What is the difference between funeral and Cremation?

How much does it cost for a cremation in the UK?
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What is the difference between funeral and Cremation?

Everyone knows what a funeral is. It is the traditional practice of burying human remains in a coffin after death. However, the trend has changed over time with some people opting for cremation instead of burial because it saves money and time while making disposal easier.

What exactly is cremation and how does it differ from a funeral? Let’s take a look at some facts we think we know about them:


Cremations happen after funerals but not all funerals end with cremations. A person can choose to be buried or burnt depending on reaction and preference. Some religions such as Christians believe that bodies should be buried intact till the day of judgment when they will rise one last time; others like Hindus cremate their bodies as part of their religious practices of releasing the spirit of the dead and returning it to its source.

However, there are also many people who opt for cremation because of financial reasons: a burial can cost more than £10, 000 while at cremation is usually between £600 and £1,500 which makes it very attractive to most people regardless of religion or belief. Also, burning the body reduces the chances of decomposing hence reducing the period before burial.

Ceremonies surrounding funerals and cremations differ especially in timing and location. Funerals tend to be held immediately after death has occurred whereas cremations may happen hours or even days after death depending on preference and availability. A funeral service happens in a church (if you’re Christian) or a place of worship, while a cremation usually happens in a crematorium.

Cremation Services In The UK

Both funeral and cremation services vary from company to company in terms of price, location, amenities and more. To make the process easier for you, we have listed a few companies that offer these services with their prices on our website:

  1. Capital Cremations

Is cremation a substitution for a funeral?Cremation is not a substitution for a funeral as people will still mourn and remember their dead. Cremation only changes the process to make it easier on survivors. The body of the deceased is cremated and becomes part of ashes which can be buried or scattered at family’s behest.

What are different types of cremations?


There are two main cremation types: a direct cremation, where a person dies unexpectedly and doesn’t have time to plan anything, and an indirect cremation , where one plans ahead before death happens.

In an indirect cremation, there is usually a ceremony with friends and family present that processes the choice to cremate instead of bury or burn according to religious beliefs. This ceremony serves as closure for those who knew the deceased and to send off the spirit.

In a direct cremation, there is usually no ceremony since death happens unexpectedly and people are not prepared. There may be a time for friends and family to remember the deceased after cremation but it’s usually very short if they don’t have much time or if they can’t make it to the service at all.

What does a funeral/cremation cost?

Funerals and cremations vary greatly in price. Factors that influence price include location of service, type of service (indirect or direct cremation), amenities offered such as embalming and flowers, and whether you choose burial instead of burning your loved one. Most affordable Cremation Service in London – Direct Cremation £830 Total

Capital Cremations provides expert, professional cremation services throughout London. We offer an affordable range of packages to suit your needs, from low cost funerals to direct cremations. Get your free quote today call 020 7100 6074

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