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Direct cremation and normal cremation. What’s the difference?

Direct cremation is increasing in popularity, but normal cremations are still the preferred choice. So, what’s the difference?

By far, the most common funeral option chosen in the UK is cremation. 

In fact, cremation is typically chosen more than 3 times as often as a traditional burial.

At John Edwards Funeral Directors, we offer a variety of cremation packages. But all our cremations are either a form of Direct Cremation or Normal Cremation.

So, what’s the difference? Let’s explain.

What is Normal Cremation?

Currently, normal cremations are the most popular funeral option. 

The family chooses a coffin, other options,  and makes all the necessary decisions for whatever type of ceremony they would like to have to honour their loved one.

The deceased is  prepared for the ceremony which family and friends attend.

After the ceremony, the deceased is  cremated, following which, the ashes are returned to the family.

Because there is a ceremony and other extras involved, there are a variety of cremation packages to choose from. Average prices range from around £2500 to over £4000.

What is Direct Cremation?

A direct cremation is the simplest, quickest, and most affordable funeral option there is.

A direct cremation is simply the fundamentals, the necessities.

Direct cremations can eliminate a lot of stress from the family, as there are very few decisions and choices which need to be made.

The deceased is picked up at the earliest opportunity, typically immediately after death, and taken for cremation.

There is no ceremony, no embalming or other preparations, and  a simple coffin , as well as all other costs, are included in the direct cremation package. 

A direct cremation is the most cost-effective option and can be a  third of  the price of a standard cremation. 

There are two main options for a Direct Cremation. The least expensive option is where the cremation takes place in Hampshire and is non-attended. The other option is to use a local crematorium which can be attended (by a small group) or non attended.


What To Do With the Ashes?

Regardless of whether you choose a normal cremation or direct cremation, the ashes of your loved one are returned to the family.

The family then has several options regarding what they can do with the ashes.

Learn more about what to do with ashes

To find out more about Cremation click here: www.john-edwards-funerals.co.uk/swansea-cremations