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Direct cremations are an increasingly popular and affordable alternative to traditional funeral services, without compromising on the quality of care. They are a modern choice for those who do not want a funeral that is bound by religious tradition. It is a low-cost option that allows you to say goodbye in a simple way. A direct cremation is free of elements that some people consider as unnecessary when bidding farewell to their loved ones such as pallbearers, funeral vehicles and a minister. However, it doesn’t mean that the care your loved one receives is anything less than of the highest of standards. Direct cremation is typically the least expensive option because it can avoid additional costs that can be incurred with a traditional funeral service such as viewing the deceased at a chapel of rest, funeral transportation, embalming and photography.

Is Direct Cremation or Burial More Flexible?

Direct cremation is far more flexible than burial. It can let you choose whether to have a memorial service at the crematorium or at a later date with your loved one’s ashes. This can be particularly helpful if you require more time to make arrangements with distant family members. You will also have a lot of options when it comes to the ashes. You can scatter them in your loved one’s favourite location, bury them or get them made into jewellery. Ashes can also be shared between family members and friends, which is a great option if you all live in different locations and won’t be able to visit the same cemetery easily.

The Pros and Cons of Direct Cremation

There are different pros and cons to consider when it comes to making a decision. Keep these in mind when choosing direct cremation. Remember that a funeral director will be able to help you and answer any questions you may have.


  • Direct cremation is generally regarded as an environmentally friendly option because it prevents cemeteries from expanding further into the natural environment.
  • It can be a simpler, quicker process than a traditional funeral service. There is less planning that goes into it, and there are fewer less complicated details.
  • Many people choose direct cremation because it is more cost-efficient than a traditional funeral service.
  • Cremation ashes can offer a unique opportunity for family and friends to come together to scatter the ashes of their loved one, which can be a wonderful bonding experience.


  • Direct cremation may cause tension between family members about the ashes should be handled.
  • The process can be hard to explain to young children.
  • Some religions don’t agree with direct cremation, so some family members might not be comfortable with the decision.
  • If you choose to scatter your loved one’s ashes, there will be no headstone to remember them by.

Why Choose Direct Cremation Over a Traditional Funeral?

Personal preferences and religious beliefs are big motivational factors for people who choose direct cremation. With a direct cremation, the date and time of the cremation is set by the funeral director. Normally, there are no relatives or friends present, although witnesses are allowed. Without the time pressure of a traditional funeral service, family and friends are free to organise a memorial service at time and place that suits them. For many people, the simplicity of a direct cremation is what makes it an appealing alternative, with their family not having to worry about the burden of the full-blown service and the complicated logistics that come with it.

S. Stibbards & Sons Are Here to Help

S. Stibbards & Sons can help you organise a direct cremation for your loved one. We have been serving our local community since 1867, which means that every detail, no matter how small is just as important to us just as much as it matters to you. If you choose us, we can arrange a time to visit you in the comfort of your own home to discuss your loved one’s cremation. If you would like to talk to us about our direct cremation service, please get in touch through our contact page or call us on 01702 558 717 today.



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