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.
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.
We will provide the same stately oak effect coffin that we use for Traditional Cremations.
A cremation requires certification by a medical Doctor, this fee is fully covered.
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.
The deceased will be fully cared for and prepared appropriately for cremation at our mortuary facilities in Westcliff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To Jeremy and your lovely team
Thank you for all your support during our hard times. Your team are lovely, kind and so respectful. Many family members commented how lovely you all are.
To Jeremy, Brendon and the rest of the fabulous team at Penrose Funerals
We just wanted to say what a truly fabulous Funeral we had with Jeremy at the helm. The consideration and respect he showed us and our lovely dad was so very special and lovely to see, he guided us very caringly through everything from start to finish, he made an unbearable day….bearable, for that we are so very grateful. I also wanted to say a big thank you to Brendon who made arranging the funeral so much easier with his calming and helpful way.
We all say thank you for the perfect send off for our Dad.
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To all at Penrose,
Just to say a big thank you for all that you have done for Alan and us. Your service was very well organised and was a great comfort to all of us.
Thank you so much on behalf of my family for the lovely funeral of the late Miss Pamela Gl…er.
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A big thank you to you and your team for yesterday, the day went like clockwork (apart from my father in law following the wrong limousine out of the crematorium which raised a few laughs at the wake)
To Nathan, Jeremy and everyone at Penrose, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful send off you gave Elaine, your respect and attention to detail was second to none. Thanks to each and every one of you.
Luv from All of Elaine’s friends and family xx
Nathan, Jeremy and the Penrose Team,
My wife, myself and our family would like to say a heartfelt thank you for the wonderful service we received from Penrose. We could not have asked for kinder or more helpful people and certainly everyone who attended David’s funeral gave high praise indeed to the whole event.
I cannot recommend Penrose highly enough on the amazing service provided and wish you all the very best in the future.