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What are direct cremations?

The pandemic appears to have triggered a shift in people’s attitudes towards funerals with direct cremations becoming more popular.

When restrictions were in place during the multiple lockdowns, we saw a rise in direct cremations. It gave families a chance to remember their loved ones at a later date when they could get together properly.

But with restrictions now eased, is a direct cremation something that should be considered, and is it just specialist funeral companies that provide the service?

What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is a cremation with no funeral service. There is no ceremony beforehand, and there are no attendees. Once the cremation has taken place, the ashes are returned to the family to do as they wish.

Direct cremation can be used as a way of reducing funeral costs. It can also provide a valuable service if the individual didn’t have any family.

It is also an option for families who do not wish to have any service as part of the funeral.

But whatever the reasoning, it provides another option for customers.

Can only specialist firms provide direct cremations?

What most people don’t realise is that family funeral directors, like us here at W J Beswetherick and Son Ltd, are also able to offer direct cremations.

There is a preconception that companies, such as Pure Cremation and Distinct Cremation, are the only organisations able to provide the service.

But, with over 60 years’ experience, our family at Beswetherick has adapted to support customers’ needs and provide a service that fulfils everyone’s wishes. This includes direct cremations, and we can also arrange pre-paid direct cremation funeral plans.

If you’re interested in finding out more about direct cremations, then please get in touch with the team at W J Beswetherick and Sons Limited.