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Arrange a direct cremation in Essex

Many people now choose to arrange a direct cremation, but what exactly is involved?

In simple terms, a direct cremation is where a funeral director collects the person who has died, places them into a simple coffin and subsequently takes them to the crematorium to be cremated. There is no service, no mourners present and the date for the cremation is generally chosen by the funeral director. It is considered to be the most cost-effective funeral option and the ashes can still be returned to the family afterwards if this is their wish.

7 steps taken when you arrange a direct cremation in Essex

  1. The deceased is taken into the care of the funeral home.
  2. Paperwork and permits are obtained
  3. The deceased is prepared for cremation and placed in a simple coffin
  4. The funeral director arranges a cremation date and time of their choosing
  5. The coffin is transported to the crematorium
  6. Cremation takes place with no funeral ceremony, and no attendees
  7. Ashes are returned to the funeral home for collection by family

Private reflection time

Since a direct cremation has no formal funeral, and with many funeral directors not providing visitation of the deceased, some family members may feel like they do not have the opportunity for closure or to properly say goodbye to their loved one.

With this in mind, Bennetts provides the opportunity for up to 12 family members to attend our specially prepared chapel of rest. We will supply up to twelve simple printed sheets with a choice of background, to include a picture of their loved one, a poem, and some additional closing words.

We also provide a system on which to play music, or family can bring their own. The closed and sealed coffin can be decorated with a simple artificial floral arrangement which can be loaned from us.

7 reasons why people might choose to arrange a direct cremation.

Now we’ve looked at how a direct cremation actually works, and the steps involved, let’s have a look some of the reasons why people might choose a direct cremation.

  1. The option of having a a non-religious funeral
  2. Less fuss, and to keep things simple
  3. A less expensive option
  4. An eco-friendly approach to a funeral
  5. The coffin is transported to the crematorium
  6. No living relatives to attend the funeral
  7. Leave a gift or legacy with the money saved

Making a choice that’s right for you

It’s good to know that direct cremation offers people a new flexibility over how, when and where to say goodbye to someone special – but you need to make sure this choice if right for you and your family. Furthermore, you should be confident that the cremation will be undertaken in an efficient and caring manner by a trusted funeral director with a good reputation and experienced staff, such as Bennetts.

Arrange a direct cremation in Essex with a trusted funeral director

Bennetts Funeral Directors provide a very cost effective and dignified direct cremation service. We will take care of your wishes with the utmost care and respect.

If you would like advice or further information regarding any of our services, call us on 01277 210104 for an informal chat. Or pop into one of our Essex offices in either Brentwood or Billericay. A member of our friendly team of professional funeral directors will provide you with all the guidance and support you need.

Discover more about the benefits of Direct Cremation here.


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