What is a direct cremation?
Initially made popular by David Bowie, a Direct Cremation is simply a cremation without a service. The person who has died is collected and cared for by us until the day of the cremation when they are taken in a simple coffin to the crematorium without any mourners present.
Why choose a Direct Cremation?
This is the lowest priced option for a funeral and for many this is a driving factor. For others, they just do not want to have a funeral service at the time of the death. A Direct Cremation enables the family to be able to hold a memorial ceremony, if they wish to, at a time and place that suits them.
Cost of a 'Gentle Stag' Direct Cremation
TOTAL COST ONLY £998*
Collection of the person who has died anywhere mainland England & Wales.
Bringing the person who has died back into our professional care until the day of cremation.
Transportation of the coffin on the day of the cremation.
You will be notified the date and time of the cremation.
Dr's cremation certificates.
Cremation fees for an unattended cremation.
Simple eco-friendly coffin.
Simple ashes casket.
24/7 professional support.
Access to specialist grief videos.
Once a month live Zoom 'Remembering in Love' meditation.
*For oversized coffins extra will be charged. Please contact us for further details.
This cost is for collection from a hospital or hospice mortuary. at a time convenient to us.
Collection from a care home or home will be £450 extra - out of hours collections will be subject to extra cost.
Full payment is required before the collection of the person who has died.
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads,
there lived a little water beetle in a community of water
beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond
with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of
their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and
would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their
friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge
to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would
not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what
he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the
surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so
warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body
changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful
blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body
designed for flying.
Some simple ideas
Just because you won't be at the crematorium doesn't mean you can't hold you're own memorial ceremony anywhere you like or perhaps just do something special for yourself.
There are many ways you can do this, here are just a few:
Ask people to join you in the garden to light candles, listen to music and share memories.
Raise a toast to the person who has died giving thanks for their life.
Do something creative to mark the day, you could even find a pottery class and make a beautiful ceramic urn for the ashes.
Cook a special meal that was a favourite to the person who died and invite people around to share memories.
Ask people who knew the person to all stop at a specific time in the day for one minutes silence to honour their life.
Ask people to write their favourite, happiest, most meaningful memories/stories in detail and send to you to keep in a memory book for future generations.
Go for a walk in nature wearing an item of your loved one's clothes, immerse yourself in the sound of nature.
Create a playlist of all their favourite songs.
Make a memory book, give yourself time to make this as special and beautiful as possible.
The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way, only what is right for you. You knew the person the best, you know what they would have wanted, what reflects them as well as what will help you in your grief.
Giving you a map
Death can come so suddenly, and even if not, the finality of death tends to always place us in a state of shock.
Making our way through the maelstrom of grief can be difficult and daunting.
We are here to help guide you through the entire process, supporting you afterwards too with our online video's and 'Remembering in Love' meditation meet ups where you will be supported to connect to a space of peace and harmony.
Our entire team are compassionate, loving and genuinely care for each and every person that comes into our care.
We offer other services too please click here for further information.