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Comparing types of Cremation

Unattended Direct Cremation, Enhanced Direct Cremation or Traditional Cremation,

what is the difference?

Comparing types of Cremation

Unattended Direct Cremation, Enhanced Direct Cremation or Traditional Cremation,

what is the difference?


Unattended Direct Cremation, Enhanced Direct Cremation, Traditional Cremation, so what is the difference?

How we got to where we are...

 

A cremation is a cremation, right?  

Well, up until just a few years ago the short answer was 'yes', today however, the answer is not quite so straight forward...

 

You see, traditionally there have been two options, 'cremation' and 'burial' and these terms have been interchangeable with the words 'funeral service.' It has always been expected that if you were having a cremation or indeed a burial then you would accompany it with a service and a Minister or Celebrant to lead the words of tribute. Indeed the British tradition of dressing in black, using a hearse, whether it be horse-drawn or motorised, the Funeral Conductor walking in front of the hearse and a procession to the crematorium or burial ground, has been engrained in how our society deals with death since at least Victorian times. It has therefore become the way of things to accept without question that tradition is best.

 

That is not to say that our customs and traditions are nolonger relevant. A funeral for many is an important way of coming to terms with loss. Attending a funeral service, particularly for immediate family, is as much for the people left behind as for honouring the person who has died. Having a funeral service for a loved one, however difficult it may seem at the time can help focus your grief which ultimately can help in coming to terms with their death.

 

Whereas for a great many people attending a funeral for a loved one will not change, recent years have seen a shift in the way death is viewed by society. Whereas death was once something that just happened but was not discussed, today you can't turn on day-time TV without seeing an advert about funerals. Whether this is a good thing or not is debatable, but it has mean't that death is no longer the taboo subject it once was. Consequently, more people are thinking about their funerals.

 

At the same time the recent Pandemic has brought death and funerals into sharp focus. Sadly, for those who lost a loved one at this time, funerals were very different from what went before. For a great many, this only helped to reinforce the benefits that attending a traditional funeral service can bring. For others, the requirement for a simpler service with far fewer in attendance was welcomed. This combined with high profile unattended funerals for the likes of David Bowie has helped create an alternative choice - Direct Cremation.

Is an 'Unattended Direct Cremation' right for me?

 

 

There is no right answer to this question and only you can reach that decision. it is important to understand that an 'Unattended Direct Cremation' is not a funeral service. There is less opportunity for viewing in the Chapel of Rest and the deceased is taken to the Crematorium without a procession or family in attendance.

 

It is important that when deciding on an Unattended Direct Cremation that you have also taken into account the thoughts and feelings of your family. Yes, it is true that it is 'your' funeral, however, for the reasons explained above, a funeral isn't just about the person who has died, it helps your loved ones come to terms with their loss and not being able to say goodbye to you in the Chapel of Rest or accompany you on your final journey may, for some, be too much. For this reason we would suggest that you discuss why you would like an Unattended Direct Cremation with your family. 

 

Some may consider Unattended Direct Cremation as a viable option simply because of the cheaper cost. It is true that traditional funerals are typically more expensive than Unattended Direct Cremation, but cost should not be the deciding factor on choosing one. A good Funeral Director will be happy to discuss with you how the costs of an 'attended' traditional funeral can be kept to a minimum should this be your preferred choice. 

'Enhanced Direct Cremation' - the third way

 

 

What if you are looking for something between a 'Traditional Attended Funeral' and an 'Unattended Direct Cremation'? 

There is a 'third way' and we call it the 'Enhanced Direct Cremation'.

 

As with the 'Unattended Direct Cremation', the actual committal takes place without the family present. However, the difference is that a short, attended service for up to 8 family and friends will take place in our Chapel of Rest. A music system will also be made available should those present wish to play their own choice of music. During this time the family can read out a prepared eulogy or simply sit in quiet reflection. 

 

In addition there is the option to be dressed in own clothes accompanied by one visit to the Chapel of Rest to pay respects.


Compare our Direct Services to a Traditional Cremation

Unattended Direct
Enhanced Direct
Traditional Cremation
Unattended Direct

Key features of our 'Unattended Direct Cremation'

Collection from a hospital setting

Included

Collection from a non-hospital setting and/or outside of standard office hours

additional charge

Cremation fees

Included

Preparation in our mortuary facility

included

Dressing in a simple gown / clothing provided by the family

included / not included

A suitable coffin for cremation

included

Use of the Chapel of Rest

not included

Transportation directly to the Crematorium in a specialised funeral vehicle (not a hearse)

Included

A family attended service at the Crematorium Chapel

not included

Cremated Remains scattered in the Crematorium Garden of Remembrance

included

Cremated Remains returned to family

additional charge

Doctor's fees ~ Where these are required then there is an additional charge.

Enhanced Direct
Traditional Cremation

Whether you are looking for caring advice or ready to arrange a funeral for your loved one, we are here to help...

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