Cremation can be an expensive business, but there are options for low cost cremation too. Direct cremation costs can be a lot lower, saving the bereaved family a significant amount of money at a difficult time for all concerned.
Funeral arrangements are something that many of us really don’t want to think about. As a consequence, the cost can come as a dreadful shock at the worst possible moment. It pays to think about them in advance. Many of the less costly solutions can actually be far more appropriate for the deceased, as well as those left behind.
An Expensive Business
Usually when planning a funeral, we’re at a particularly low point in our lives. Losing someone close is traumatic, and the last thing we want to do is deal with unexpectedly high funeral costs. This is something that takes many people by surprise, with the cost of a burial often reaching £5,000 or more. This can be even more in London where the cost of plots for internment is much greater.
So why does it cost so much? The deceased has to be collected in a suitable vehicle, the body is sometimes embalmed, and the coffin usually sits in a Chapel of Rest so the family can pay their respects. This all costs money, as does the funeral director, the cost of a burial plot, and the coffin and ceremony. And it all needs to happen within a certain timeframe.
Cremation is usually a more low-cost solution, but even that can be expensive. Expect to pay on average £3,784 for a cremation (Royal London National Funeral Cost Index 2017), when a funeral director collects and cares for the deceased, together with provision of a simple service. For something more elaborate, the costs will be even higher. One solution that’s becoming more popular with those on a budget is direct cremation.
What Is Direct Cremation?
Direct cremation is a form of low-cost cremation where the deceased is collected from the place they have died, with cremation taking place at a less busy time. There’s no ceremony at the time, and the cremated remains are returned to the bereaved in order to have a funeral service of their choosing later on.
Naturally, this approach means that the funeral can take place at a slower pace and is particularly appropriate for those who wish to scatter ashes in a favourite location. There is no ceremony prior to cremation, and no opportunity to view the deceased in the Chapel of Rest. But how necessary are these things?
More and more people are opting to carry out funeral services in this way with a recent report by Sun Life stating that according to funeral directors interviewed by them, on in ten (9.9%) of funerals that were arranged by them in the last year were Direct Cremation. Such a service does leave room for individuality and a unique send off in a less hurried timeframe. It is also thought that the fact that some celebrities – including David Bowie in January 2016 have also contributed to their rise in popularity It also costs the bereaved a lot less with direct cremation costs averaging £1,835 (Sun Life Cost of Dying Report 2017) and available from as little as £1,049 (£999 in Scotland) from Memoria Low Cost Funeral Ltd.
Simple and Dignified
Quite simply, direct cremation is a low-cost cremation without a funeral service. That does not mean it comes with a feel of cheapness. On the contrary, it’s a simple, dignified solution that would be the first choice for many people who see the separation of the physical cremation from the funeral ceremony as a smarter use of their money.
Direct cremation allows the bereaved time to gather together those who wish to pay tribute to the deceased, and stage a service befitting of the life they lived with the ashes scattered or interred in an appropriate way.
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The problem for many people who are unfortunate enough to find themselves dealing with the death of a loved one is that the need to plan a funeral is something that comes suddenly. It’s something we don’t usually think about in advance. Consequently, we’re left looking at options in a hurry. Planning your funeral in advance is a great way to deal with the issues of your family having to arrange things suddenly and all of our options are available to purchase in the form of a Funeral Plan.
For compassionate, understanding advice and support on low-cost cremations and low cost cremation funeral plans, contact Memoria. We’ll provide all the guidance you need to help pick the perfect funeral for your needs.