such as the Coop, do not include the doctor's fee in their package, so it is charged in addition.
Funeral Director Fees
These fees can become a bit confusing as it is down to the individual provider as to what they will include. Generally speaking, the following services are included or incur additional charges depending on the provider.
Bringing the person into their care (some providers charge extra for bringing someone into care from a non-hospital address and/or outside of regular office hours)
Looking after the person until the day of the cremation
Completing all the legal paperwork required for the cremation
A basic coffin
Transport and staff on the day of the cremation
Collection or returning of the ashes (depending on the provider)
What is not included in a Direct Cremation Package
This is one of the most critical questions a family can ask as it defines if a Direct Cremation is right for them
As mentioned earlier, every provider is different, but as a general rule, these services are either not included or not allowed in most cases on a Direct Cremation:
Having your loved one dressed in their own clothes
Visiting your loved one in a Chapel of Rest
Any attendance at the cremation (some providers will allow this at an additional fee)
Choosing the date and time of the cremation
Choosing the crematorium that is used
Choice of coffin or memorialisation
Talking with the person arranging the cremation in person, it will usually be a call centre, even with National Providers who have local funeral homes.
Why researching different providers is so essential
The three most important things when choosing a funeral director or direct cremation provider are research, research & research