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.
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 ‘Reflection Service’ for an extra £550. This includes 10 minutes in the chapel with the coffin for personal reflection 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 all at Penrose Funerals,
Just to let you know how much your kindness means, a huge thanks, you done us all proud. I cannot speak highly enough of you all. On behalf of ‘Doris Davis’ (service 30th Jan 2020 @ 1.40pm) we thank you from our hearts.
Dear Nathan and Jeremy, Thank you so much for all your help. You are truly a great family business!
Thank you so much for making Brian’s funeral so special, he would have loved it. I cannot thank you enough for all your care and compassion through a very difficult time.
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
Dear Nathan, Jeremy and everyone and Penrose,
Thank you so much for looking after my son – Thomas Street – while he was in your care. The past few weeks have been so distressing but you made organising the funeral so much easier than I thought it would be.
I am especially grateful for the visits that you organised for me, especially the final one. I am also very grateful to Jeremy for your kind words on the day of the service.
I am so pleased that we chose to bring Tom to you. You have made my darkest times a little brighter.
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.
Dear Jeremy, Nathan and the funeral boys,
Thank you for your kindness, patience, professionalism, your unswerving aplomb at our weird requests, and for your versatility in adapting to necessary last minute restrictions and changes due to Covid.
Above all though thank you for taking care of my dad,
Many thanks for looking after John whilst he was in your care. Also thank you for all your help and support you gave us to give John a good send off on his final journey.
Such professional, caring and compassionate people.
A huge big thank you from all of us