What is an unattended funeral?

Not everyone wants an expensive and traditional funeral and instead would prefer a simple affair.

Unattended cremations are becoming more common, with most funeral directors now offering them as an option. More than 1 in 10 cremations are now unattended.

This non-traditional approach involves taking the deceased individual directly to the crematorium after death, and generally means:

• There is no viewing in a chapel of rest

• There is no funeral service

• There is no embalming

• There is no need for an expensive coffin, as there is no procession or ceremony

The body is collected & cremated immediately after death, rather than waiting for a viewing or funeral to take place beforehand.

There are no family or friends present at the cremation and the body is typically cremated in a very simple casket. The ashes can be returned to the family if requested but generally in a basic box.

Loved ones can organise a ceremony or memorial at a time, location and date that suits them.

Unattended funerals gives you an alternative choice, one that still allows you to arrange a personal and unique funeral, but cuts out the ceremonial excess that is so often unwanted and unnecessary.


Unattended cremation costs differ across the UK

 

There are significant regional variations in unattended cremation costs.

73% of deaths were cremations in which 2% were low cost direct cremations.

The UK average was c.£1,712 including Doctor’s fees for certifications.

This has decreased by 6.7% compared to 2017, when the average of a direct cremation was £1,835.

(Source: SunLife Cost of Dying 2018)

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What is and isn’t included

 
 
✅ Bringing a loved one into their care
✅ Advice & assistance to gain a death certificate or the Coroner's procedures
✅ Arrangement, assistance and completion of all cremation paperwork from the comfort of your own home
✅ A simple coffin made from sustainable materials
✅ Highest level of care for your loved one at our funeral home until the time of cremation
✅ Dignified conveyance of your loved one to our selected crematorium
✅ Collection & storage of ashes. Hand delivery of ashes to your home for additional cost of £145
✅ Cremation fee for a non attended cremation service at our choice of time and location.
❌ Viewing of the deceased
❌ A procession
❌ A hearse or limousines
❌ Arranging of floral tributes
❌ Formal service or ceremony
❌ Minister or celebrant
❌ Collection of donations

 
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What is and isn’t included

 
 
✅ Direct cremation with no mourners present
✅ Doctor's fees
✅ Cremation fees
✅ Simple wooden coffin
✅ Preparation for cremation in our professional mortuary facilities
✅ All transportation in a specialised funeral vehicle
✅ Ashes scattered in our gardens of remembrance or returned to you upon request at an additional cost*
✅ Additional services can be added
✅ Personalised funeral
❌ Viewing of the deceased
❌ A procession
❌ A hearse or limousines
❌ Arranging of floral tributes
❌ Formal service or ceremony
❌ Minister or celebrant
❌ Collection of donations

 
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What is and isn’t included

 
 
✅ Collection of the deceased by trained staff in specialist vehicles nationwide (England, Scotland & Wales)
✅ Dignified care in state of the art facilities within Pure Cremation's own offices
✅ Expert support for the completion of your documents & liaison with medical & legal professionals for the remaining paperwork
✅ Updates at each stage of your loved one's care for your peace of mind, thanks to high tech identification systems
✅ Doctors' certificates for cremation at no extra charge (if required)
✅ Arrangement of a simple cremation, usually within 14 days of your initial instruction
✅ An ethically sourced, solid pine coffin
✅ A private, unattended cremation at their own crematorium on an agreed date
✅ Personal delivery of ashes by a member of the Pure Cremation team to a mainland UK address within 21 days of the cremation
✅ Additional Options
❌ Viewing of the deceased
❌ A procession
❌ A hearse or limousines
❌ Arranging of floral tributes
❌ Formal service or ceremony
❌ Minister or celebrant
❌ Collection of donations
 

 
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What is and isn’t included

 
 
✅ Provision of Funeral Directors services to make funeral arrangements
✅ Arranging funeral service (at local cemetery, churchyard, graveyard or crematorium)
✅ Caring for the deceased including private chapel of rest
✅ Hearse and personnel required for the funeral
✅ Advice on all matters related to the funeral
✅ Visit to the chapel of rest during office hours
✅ 24-hour transfer of deceased to a suitable resting place within the UK (within a 50 mile radius)
✅ Bereavement assistance via professional organisations
✅ Cremation fees at a local crematorium
✅ Fees payable for cremation document and doctors' fees
✅ Minister or Officiant's fee to perform the service at the crematorium
❌ Viewing of the deceased
❌ A procession
❌ Embalming
❌ A hearse or limousines
❌ Arranging of floral tributes
❌ Formal service or ceremony
❌ Minister or celebrant
❌ Collection of donations

 
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What is and isn’t included

 
 
✅ A scheduled collection from hospital or Coroner’s mortuary Doctors’ fees (if these apply)
✅ Cremation fees for an unattended committal at one of the venues we use
✅ Solid pine eco-coffin
✅ Transfer to the crematorium of our choice
✅ Hand delivery of the ashes to any mainland address in England, Wales and Scotland (if desired) within 21 days of the cremation OR scattering the ashes in the Garden of Remembrance
❌ Viewing of the deceased
❌ A procession
❌ A hearse or limousines
❌ Arranging of floral tributes
❌ Formal service or ceremony
❌ Minister or celebrant
❌ Collection of donations
 

 

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