Whether you’re planning ahead of time, or a loved one has recently passed away, turning straight towards a traditional funeral may be your natural instinct- and there’s no surprise. Funerals date back thousands of years and have been the norm in human culture. However, that doesn’t mean funerals are for everyone, especially with the steep price tag they often come with.
So, for those looking to stay clear of a traditional funeral, we explore your wider options after death right here.
Do you have to have a funeral by law?
There are no laws in the UK that state you must arrange a funeral service for the deceased. But there is a law that concerns dealing with the body. The Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 states that you must “dispose of the body of the person who has died by burial, cremation or any other means”.
Within this law, nowhere is a funeral service mentioned. This means the person or decision-maker is completely free to do whatever they please when it comes to saying goodbye.
So, what are the alternatives to a traditional funeral service? Let’s take a look.
Funeral service alternatives
In recent times, the UK has seen a change in attitude towards what happens after death, and there are now more alternatives to a traditional funeral service than ever before. From direct cremations, through to green funerals and further celebrations of life, you’ll find an option suited to your desires and budget.
If you’re not keen on the thought of a traditional funeral service, or just want something a little different, here are various funeral alternatives you may want to consider.