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Direct Cremation

Direct cremation

Direct Cremations, or unattended funerals, are an increasingly popular choice. Essentially ‘direct’ means there’s no traditional funeral service and friends and family are unable to attend the cremation. 

Other than that you’ll still receive the same outstanding level of care and services from our team.

If you have any questions regarding Direct Cremations, please ask one of our team or call us on 0800 996 1927. We’re here to help.

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What’s included?

  • Take care of all the arrangements.
  • Appoint a funeral arranger
  • Bring the person into our care and prepare them appropriately.
  • Provide a simple coffin 
  • Escort them to the crematorium and carry the coffin in through the main door.

What’s not included?

  • You’re unable to visit the person pre-cremation
  • You don’t get to choose the date, time, or place of the cremation
  • No mourners can be present
  • Additional services or products cannot be added
  • Collection and delivery of ashes

Direct cremation options?

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Payment terms

Please note: Full payment is required within 2 days of the arrangements being made.

What if this is not for me?

If you feel that this direct service is not for you, as you may want to have a service at a church or Crematorium, then you can choose a more traditional service.

If you have any questions regarding Direct Cremations, please ask your funeral arranger or call us on 0800 996 1927. We’re here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

A direct cremation (also known as an unattended funeral) is for those who would prefer a straightforward funeral. It’s different to a traditional funeral as there’s no funeral service and you will be unable to be present at the cremation.

If you require assistance towards the cost of the funeral there is a ‘Funeral Support Payment‘, this could help pay for funeral costs if you live in Scotland. It usually will not cover the full cost of the funeral but it could help pay for some costs.

Every funeral is unique, so costs will vary depending on your wishes.

We will always provide you with an estimate for your consideration, we can then adjust this if required.

A direct cremation is not for everyone, you and your family have to be certain this is what you want. There is not a funeral service, and know one is present when the coffin is taken to the crematorium.

If you or your family want to be present at the service then our more traditional service might be right for you.

You can buy a direct cremation on one of our set cremation plans online, or you can pop into one of our offices to have a chat with one of our friendly team who will talk through all the options available.

We’re available 24 hours a day to assist you on the telephone on 0800 996 1927. We also have 16 funeral offices which are open from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. You can also email us at

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