Direct cremation - is it a great deal?
As direct cremation becomes more popular, there are several 'companies' offering what seem like great deals. Today's blog examines why, as a Funeral Director, we believe direct cremation can be an attractive option for many reasons and why you should think carefully who you ask to undertake your wishes.
What is a direct cremation?
A direct cremation is a non-attended funeral service. Family and friends cannot enter the crematorium to pay their respects, however that doesn't mean that they can't have a service, before or after, to celebrate and commemorate your life.
Why are more people opting for direct cremations?
There are many reasons that direct cremations are increasing in popularity, including:
- It could be that the person who has died didn't see the point in having a funeral.
- Money could be an issue or maybe it isn't.
- Perhaps the person who has died no longer has any living relatives or family or has lost touch with their family.
- The person who has died didn't want a fuss.
- The option to have a memorial service or celebration instead is more preferable.
This service won't be everyone's 'cup of tea' if the family are looking for a traditional funeral service to be able to mourn, however the direct cremation is growing in popularity. Particularly with rising costs of funerals and more famous people opting for it and making it more mainstream.
Famously, David Bowie is said to have opted for a direct cremation in January 2016 followed by having his ashes scattered in Bali.
Shouldn't I just book a cheap deal online for the direct cremation?
With everything in life, you tend to get what you pay for. The rise in popularity has seen several companies setting up offering cheap deals for direct cremation, however what they offer needs to be considered carefully compared to what we offer with our direct cremation option, known as the Direct Funeral.
The benefits of opting for a direct cremation with us are:
- You can choose from three crematoriums in the local area, either Bangor Crematorium, Colwyn Bay Crematorium or Denbighshire Memorial Park.
- We will inform you of the date and time of the service.
- We allow you to add personal effects and belongings to the coffin before the funeral.
- We will complete all paperwork for you.
- You will deal with a dedicated funeral director throughout the process.
- The person who has died, will remain in our care at our onsite mortuary, until the date of the funeral.
- You can opt to stand outside the Crematorium to pay your respects, however you won't be able to enter the building.
- The dedicated funeral director and another member of the team will personally take the person who has died, in our private ambulance, to the Crematorium on the day of the funeral.
- We will only transport one person to the Crematorium at any time.
- We will collect the ashes on your behalf, for no additional cost.