Arranging an Unattended Cremation: Getting Started
There are several things that have to be done straight away. If you have not yet registered the death and received a death certificate, you should do that first. Read more about registering the death.
1. Find Out Any Funeral Wishes or Instructions
If you were close to the person who has died, you may have a good idea about what kind of funeral they wanted. They may also have written down their funeral wishes in their will. You may discover that your loved one had taken out a pre-paid unattended cremation plan, which will help guide you in the right direction in terms of their wishes.
2. Work Out How Much the Funeral Will Cost
According to SunLife, the average cost of an unattended cremation in the UK is £1,511. Depending on the provider, the price and services included can vary so be sure to always research properly before committing. Additionally, your loved one may have arranged a pre-paid plan, which can help towards the overall cost of the funeral.
Usually, these prices include:
- Collecting the deceased
- Preparation of all paperwork needed for the cremation
- The cremation fee itself
- Carrying out the cremation
- Hand-delivery of the ashes back to you
In some cases, additional fees may apply, such as for:
- Doctor’s fees
- Complex collection fees
Currently, the most affordable unattended cremation in the UK is offered by us here at Celebration of Life, starting at £759.