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Direct Cremation

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Our Direct Cremation is for those who may prefer not to have a funeral service. This option of a simple, straightforward cremation is now being chosen by a growing number of people.

What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is a simple, unattended cremation with all the dignity and care you would expect from Co-op Funeralcare.

As there is no funeral service, it means you can choose your own way to remember someone at a place and time that suits you.

What's included?

A Direct Cremation includes:

  • us bringing the person who has died into our care
  • all cremation fees and costs – there are no extra charges
  • care and preparation of the person who has died
  • a simple wood-effect coffin
  • a suitable vehicle to the crematorium
  • any required doctors’ fees (if not required, we’ll refund this)
  • a grey scatter tube for the ashes
  • an optional online tribute page, enabling you to share memories and securely accept ‘in memory’ charity donations

While you’re unable to attend the cremation itself or visit the person who has died in our funeral home, you’ll still receive the same level of care as you’d expect from any of our more traditional funerals.

What's not included?

If you choose a Direct Cremation, you cannot:

  • visit the person who has died in the chapel of rest
  • choose the date or time of the cremation
  • choose the crematorium where it takes place
  • attend the crematorium on the day

How much does a Direct Cremation cost?

A Direct Cremation costs £1,313. If you're in Scotland it costs £1,230, as the laws around doctor's certificates are different.

Although Direct Cremation costs less than a traditional funeral, you will still receive the same caring and compassionate service.

If you’d prefer to pay for a Direct Cremation in instalments, you may be eligible to apply for a funeral loan through our partner Funeral Safe. You can find details on loan amounts and repayments, eligibility and details on how to apply here.

If you’d like to arrange a Direct Cremation and pay in instalments, speak to your local funeral director.

Or you can start your Direct Cremation arrangement online:

Start an arrangement

How does a Direct Cremation 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 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.

Ways to remember

We want to do everything we can to help you to say goodbye, whether that’s a celebration of life service at a later date or helping you find a beautiful keepsake to commemorate and remember the person who has died.

We offer a wide range of keepsakes and memorial items, helping you commemorate and remember the person who has died.

Speak to your local funeral director if you’d like to know more about the options available.

Memorial services

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.

0800 088 4883 (24 hour service)

Full terms and conditions for Direct Cremation.