Why are cremations/funerals so expensive in the UK?
Cremations

What is a cremation?

A cremation is the process of burning a dead body, and is most often used as an alternative to burial. The ashes that are left after a cremation can be scattered, buried, or kept in an urn.

 

Cremations are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, as they are seen as a more affordable and eco-friendly option than traditional burials. They also take up less space, making them a good choice for urban areas.

 

If you are thinking of having a cremation for your loved one, there are a few things you need to know. Firstly, not all crematoriums offer direct cremations – this is where the body is cremated without any funeral service or ceremony. You will need to check with your chosen crematorium to see if they offer this service.

 

The cost of a cremation will vary depending on the crematorium you choose and the type of service you opt for. However, on average, a cremation costs around £800-£1,000. This is significantly cheaper than a traditional burial, which can cost upwards of £3,000.

 

If you are looking for an affordable cremation service in London, Capital Cremations offers direct cremations from just £830. We are a professional and reliable crematorium with over 15 years of experience. Get your free quote today by calling 020 7100 6074.

 

What to do after a death

If someone close to you has died, there are a few things you need to do. Firstly, you will need to contact the deceased’s doctor to arrange for the death certificate. You will also need to inform the deceased’s bank, pension provider, and insurance company.

 

You will then need to make arrangements for the funeral. If the person has expressed a preference for cremation, you will need to choose a crematorium and organise a date and time for the cremation. You can find a list of London’s crematoria here.

 

If you are looking for an affordable and professional cremation service, Capital Cremations offers direct cremations from just £830. Get your free quote today by calling 020 7100 6074.

 

Cremation FAQs

Q: What happens to the ashes after a cremation?

A: The ashes can be scattered, buried, or kept in an urn.

 

Q: Can I have a funeral service after a cremation?

A: Not all crematoriums offer funeral services – you will need to check with your chosen crematorium. However, if you do choose to have a funeral service, it can be held either before or after the cremation.

 

Q: How long does a cremation take?

A: A cremation typically takes around two hours.

 

Q: What is the difference between a direct cremation and a traditional burial?

A:If you opt for a traditional burial, the deceased is embalmed and then buried in a cemetery. If you choose a direct cremation, there is no funeral, and the body is cremated without any ceremony.

 

Q: Is it possible to have an open or closed casket at a cremation?

A: This depends on the crematorium – some allow for an open casket, whereas others do not.

 

Capital Cremations offer professional and affordable services throughout London. We offer both open and closed viewings before your loved one’s cremation, as well as aftercare options such as scatterings and commemorative plaques. Get your free quote today by calling 020 7100 6074.

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