Arrange a direct cremation

No fuss, no funeral - and prices start at just £1,195.

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A simple cremation without a funeral: no fuss
A funeral plan with all costs guaranteed
The most affordable cremation service available
Collection from anywhere in England and Wales
Introducing direct cremation from Beyond...

Our direct cremation service provides a simple, respectful cremation that takes place separately from any ceremony. This makes it the perfect choice for those seeking a modern, fuss-free alternative to a traditional burial or cremation.

With prices starting at £1,195, our direct, private cremation service is also one of the most affordable send-offs around. And with the cremation taken care of, you and your family have all the time in the world to decide what happens next.

Why choose Beyond's direct cremation service?
Personal and professional direct cremation in the UK
24/7 customer support
Solid wood eco-coffin sourced from FSC-certified forests
Biodegradable ashes container
Hand delivery of ashes
Arrangements made by phone, email or post as required
Planning ahead? Our pre-paid direct cremations are 100% guaranteed
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You’re in safe hands

Beyond is the UK’s most trusted companion for everything after life - but don’t just take our word for it...
Our essential direct cremation costs
Arranging a direct cremation now
£1,195
Collection from the hospital or Coroner
Support with official paperwork
Ethically sourced solid pine coffin
Unattended, private cremation
Doctors’ fees
Personal delivery of the ashes
Setting up a pre-paid direct cremation
£1,595
Collection from anywhere
Support with official paperwork
Ethically sourced solid pine coffin
Unattended, private cremation
Doctors’ fees
Personal delivery of the ashes
Plan administration costs
Monthly payment options available
100% guaranteed - no last minute costs
Additional direct cremation prices
Collection from any location
If your loved one didn’t die in a hospital, we can arrange prompt collection from home, a hospice, or a care home.
£250
Specified ashes delivery date
If you would like the ashes hand delivered to you at a specific time, we can help with that.
£150
Going to the committal
Up to 10 people can attend the early morning committal of your loved one to say goodbye, with your choice of music.
£200
A bespoke coffin
If a bespoke coffin is needed for a taller (over 6’6) or larger (over 22 stone) client, we can arrange this.
£300
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How is direct cremation different to standard cremation?
Direct cremation
Standard cremation
Cost
£1,195
£2,773*
Collection of the deceased
In a modern, dignified private ambulance
In an estate car, van or private ambulance
Assistance with paperwork
Doctors’ fees
Crematorium fees
Memorial service
Optional: can be arranged by the family at a time of their choosing
Is held on the same day as the cremation, with the coffin
Coffin and ash container
+£100 or more
Transport of loved one to crematorium
Delivery of the ashes
Delivered to a place of your choosing by hand
Collect in branch
Specified day of ash delivery
+£150
Choice of crematorium
Choice of cremation time

Direct cremation FAQs

Is direct cremation really for me?
So, there’s no funeral, just the cremation?
How do direct cremation costs compare to burial and standard cremation?
What paperwork do I need to arrange a direct cremation?
What is a pre-paid direct cremation?
I would like to set up a pre-paid direct cremation - what happens if I cancel, or my family decide they want a traditional funeral?
What will happen with my loved one’s ashes?

Is direct cremation really for me?

Direct cremation is a relatively new service. It’s perfect if you:

  • Like the idea of arranging a creative celebration of your loved one’s life, rather than a traditional funeral.
  • Would like a simple cremation, without holding a funeral service at the same time, so that you have the time and freedom to find the best way to remember your loved one.
  • Are making arrangements for someone who has told you that they don’t want a big fuss, or for you to spend too much.
  • Don’t need - or don’t want - the coffin to be there at the memorial service.
  • Would like more time to arrange a service, so that far-off family members can attend.
  • Would rather spend your budget on something other than a traditional funeral service, such as a special ash scattering ceremony.

So, there’s no funeral, just the cremation?

Only if you want it that way. While direct cremation does appeal to those who would prefer a cremation without a service at all, most people choose it so that they can arrange a more personal farewell later on with the ashes.

These days, there are all kinds of creative and special ways to celebrate a loved one’s life by scattering their ashes, from simply gathering together at a favourite spot, to sending them up in fireworks. With direct cremation, it’s completely up to you.

How do direct cremation costs compare to burial and standard cremation?

Direct cremation is the least expensive type of cremation: while our basic cremation service costs £1,195, the average cost for a standard cremation booked through Beyond’s price comparison tool is around £2,773 and for a burial is £3,058.

Find out more about funeral costs here.

What paperwork do I need to arrange a direct cremation?

After you have registered the death, we will work with you to gather the required paperwork for the cremation to go ahead.

We will need the ‘green’ certificate for cremation; the application for cremation and ashes instruction forms (signed by the executor of the will or next of kin); and the doctors’ cremation certificates (or coroner’s form 6).

What is a pre-paid direct cremation?

With our pre-paid direct cremation plan, you can pay for your own direct cremation ahead of time. This means that certain key costs are already covered when the time comes for your family to make arrangements.

Our pre-paid direct cremation plan includes:

  • Our professional fees. This includes collection, transport, an eco-coffin and hand delivery of the ashes.
  • Crematorium and doctors’ fees. The price of an unattended cremation, plus the standard doctors’ fees for the necessary paperwork.
  • A £350 admin fee. This covers setting up the plan, documentation and looking after funds.

Your money is kept in a secure, independently managed Trust until it is needed. When the time comes, your family just needs to supply the Trust with an invoice, proof of death and two Trustee signatures to set things in motion. Our pre-paid direct cremation funeral plan is 100% guaranteed, so everything you’ve paid for will be covered without additional costs.

I would like to set up a pre-paid direct cremation - what happens if I cancel, or my family decide they want a traditional funeral?

Once we’ve set up your direct cremation plan, there will be a 14 day grace period during which you can cancel and receive a full refund.

If you change your mind after that point, or your family decides to hold a more traditional funeral instead of a direct cremation with us, then we will release all funds in the plan back to you, minus our administration fee.

What will happen with my loved one’s ashes?

We will personally hand deliver your loved one’s ashes to you about 14 days after the paperwork and payment have been finalised. If you prefer, we can scatter the ashes in a Garden of Remembrance instead, for no additional charge.

If you need the ashes sooner, or delivered at a specific time, please let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Always here to help

Not quite what you’re looking for? Go to our Advice Centre for simple, clear guides to everything after life.

Or contact our 24-hour helpline.

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