Direct Cremation

What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is an unattended cremation without a ceremony.

They are an option for families looking to remove the stress of arranging a traditional funeral.

For some, they prefer to hold a ‘celebration of life’ or memorial service to mark the life of a loved one instead. Cremation only funerals are also a low-cost option, removing the fuss and allowing those left behind to come to terms with their loss in their own way. At every step, we care for and deliver the most sympathetic service to you and your family.

We were the first funeral directors in Somerset to offer direct cremations especially during Covid with so much uncertainty and tighter regulations on funeral attendance, many of our families  chose this way to lay their loved ones to rest and then celebrate their life at a later time.

All cremations take place at Sedgemoor Crematorium which means that your loved one is not transported half way around the country to a central hub. The care of the deceased is exactly the same as it would be for any other of our funeral plans but no-one attends on the day. Families can still choose the day the cremation takes place but not the time.

Direct Cremation Costs


(Completely inclusive of all costs)

This includes:

  • Meeting with you to discuss the arrangements
  • Help on registration, documentation and certification
  • One Doctor’s cremation paperwork fees
  • Collection of the deceased within working hours* (Within a 25 mile radius)
  • Care of deceased before Cremation and chapel visits
  • Simple coffin (up to 6ft2 x 20 size, larger coffins may incur an extra fee)
  • Cremation takes place at Sedgemoor Crematorium
  • Simple cremation urn or scatter tube


In cases where the Coroner is involved, and there is no need for the Doctor’s medical certificates (Crem 4 & 5), this fee will be deducted from the final invoice.

Out of hours care of deceased: please add £125