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Our direct cremation FAQs are designed to address commonly asked questions.

The team at Bennetts Funeral Directors have put together a list of frequently asked questions relating to direct cremation. Our direct cremation FAQs are designed to address commonly asked questions. However, if you require further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Why would you have a direct cremation?

A direct cremation, also known as a no-service cremation or a simple cremation, is a contemporary choice for people who do not want a funeral service bound in tradition. It offers a low cost funeral that allows you to bid a respectful farewell in a simple way.

Is direct cremation a good idea?

If you know that the person who has died wished for a direct cremation, or you’d prefer to celebrate and remember their life in another way, rather than holding a traditional funeral, then a direct cremation can be a good choice.

Do you have a coffin for a direct cremation?

A direct cremation typically involves a simple container, which may be made from cardboard or another cheaper material, rather than solid wood. UK law states that a body must be covered in public, so a shroud or other covering may be used instead, Most funeral directors include an appropriate coffin within the cost of the direct cremation service.

Who attends a direct cremation?

99% of direct cremations are unattended. In most cases, there are no mourners at a direct cremation. However, some venues permit a small number of people to attend. This almost always incurs an extra charge and timings and numbers will be limited.

Will you know when the cremation takes place?

The funeral director is in charge of arranging a cremation date and time of their choosing. Family members are not notified of this. Therefore, you will not know when the cremation will take place.

Are direct cremations respectful?

A direct cremation is a completely respectful and honourable cremation service that respects every individuals wishes and beliefs. However, you should be confident that the cremation will be undertaken in an efficient and caring manner by a funeral director with a good reputation and experienced staff.

How much does a direct cremation cost?

One of the main benefits of a direct cremation is the cost, as it’s around 60% cheaper than a traditional funeral. It is considered to be the cheapest funeral option and ashes can still be returned to the family afterwards if this is their wish.

Can you visit the deceased before a direct cremation?

Many funeral directors do not provide visitation of the deceased. Bennetts, however, provides the opportunity for up to 12 family members to attend our specially prepared chapel of rest.

What happens to the ashes after a direct cremation?

The ashes are usually placed in a temporary urn and returned to the funeral home for collection by family.

Bennetts provide a service for professional direct cremations in Essex

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.

Would like to thank Martyn for his expertise and compassion arranging the funeral for my late husband, Tod. Nothing was too much trouble and he made sure everything was exactly as we wanted from start to finish + was available at all times. Thank you again.

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Barbara Elliott

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I can’t thank Bennett’s Funeral Directors enough for looking after my family throughout the most devastating time of our lives when we lost our beautiful mum. They were highly professional, so respectful, understanding and discreet throughout. I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend them. Thank you.

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Peta Keen

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From start to finish this company is fantastic. The attention and respect from the staff is brilliant. I would not hesitate to recommend them. We lost my dad and mother in law within a few months and although completely different funerals Bennett’s where professional, kind, and respectful. Don’t go elsewhere these people are the A team

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Bennetts, in particular Martyn, handled every tough, emotional situation with care and compassion. He was thorough and made sure everything was clear and what we wanted.

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