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Let us tell you about direct cremation

Direct Cremation from Essex Cremations is for those who for lots of reasons prefer not to have a funeral service. It’s an alternative to a traditional funeral as there is no one present at the cremation. Regardless of how you’d like to say farewell, our caring team treat everyone with the same level of professionalism, integrity and care. 

Why choose Essex Cremations? 

We know each funeral is different, and every person unique. This belief is at the centre of what we do, and the way that we work. We take great pride in offering a professional, caring and sensitive service, taking care of loved ones and their families at their time of need. 

What is a Direct Cremation?

Direct Cremation from Essex Cremation is for those, who for lots of reasons, prefer not to have a funeral service. This option of a simple, straightforward cremation is now being chosen by a growing number of people. Direct Cremation is a funeral without the traditional service; we’ll arrange for the person who has died to be taken into our care and then for an unattended cremation at a crematorium of our choosing. The ashes can then be collected or scattered at the crematorium or we can arrange for them to be delivered to you. This type of funeral gives you the freedom to remember someone in your own way, whether that’s a quiet moment of reflection or a celebration of life at a time and place to suit you and your family members.

How do I decide if Direct Cremation is the right choice? 

Today funerals are still celebrated as they were 100 years ago. But things are starting to change as we create more unique ways to say goodbye. There are many reasons why Direct Cremation may be right for you, such as: 

- You want to have a separate remembrance or celebration of life away from a church or crematorium 

- Family or friends live abroad or have poor health, which would make attending the funeral difficult 

- A religious or traditional funeral is not in keeping with the principles of the person who has died

- It’s about fulfilling the wishes of the person who has died.

Our professional Direct Cremation includes all the essential services you’d expect: 

- Our professionally-trained team take care of all the necessary arrangements and guide you every step of the way 

- We make all the arrangements for the person who has died to be transferred in to our care

- Care and preparation of the person who has died 

The crematorium will take care of the ashes, which you can collect if required, or we can arrange to have them scattered at the crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance. Alternatively, if you’d like the ashes delivered to you, we can arrange this to take place within 28 days of the cremation taking place. 

Important information about choosing Direct Cremation

We are proud to be open about our services, below are some restrictions with Direct Cremation

- As part of this service once we’ve brought the person who has died in to our care family and friends will not be able to visit the deceased

- It’s not possible to choose what date or time you would like the cremation to take place but we’ll always let you know what day it will be

- The location of the crematorium is of our choosing

- No mourners including family or friends are able to attend the crematorium on the day 

Step-by-step guide 

Everything you need to know about arranging a Direct Cremation.

1. We will guide you through every step of the way. We’re available anytime, any day on 01277 416813. You can also visit the website or, we can visit you at you home.

2. We’ll explain to you in detail what the Direct Cremation includes so, you can be clear if this is what you expected and would like to proceed.

3. We’ll arrange the transfer of your loved one in to our care, no matter the time of day you need us.

4. We’ll help with the paperwork. We’ll send the documents you’ll need to sign and complete, this will include the agreement and an application for cremation. In England and Wales this is the Cremation 1 Form. We can send these by email or post. If you have any queries when you receive these, you can contact us. It’s important to complete these and return them as soon as possible, along with the original certificate for cremation. This is commonly known as the green certificate/form. Once we have all the paperwork we’ll proceed with finalising the arrangements.

5. How to pay. Once we’ve sent all the documentation we’ll contact you to make payment. Payment can be made by using a credit or a debit card. 

6. We’ll make all of the arrangements. The date of the cremation will be confirmed, once we’ve received all the paperwork, processed payment and have your loved one in our care. Our dedicated team of advisers will be in touch with you to confirm the date your loved one will be taken to the crematorium. This can give you peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of in a dignified, caring way and will give you a moment to reflect, should you wish to do so.

7. We’ll call you once the cremation has taken place. We’ll contact you once your loved one’s ashes are ready to be collected or delivered to you. Alternatively, we can arrange for these to be delivered to you or scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at the crematorium. 

Useful information 

What the Registrar will do. They’ll issue a green certificate/form, or in Scotland, a Certificate of Registration of Death Form 14. We’ll need to have the original certificate sent to us along with the other documentation we sent you. Additional certified copies of the entry of death can be obtained from the Registrar for a small charge (these may be needed for legal or financial purposes). If the death is sudden. Things are a bit different if the death is unexpected. The emergency doctor or the police will call in a specialist to find out exactly why and how the person died. In England and Wales, that’s the role of the Coroner. In Scotland, the Procurator Fiscal does that job. Registering a death might work a bit differently if the Coroner or the Procurator Fiscal is looking into the death. If that happens, we can talk to you about it and give you advice. You can’t register the death until the coroner/Procurator Fiscal gives permission.A doctor or the police may report the death to a coroner/Procurator Fiscal if the:

- cause of death is unknown

- death was sudden and unexplained

- person who died was not visited by 

a medical practitioner during their 

final illness

- medical certificate isn’t available

- person who died wasn’t seen by 

the doctor who signed the medical 

certificate within 14 days before death 

or after they died

- death occurred during an operation 

or before the person came out of 


- medical certificate suggests the death 

may have been caused by an industrial 

disease or industrial poisoning

- death was violent or unnatural

If you have any questions then please contact us and allow us to assit you further.