Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to have a funeral?
Legally, there is no requirement for you to arrange a funeral service. However, when someone dies, their body must be disposed of safely. In most cases, this is through burial or cremation, though there are some alternatives, such as burial at sea.
That means that even if you want no ceremony when you die, your friends or family will still have to make arrangements and pay for burial or cremation services.
If your next of kin cannot afford to pay for a basic burial or cremation, your local council will arrange a Public Health Funeral for you – but they will try to reclaim the costs from your estate. This means that they may claim back the cost of burial and cremation fees from whatever savings, property or belongings you leave behind.
Therefore, even though you do not have to have a funeral, the cost of burial or cremation must be covered. That’s why planning ahead is essential.
Prefer no funeral service, just a cremation? Consider a Direct Cremation Plan
Direct cremation is when a person is cremated without a funeral service. There will be no mourners present, no flowers or hymns. The coffin is usually basic. After the cremation, the next of kin can collect the cremation ashes.
Cremation only funerals are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, where the average cost of a funeral is $7,181 (£5,485). In the UK too, where the cost of a funeral is rising year on year, more people are looking for cost-effective, simple funerals.
While direct cremation is the cheapest option, many people find a traditional funeral is an important part of the grieving process. Think carefully about what you want to happen and make sure a direct funeral is the right choice for you.
Can I pre-arrange a direct cremation without a funeral?
You can arrange your own cremation in advance with a prepaid cremation plan.
You’ll be able to secure the funeral director fees at today’s prices for only £1,895, making sure everything is arranged in advance for your loved ones. Call our friendly team today on 0800 014 9112 for more information, or buy online.
Is there a simpler alternative to a full traditional funeral service?
If you're looking to plan a funeral cremation service, giving your family members and other loved ones the chance to say goodbye, consider Avalon's Cremation with service funeral plan.
This plan allows you to fix cremation fees at today's prices, and includes a family-organised service at the crematorium of your choice. Your family can choose the day of the service, with no limit on attendees.