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Ashes are returned by hand usually within 14 days

What is a direct cremation?

Direct cremation is a simple and low-cost alternative to a traditional funeral where no service is held at the crematorium. A direct cremation with Celebration of Life includes the collection of the deceased and care at a specialist mortuary until the day of cremation. The service includes a simple coffin and everything else needed for the cremation including crematorium fees. Celebration of Life also let the family know the day and time the cremation will take place, so they can do something personal at the time, such as light a candle or raise a glass. After the direct cremation, Celebration of Life can deliver the ashes anywhere in Great Britain or the ashes can be scattered by the crematorium staff in the crematorium's dedicated garden of remembrance. Friends and family are then free to gather to commemorate the life of their loved one in a positive and more personal way.

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Emily's Story

Emily's Story

"When my dad passed away in hospital I was faced with having to find an undertaker. The thought of a funeral service being such an upsetting event, simply terrified me. I know my dad hated the idea of a big fuss but he meant the world to me and I wanted something personal to commemorate his life. It was a friend who mentioned Celebration of Life, so I gave them a call and couldn’t be more comfortable with my decision. They arranged to take dad into their care. What made it special was being updated throughout, so I knew exactly when he was cremated. Instead of a rushed funeral, I was able to gather our family and create a beautiful day with his friends there as well. Celebrating his life was the perfect way to remember dad and what he meant to us. I know we all came away from that day with love in our hearts."

Ashes Biodegradable Scatter Tube

What can I do with the ashes?

After a direct cremation with Celebration of Life, if you would like the ashes to be returned to you by hand, they will arrive in a biodegradable scatter tube shown here unless you supply us with your own choice of urn. You can bury this directly in the ground or use it to scatter the ashes somewhere special.

There are also many other things you can do with the ashes to make the moment a special memory. You could turn some into jewellery or a range of other keepsakes. You could even send them into the sky with a firework, release them off a boat at sea or plant them with a seedling to grow into a tree.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What coffin will be used?

Celebration of Life use simple MDF coffins that use responsibly and sustainably sourced materials to ensure that as little solid wood is used as possible. We do not use cardboard coffins as crematoriums do not like this material being used.

Will I know when the cremation takes place?

The Celebration of Life team will contact you with as much notice as possible to advise you of the date and time the cremation will take place so you can be thinking about it.

Can I attend the cremation?

Although a direct cremation is an unattended service, you can pay extra to have a service at the crematorium. Visit our direct cremation or simple funerals page found at the bottom of the website for more information.

Speak to our team today

Call us anytime 24/7 on

0800 150 3555