Direct cremation

A direct cremation is an unattended cremation without a funeral service. It means you can choose your own way to remember someone at a place and time that suits you.

Direct cremation

A direct cremation is an unattended cremation without a funeral service. It means you can choose your own way to remember someone at a place and time that suits you.

If someone has died and you need our help, contact us:

Why choose a direct cremation?

For some, a direct cremation takes away the stress of arranging a funeral. Others choose to hold a ‘celebration of life’ or memorial service at another time. And for some direct cremation is right because it’s a less costly option. Or it could be that the person who has died didn't want a fuss.

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A direct cremation includes:

  • us bringing the person who has died into our care
  • all cremation fees and costs, with no hidden charges
  • care and preparation of the person who has died
  • a basic coffin
  • a suitable vehicle to transport the person to the crematorium
  • any required doctors’ fees
  • a grey scatter tube for the ashes
  • the same high level of care you'd expect from us

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If you choose a direct cremation, you won't be able to:

  • visit the person who has died in the chapel of rest
  • choose the date or time of the cremation
  • choose which crematorium is used
  • attend the cremation

Arrange a direct cremation online

You can arrange and pay for a direct cremation online, over the phone or at a funeral home.

To start a direct cremation arrangement online, use the form below.

Start an arrangement online
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How to pay for a direct cremation

How much does it cost?

A direct cremation costs £1,313 in England and Wales. If you're in Scotland it costs £1,230, as doctors' fees do not apply here.

How do I pay?

You need to pay for a direct cremation in full within 48 hours. You can pay online, over the phone or at your local funeral home. We accept cash, credit and debit card payments.

  • How much does it cost?

    A direct cremation costs £1,313 in England and Wales. If you're in Scotland it costs £1,230, as doctors' fees do not apply here.

  • How do I pay?

    You need to pay for a direct cremation in full within 48 hours. You can pay online, over the phone or at your local funeral home. We accept cash, credit and debit card payments.

Some common questions

  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 Cremation - the date of birth of the person who has died and the address where we should collect the person who has died.

  3. Contact us to begin the arrangement. For Direct Cremation you can use our online form or call us on 0800 029 4590.

  4. We’ll arrange to bring the person who has died into our care, no matter when or where.

  5. We’ll give you the forms you need to fill in, sign and return, including your agreement with us and application – we'll guide you through this process and answer any questions you have.

  6. You’ll need to pay in full within two working days.

  7. The cremation takes place.

  8. Collect the ashes from the crematorium or, have the ashes scattered in the garden of remembrance at the crematorium. If you’d prefer, you can have the ashes delivered, the courier charge for this service is £100. You’ll be given a date for delivery within 28 days of the cremation taking place.

While Co-op's direct cremation is an available funeral option across most of Great Britain, there are some areas where we're unable to provide this service.

These postcodes areas are: IV (Inverness), KW (Kirkwall), HS (Outer Hebrides) and PH15 through to PH50 (various Perth areas)