DIRECT CREMATION means the deceased is in the care of the hospital while the necessary forms and certificates are completed and submitted for approval. It is usually possible to view the deceased at the hospital during this period.
At the appointed time the deceased is taken DIRECTLY to the crematorium. This keeps overheads down and means LOW COST for our clients.
With most low cost, direct cremations relatives and friends do NOT attend the actual cremation. This is indicated by phrases such as “private cremation” and “at a crematorium and time of our choice”.
This often causes disappointment and the low cost option to be rejected.
PARTICIPATION DIRECT CREMATION overcomes this objection. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend deciding which crematorium is used, the time and all other details. They may include a religious ceremony or make it a less formal and more friendly farewell.
A cremation requires 3 different stages of organisation:
This does not include:
It is therefore possible to carry out a cremation at an accessible crematorium in London for £920 or £950.
Reduced by £164 if the Coroner takes responsibility and provides his free cremation form.
THE SOCIAL FUND: This is a grant of up to £700 plus the crematorium fee if the next-of-kin taking responsibility is receiving usually housing benefit or income support. I am always pleased to help clients with the extra forms and if they have letters showing they are eligible then no prior payment is necessary.
Social Fund payments are at the discretion of the Fund so it is best to choose if possible an early morning crematorium appointment to lessen the amount ‘at risk’.
NOTE: If the death occurs at home or at a care-home it is unfortunately necessary to engage the services of a local undertaker to collect and look after the deceased initially.
This is quite an accepted situation but do say it is ‘collection only’ and agree the total cost.
And even with this additional service-cost, the Low-Cost option will still be much cheaper.
The main reasons are: Low Cost and Informality
Low Cost: Recent surveys have said the average cost of a cremation in UK is now over £4000.
This is justified by the high cost of overheads and the services provided.
It is therefore unfair to compare the costs given above for my simple, friendly service with their formal ceremony.
Only the clients can decide how essential these expenses are or if they are happy to make their own way to the crematorium and start their service with the coffin already in place.
For those eligible for the Social Fund the grant fully covers our charges but for many others this help in not available and it can be a real worry how to afford such a sudden and great expense.
We hope our low-cost option is worth consideration.
Informality: Many, and especially the elderly, say they do not want a lot of fuss and would be happy to have just a few friends and relations attending to say some kind words.
With most funerals, the arrival of the hearse and then six bearers bringing the coffin into the chapel establishes a very formal atmosphere which persists. With the coffin already in place, people are more instinctive and when they enter the empty chapel will go to the coffin, hold it and often speak directly to the deceased. A far friendlier and natural reaction to being with their loved-one. After some favourite music and exchange of memories most feel they have managed to be close and involved in this final farewell.
Our base is in Central London so we offer our service to all parts of Greater London.
With our charges almost certainly the lowest in UK it seems fair that all Londoners, for once, should benefit from low cost.
49 Moreton Terrace, London SW1V 2NS.
Mobile: 0044 (0)7889 – 287 185
Mobile: 0044 (0)20 7834 2529
After a first phone call, text or voice mail to my mobile a meeting is most desirable.
I can travel to see you at your home or at a convenient local coffee shop to discuss what is right for you and of course without any obligation to proceed.
Low cost is important but I hope our very individual and friendly approach also shows that we care for and respect both the deceased and the close relatives and friends at a difficult time.
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Cremation Low Cost Direct
49 Moreton Terrace
London SW1V 2NS
0044 (0)7889 – 287 185
0044 (0)20 7834 2529