Unattended Funeral: Direct Cremation only £1,295
With no hidden costs

During the Coronavirus lockdown there is a limit on the number of people who can attend a funeral. For some families an unattended funeral, known as a Direct Cremation, might be a very helpful solution to the dilemma this poses. A Direct Cremation differs from a Traditional Cremation in that there is no service beforehand and there are no mourners in attendance. This gives you the opportunity to arrange a dignified funeral for your loved one now with the opportunity to arrange a memorial service or gathering at a later date when it is safe to do so. This will allow you to commemorate your loved one’s life in a way that you, and your family, would wish.

The financial advantage of a Direct Cremation is considerable, saving over £1,500 on a Traditional Cremation. This allows you the financial freedom to arrange a memorial service at a later date, at a venue of your choice, while still keeping your budget well below the cost of a traditional cremation. We are very happy to help you arrange a minister or celebrant for such a memorial service at no extra charge.

Please note that our Direct Cremation, which is £1,295, includes everything that is required without hidden costs such as collection, return of ashes or removal of pacemakers or artificial limbs. We also bring your loved one into our care immediately* and provide a full hearse for the cremation instead of a ‘Funeral Vehicle’ which is usually a van or estate car.

*Some online companies leave the deceased in the hospital until the day before the cremation which merely transfers the costs and the pressures of storage onto the NHS which we consider morally indefensible at this time.

We also care for, and cremate, your loved one locally rather than transporting them many miles away to a distant crematorium.

Unattended Funeral - What’s Included
Direct Cremation
Direct Cremation

Arriving in an elegant hearse and accompanied by one of our Funeral Directors and staff the coffin will be placed with full honours in the chapel at Southend Crematorium.

A standard coffin
A standard coffin

We will provide the same stately oak effect coffin that we use for Traditional Cremations.

Doctor's Fees
Doctor's Fees

A cremation requires certification by a medical Doctor, this fee is fully covered.

Transportation
Transportation

Immediate collection of the deceased into our care where they will remain until the day of the cremation when they will be transported in an elegant hearse to Southend Crematorium.

Care of your loved one in our mortuary
Care of your loved one in our mortuary

The deceased will be fully cared for and prepared appropriately for cremation at our mortuary facilities in Westcliff.

Handling of ashes
Handling of ashes

We will collect and care for the ashes which you can collect at your convenience from our office in Westcliff. You can also choose to have the ashes scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at Southend.

We also include, at no extra cost
Collection of ashes
Collection of ashes
Ashes will be collected and available for return usually within one week
Ashes Containers
Ashes Containers
We will provide a beautiful scatter tube (select from our range) or a biodegradable urn free of charge and place the ashes in this for you.
Local Crematorium
Local Crematorium
Your loved one will be cared for locally and cremated in Southend. They will not be transported to a distant crematorium, plus you will be fully informed of the time and date that the cremation will occur.
Elegant Hearse
Elegant Hearse
Most budget Direct Cremations offer a ‘Funeral Vehicle’, which is usually a van or estate car, but we include a full hearse as standard.
Funeral Director
Funeral Director
The presence of an experience Funeral Director on the day of the cremation.
Removal
Removal
If the deceased has a pacemaker or any artificial limbs etc we will remove these at no extra cost.
Family Attendance
Family Attendance
Direct cremations are not designed for the attendance of family or mourners. With that in mind the crematorium has placed a number of restrictions on Direct Cremations. These include that no one is allowed to enter the chapel, no officient may hold any kind of service and no music is allowed. Only funeral staff may be involved whilst the coffin is placed in the chapel. With this in mind we appreciate that some family members would like to witness the short procession into the chapel. We can arrange for a maximum of 3 people to attend a Direct Cremation for this purpose and to say farewell. Please note that while 2 or 3 people are welcome to attend this must not delay the proceedings in any way as we must follow crematorium rules and schedules at all times.

Please note, we can provide an ‘Intimate Cremation’ for an extra £255. This includes 10 minutes in the chapel with the coffin but with no minister or celebrant and no music being played.

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What might be required that is not included in the £1,295?

There is only two things that may be required that are not covered in our price. The first is an out-of-hours collection, i.e. a collection that does not happen between 9am and 4pm. This will not be relevant if the deceased has passed away in hospital, but if they have passed away at home, or in a care home or hospice, then an out-of-hours collection may be required. We only charge £120 for out of hours collection.

The second is if the deceased is over 20 stone in weight in which case we will require extra staff on the day. Within reason this will require two additional staff so the additional cost would usually be £100 for this.

What is not included in a direct cremation

So that you fully understand what a Direct Cremation is we have included the following list of things that are not included in a Direct Cremation.

We are very aware that the current pandemic has put restrictions on funerals that are very hard for some families. We just want to provide an alternative funeral scenario for families and friends who would like to have a proper memorial service at a later date while keeping costs reasonable. We hope that this information has been helpful to you, please do not hesitate to call us on 01702 436000 if you have any questions or would like to arrange a funeral.

If you are considering plans for your own funeral please see details of our pre-paid plans where you can order further information with a single click.

Testimonials

To all the staff at Penrose Funeral Services,

Thank you all so much for being so helpful and kind at a very difficult time. Keep up the excellent, friendly service.

Kind regards

Sonia and family - May 2018

Thank you so much for Mum’s send off, you showed such empathy and compassion, everything was done with such respect and dignity, we are so pleased we left our Mother in your care.

Thank you once again

J Noonan and L Wheele - January 2017

Dear Jeremy, Nathan and Team,

Saying ‘thank you’ doesn’t begin to express how grateful I am for all that you have done for me and for my family.

Maxine Forrest - December 2018

I just want to say a huge thank you for allowing me to say hello and goodbye to my birth mother Pat W. I never gave up searching for her and really appreciate your help and understanding in allowing me to finish this so beautifully

Linda - Oct 2018

To all at Penrose Funerals,

Please accept my thanks for the sensitive and professional way in which you carried out my mother’s funeral arrangements. My brothers and I were also extremely happy with the way everything went on the day.

Thank you

Simon Jarvis - April 2020

To Nathan an all staff at Penrose

Thank you for making the worst day of my life bearable.

The difficulties I faced arranging a funeral for my beloved husband were made easier with your empathy, compassion and professionalism, particularly considering the added pressure during the Pandemic.

Love always

Tina Arthur – wife of Geoffrey Arthur - August 2020

Dear Nathan,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the caring way you helped me plan my beautiful mum’s funeral. As it is a time of terrible loss and sadness I cannot think of anyone else who could have made it more bearable. Thank you so much and God Bless you.

Eleanor R - August 2017

To Nathan and all the team at Penrose,

We would just like to say a big “Thank you” for the care and consideration you gave our dad, Alan. We really appreciated your assistance and attention to detail as this sad time. Your kind support and guidance was a huge help to us.

Many thanks again

The Winch Family - July 2017
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