Direct Burial

Woodland burial ground over looking a beach.

With a Direct Burial, we take care of the burial for you, allowing you to remember the person who died in your own way. This does not include the burial plot, burial fee (known as interment fee) or headstone.

What is a Direct Burial?

A Direct Burial is a burial without a funeral service. We bring the person who has died into our care and arrange for them to be buried at the burial ground of your choice. The cost of the burial plot, burial fees (known as interment fees) and headstone are not included. There are no mourners present at the burial. Instead, you can choose to remember the person who’s died in your own way. This may be at a separate memorial service later, or simply some quiet time to reflect.

You can also choose Direct Burial with Cortege. This is where the hearse passes your home or special place you’ve chosen, allowing you to pay your respects in person.

What's the difference between Direct Burial and a traditional burial funeral service?

A traditional burial funeral service includes a service held at another venue, such as a place of worship or by the graveside. A Direct Burial is a simple, unattended burial with no service.

For some, a Direct Burial is the preferred option:

  • if the immediate family live far away and wouldn’t be able to attend a funeral
  • if the person who’s died didn’t want a traditional funeral
  • if friends and family would rather gather at a separate memorial service away from a funeral setting
  • if it’s not safe to hold a service during the coronavirus pandemic

To arrange a Direct Burial, speak to your local funeral director.

What's included?

  • us bringing the person who has died into our care
  • care and preparation of the person who has died
  • a simple wood-effect coffin
  • a hearse to the cemetery or burial ground
  • pallbearers for the burial
  • an optional online tribute page, enabling you to share memories and securely accept ‘in memory’ charity donations

What's not included?

  • a burial plot – as prices vary greatly across the country
  • a headstone
  • third party fees – this includes interment fees and gravedigger fees
  • visiting the person who has died in our funeral home
  • choosing the date or time of the burial
  • attending the burial on the day

How much does a Direct Burial cost?

A Direct Burial costs £1,200. This does not include the cost of a burial plot and the burial fee because the cost varies so much across the country.

To find out how much burial costs are in your area, call your local Co-op funeral director, or use our funeral cost calculator.

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Where can the burial take place?

If you already own a burial plot, we can arrange for the burial to take place there. We’ll need the details of the grave or lair and may need you to show us the deeds. We will also need the permission from the person who owns the plot. Your funeral director will help to guide you through this.

If you need to buy a burial plot, your local funeral director can help you.

If you’re not sure where the person who has died would have wanted to be buried, they may have it written in their will.

Direct Burial with Cortege

We understand how difficult it is to say goodbye when it’s not possible to go to a funeral service. One way we can help is by offering a Direct Burial with Cortege. This is where the hearse passes your home, which means you can take a moment to pause, reflect and say goodbye.

Direct Burial with Cortege costs £1,550. This includes:

  • a traditional oak coffin
  • a cortege procession where the hearse passes your home or another route you’ve chosen, allowing you to pay your respects in person

How does a Direct Burial work?

  1. Make sure the death has been verified by a medical professional before you contact us.

  2. Gather some basic information we’ll need to know to start arranging the Direct Burial - the date of birth of the person who has died and the address where we should collect the person who has died

  3. Call your local funeral director. We’ll arrange to bring the person who has died into our care.

  4. We’ll give you the forms you need to fill in, sign and return to us. This includes your agreement with us and burial application. You may need to show us the deeds to any grave or lair.

  5. Direct Burial must be paid for in full within 2 working days.

  6. If you’ve chosen the cortege option, the hearse can pass by your home or other specified route, allowing you to take a moment to reflect in person.

  7. We then make sure a dignified burial takes place

  8. If you have any questions your local funeral director will be able to help you.

Full terms and conditions for Direct Burial and Direct Burial with Cortege.

Holding a memorial service at a later date

Government restrictions on large gatherings during coronavirus are changing the way we arrange funerals. If you’re not able to hold a service now because of the restrictions, we can help you arrange a memorial event in the future.

See our memorial services

Memorial headstones

We have a large range of headstones for you to choose from, available in different shapes, colours and types of stone. For more information or to talk through an idea you have for a headstone, speak to your local funeral director.

See all headstones

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