Direct cremation

Arrange a direct cremation for someone who has died. This is an unattended cremation without a funeral service and costs £995.

Direct cremation

Arrange a direct cremation for someone who has died. This is an unattended cremation without a funeral service and costs £995.

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

Why choose a direct cremation?

If someone has died you can choose a direct cremation for a cost of £995. It's a straight forward funeral with no service, mourners or ceremony, and it provides all the dignity and care you'd expect from Co-op Funeralcare. Direct cremation is a low-cost alternative that allows you to remember the person in your own way and in your own time. The direct cremation cost of £995 doesn't include costs for doctors certificates. If these are needed, there will be an additional fee of £82.

A coffin at a direct cremation funeral

A direct cremation includes:

  • bringing the person who has died into our care (within a 50-mile radius)
  • the cost of a cremation
  • care and preparation of the person who has died
  • a basic coffin
  • a suitable vehicle to transport the person to the crematorium
  • a grey scatter tube for the ashes

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A direct cremation doesn't include:

  • a visit the person who has died in the chapel of rest
  • doctors fees - if you live in England and Wales there's an additional fee of £82 (there is no charge for this in Scotland)
  • choose the date or time of the cremation
  • choose which crematorium is used
  • attend the cremation

Plan for the future with a Direct Cremation Plan

Buy a Direct Cremation Plan at £1,490, this low-cost prepaid funeral plan is for those looking to arrange and pay for a direct cremation in advance. This funeral plan is in association with Memoria.

Buy Direct Cremation Plan
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Arrange a direct cremation online

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

If someone has died and you'd like to arrange a direct cremation online, click the link below and fill out our online form.

Arrange a direct cremation
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How to pay for a direct cremation

How much does it cost?

A direct cremation costs £995 in England, Wales and Scotland*. Price excludes costs for doctors certificates, if these are required, there will be an additional fee of £82.

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 £995 in England, Wales and Scotland*. Price excludes costs for doctors certificates, if these are required, there will be an additional fee of £82.

  • 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.

*Cost for a direct cremation in Glasgow is £799

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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. If you'd like fingerprints of the person who has died for memorial jewellery, let us know at this stage.

  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)

A direct cremation is often seen as a no fuss funeral, if you're looking to arrange something simple with no funeral service and just a cremation, you may want to consider direct cremation as a low cost option.

This unattended cremation is a funeral with no service. This means no mourners can attend, however, a separate memorial service can be arranged after the direct cremation. If you'd like some ideas on how to celebrate a loved one's life or advice on how to arrange a memorial or personalised tribute, you can always discuss this with your local funeral director.