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Direct Cremation Plans: A Concern? Read This Before You Buy

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Direct to Cremation?

Direct cremation plans are the cheapest proper prepaid funeral plan. Some of the other low cost “funeral plan” options leave out minor details like the actual funeral. That is just one of the reasons you should ask for our advice! But good direct to crematorium funeral plans do cover all the costs detailed.  Remember that word “detailed” – small print is very important! BUT read on…. (or visit our Direct Cremation Plan Reviews page if you have already decided it is the right plan for your family: we keep a very close eye on the market so we can steer clients away from poor value plans, even if they do have very persuasive booklets and salespeople!)

In summary: a direct cremation plan is a funeral with no service or other family involvement at the time.  No reason you can’t have a celebration or wake afterwards though. It is just so non-traditional that friends and family make be deeply upset if it is unexpected. What we are talking about on this site is prepaid direct crem plans, but the comments for at need ones are the same.

Direct cremation plans are now being offered by an increasing number of firms, so although we don’t publish a separate list of them, we do have our internal list.  That is what we use to offer the best possible advice on choosing the right plan for you, your family and friends, and your bank balance!  Give us a call for advice – you can leave a message out of office hours.

So what is a direct cremation plan?

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Direct cremation plans are where the undertaker collects the deceased and takes them direct to a crematorium of the undertakers choice.  The family have generally have no involvement in the process, which may well all be over before they find out.

The crematorium will rarely be the local one, the choice will be made by the funeral director who will be looking for the cheapest one within reach of their premises. Indeed, one major play is building its own crematorium for the purpose, which will be running 7 days a week 24 hours a day to cut costs further.  Generally speaking transport to the crematorium may be in a (nice) funeral van and not in a hearse.  It will also take place out of normal crematorium peak hours when costs are lower. Very often these services are run from a single location covering the whole of the UK. They will collect a few people, then arrange a trip to the most economical crematorium.  There is no disrespect, they will all be cremated separately.  You will also need to check what happens to the ashes and be clear whether or not you wish them to be returned.

Direct Cremation Plans: a summary.

So the direct to crematorium route is cheap but impersonal. Therefore it does run the risk of upsetting friends and relatives who want to say a more conventional goodbye. Of course, there is nothing to stop people having a memorial service after the event, but that may not be OK with everyone.

With normal prepayment funeral plans, it is possible for the family to make changes to the arrangements after death, to accommodate your or their wishes and needs. With a direct cremation plan, this may not be so easy as the funeral director may come from some distance away. They are likely to collect the deceased and – if the necessary certificates are ready – go direct to a crematorium. In many cases it will not be possible to change the arrangements at all.

We can certainly see that there is a market for direct crem plans. We do have concerns that they may – perhaps unexpectedly – cause great distress to family and friends who are left behind and are perhaps powerless.

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Direct Cremation Funeral Plan – use our enquiry form to the right.

So if you want the cheapest possible funeral plan, this is the one. But think twice before buying. Perhaps it would be better to put down a deposit on a more conventional funeral plan and pay the balance in instalments. Just our view!  Why not call us to discuss things? 0800 0588 240.  Or use the enquiry form to the right.

Direct cremation funeral plans.  Are they right for you and your family?

Direct cremation funerals to increase

Direct cremation funerals to  increase to 10% of UK funerals by 2030

Research[1] conducted by Dignity plc, one of the UK’s (self styled) premium funeral directors, shows that 53% of online consumers would consider a David Bowie style funeral for themselves, namely a Direct Cremation.

At the Prepaid Funeral Review, we have looked across the market at prepaid Direct Cremations with a little concern.  What happens if family and friends don’t agree with your decision to cut them out of the traditional funeral?  We always ask people to consider this and discuss it with family members and friend.  A good proportion of them then come back and opt for a more conventional funeral.   But let’s not spoil Dignitys’ Press Release:

A direct cremation is a low cost alternative to a traditional funeral, because cremations take place without a funeral service. The family arranges for the deceased to be collected, taken into care, and a cremation takes place without the family present.  Ashes can then returned to the family who often arrange their own reception or event to remember the deceased, which can be done at a significantly lower cost.

Annual unattended direct cremation volumes in the UK are estimated to be between 3-5% of UK deaths (18,000-30,000 people a year2) and Dignity is predicting this figure to reach or exceed 10% by 2030.

Simon Cox, Head of Insight and External Affairs at Dignity said; “The growth in the UK’s interest in direct cremation is in response to a shift in consumer attitudes towards funerals. Consumers are moving away from a one size fits all traditional funeral service and among the very many different needs this includes those who may wish to choose an unattended or low cost funeral option.

In addition public figures, such as David Bowie, demonstrated earlier this year that there are other options for people who choose a send-off with no fuss.  We witnessed a sharp spike in public interest for direct cremation immediately after Bowie’s death”.

John Troyer from The Centre for Death and Society at University of Bath said “Based on my research on the history of final disposal methods in the United States, direct cremation is something that many individuals choose when making end-of-life decisions about what should be done with their body. As in the US, I would expect to see interest in direct cremation continue to grow.”

Simon Cox continued; “To put it into context a basic funeral is £3,973[2] and is predicted to grow to £5,334 by 2021[3]. Not everyone wants to or can spend over £3,900 on a funeral with more and more people looking for alternatives such as direct cremation services, which can cost less than half the price. This is because a direct cremation requires so much less than the traditional funeral in terms of the various elements, people and planning.

 

[1] Research conducted for Dignity by Trajectory Partnership. Amongst an online nationally representative sample of over 2,000 UK individuals.  2 Calculation using ONS figures

[2] Matter Communications 2016

[3] Dignity based on data from Matter Communications 2011-2016

Six Things You Should Know About Direct Cremation

This choice of a Direct Cremation Funeral Plan is much more than just about cost – although an important factor. At little more than half the cost of an average standard funeral plan they certainly look appealing…..but do read our personal view as well as this article from a provider dedicated to the concept. There is more detail of the providers here.

The rising cost of funerals and increased demand from mourners for a better way to approach planning a loved ones’ funeral has led to a rapid rise in the popularity of direct cremations in recent years.

A virtually unknown concept in the UK just five years ago, an estimated 14,000 people per year in the UK alone are now opting for this service.

Catherine Powell, Customer Experience Director at Pure Cremation  said the service is hugely popular in America, with the most notable direct cremations in recent months being David Bowie and Prince, and is fast growing in the UK where families are recognising it as a liberating and affordable alternative to a funeral.

Catherine said:

“This it is a simple, respectful way for a family to take care of the practical aspects of the cremation and often goes hand in hand with an even more personal memorial service or celebration of their life than the usual “funeral formula” can offer.”

Catherine said that a number of factors are swaying people’s decisions in favour of direct cremations. Among them are:

1. Direct cremation is the perfect answer for people who don’t like funerals.

They are the fastest growing form of funeral in the USA and predicted to take a substantial share of cremations in the UK in the next few years.

2. Choice, convenience and a preference for a no-fuss departure are the main reasons.

Surprisingly, the lower cost is not one of the main reasons that direct cremations are becoming increasingly popular.

3. Direct cremations may not involve a funeral service

but the same standards of respect and dignity are applied to care of the person who has died.

4. Family conflict

This can make a traditional funeral an unbearable ordeal – direct cremation offers the chance for each set of relatives can hold separate memorial events.

5. You still get the deceased’s ashes.*

If you want them, hand delivered by the Pure Cremation team.  In 2014 it was found that more than 25,000 sets of ashes are still waiting to be collected from UK funeral directors.

Catherine added: “Losing a loved one will always be traumatic but direct cremation gives you the time and space to plan the perfect celebration of life later on while we take proper care of the practical aspects.”

Pure Cremation was established by former funeral director Bryan Powell who has a pedigree in the funeral industry spanning nearly 30 years, together with his wife Catherine following a steady increase in enquiries for a direct cremation service.

Family-owned, it is the UK’s only dedicated direct cremation provider which enables the team at Pure Cremation to deliver an impressive level of personal service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at a sensible, transparent price point.

6. Is Direct Cremation right for those left behind? Will they understand?

Having finished with Pure Cremations notes, we would urge readers to talk to us, or at the very least read THIS ARTICLE about the plusses and minuses of Direct Cremation.

  • Ashes are only returned at extra cost by most direct cremation providers.