A time of loss is always emotional – emotional, confusing and undeniably difficult for those left behind and no two people will handle the death of a loved one in the same way. Some want a large celebration of the life of their loved one. For others, for a multitude of reasons, it must be quieter.

A direct cremation is a low-key approach to the end-of-life process. It is basic, simple and unattended – but no less respectful. No mourners attend and the service is instead taken care of by the funeral directors.

Direct cremations have become more common in recent years and due to their stripped-back nature are less expensive than more traditional counterparts. Sometimes also referred to as an unattended funeral, this simpler form of funeral service may have been chosen by the person before they died, or it might be the preferred option because they do not have any remaining relatives to organise a full service. It might also be the choice of the remaining family to have a more peaceful cremation with a more personal celebration of life to be arranged at a future date.

In a direct cremation, the deceased is kept in the care of the funeral director and a member of the team will accompany the deceased to the crematorium for cremation. As the process is quicker than organising a more traditional funeral, the body of the deceased is not embalmed and there is typically no visitation or viewing by family members or close friends.

Additionally, in contrast to more traditional funerals, there is no service or ceremony. A direct cremation will also not feature a limousine, flowers or tributes so is altogether a more restrained event.

No mourners attend direct cremations, although there are also occasionally attended direct cremations in which a small number of mourners can spend a few minutes with their loved one in the chapel before the deceased is taken to the crematorium.

The coffin used is usually plain and simple and after the cremation, the ashes are released to the next of kin to be kept or scattered according to the wishes of the deceased.

Taking this option also means friends and family can organise a celebration of their loved one’s life in a more informal manner at another time.

There are no rights or wrongs in funeral services. Each will be unique to reflect the life of the deceased and the wishes of those who remain.

While direct cremations are more muted than traditional services, there is a common factor – the deceased will be treated with the same respect, dignity and compassion.

For guidance about direct cremations, or anything else regarding your recent bereavement or funeral planning, get in touch with our experienced team in branch on 01206 760049.