Unattended Funeral: Direct Cremation only £1,490
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 £1,490, 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. Please note that the crematorium provides Direct Cremations on the understanding that there will be no family members present and requests that this be respected.

Please note, we can provide a ‘Reflection Service’ for an extra £550. This service would be at 9am and  includes 10 minutes for the family in the chapel with the coffin for personal reflection and private goodbyes.  The Reflection Service does not include any minister or celebrant and no music is provided or played during the service.

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What might be required that is not included in the £1,490?

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

Thank you all so very much​

You are a lovely bunch, you made what was a terrible time much more bearable. Best Wishes,

Dawn and Dee Ivens - April 2019

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

- March 2017
Hello. I would like to thank you all for the care, support and compassion you all showed and for the lovely service you gave for my husband Dennis’ funeral on 11th August. He had a grand “send off” with so many to say their goodbyes, and the sun shone too. John Banks gave a lovely service and myself and my family would like to express our thanks for your help on such a sad day in our lives.
Regards,
Barbara and all the Hudswell family - Sept 2021

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.

Best wishes

Angela Nash and all the family of Arthur Buckley - October 2020

To everybody at Penrose

Thank you so very much for the professional service you provided for my son ‘Pat’ yesterday. Much love…

Julie Ruder and all of our family - August 2018

Jeremy, I just wanted to thank you and your team so very much for making mum’s celebration of life so special.

Despite the awful weather and road and rail problems on the day your team were kind, considerate, majestic and splendid throughout.
My family and I are most grateful to you all.

Kind regards,
Amanda
Mandy B - June 2021

Without you all Boogie’s final journey wouldn’t have been the magical closing chapter of his wonderful life, you made it very special for us all.

Babs - February 2017
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