Direct Cremation – Low Cost Funeral Options

With Direct Cremation we can offer low cost funeral options from our offices in Rayleigh and Southend, covering all the surrounding areas.  Not having a traditional funeral service is becoming an increasingly popular option. Rising funeral costs could be an issue or maybe you simply don’t want the ceremony of a funeral service.

A direct cremation service allows you to personalise a memorial service at a later date or in a more appropriate setting, with fewer time restrictions.  It keeps funeral costs low and is a good option for small families or groups.  It’s a ‘no fuss’ option for people who don’t want a funeral service.

Total Cost: £1,799 – includes:

  • Crematorium Fees
  • Doctors Certificate Fees
  • Transferring the deceased into our care (during office hours – up to 100 mile return journey.
    Transfer out of office hours incurs an additional fee of £100.00.)
  • A simple traditional foil or veneer coffin
  • Provision of Hearse
  • Attendance of conductor and four bearers.
  • (If appropriate, the family will be asked if they would like our staff to say the Lord’s Prayer prior to committal.)

Limitations: no deviations, family will not be made aware of the date of cremation, no embalming or dressing, no chapel visitation, no family attendance, no in memory donations.

Total Cost: £2,159 – Includes:

  • Your attendance at the Crematorium Chapel for a 10 Minute reflective service.
  • Crematorium Fees
  • Doctors Certificate Fees
  • Transferring the deceased into our care (during office hours – up to 100 mile return journey.  Transfer out of office hours incurs an additional fee of £100.00.)
  • A simple traditional foil or veneer coffin
  • Handling of Floral Tributes
  • Provision of Hearse
  • Attendance of conductor and four bearers

Limitations: no deviations, no embalming or dressing, no chapel visitation, no in memory donations. Service takes place at 9:30am, no use of the crematorium music system, no minister or officiant.


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“We opted for a direct cremation and could not have been treated any better than if we had gone for the most expensive option. From the start the staff were so very supportive, treating us and my late husband with enormous respect, dignity and kindness” – L. Hicks, March 2018

“Just three words, Brilliant. Efficient. Caring.”.  – J. Sleap

What Is A Direct Cremation ?

A direct cremation means that there is no traditional funeral service.  The cremation is entrusted to the funeral director and is carried out without a service. Once the cremation has taken place the person making the arrangements will be notified and the cremated remains will be passed to them.

There may be no need or want for a traditional funeral service, or the family may wish to arrange their own personal memorial service which could be held when scattering the ashes, for example this could be held at home, out in the open, in a social club or even the local pub.  Not only does this make the service more affordable but it also creates a more relaxed, informal setting.  You won’t not be so restricted by time which gives people attending the memorial service a chance to say a few words about their loved one or propose a toast in their honour – things that you are unable to do at a crematorium chapel or burial ground.

As well as the standard direct cremation service, A.R.Adams also offer a 10 minute reflective service.  This is a good option for those who don’t want the ceremony of a traditional funeral but still wish for a few of their family and friends to witness the coffin being received at the crematorium.

The Reflective service is held at Southend-on-Sea Crematorium and is very similar to the standard direct cremation, however the family are able to attend the chapel.  There is no formal service but instead the 10 minutes allocated can be used for anyone to speak, play music or just to sit and reflect.


Good Funeral Guide

A.R.Adams won the Good Funeral Guide award for Funeral Director of the Year, 2015.  All Good Funeral Guide funeral directors offer a Direct Cremation service.

Natural Death Centre

The Natural Death Centre offer independent advice on all funeral related matters.  They are familiar with Direct Cremation and can also assist you with any questions.

National Association of Funeral Directors

A.R.Adams are approved members of The National Association of Funeral Directors.

Private Chapel of Rest

We look after the deceased in our on-site mortuaries and chapels of rest. We don’t use industrial hubs or storage facilities.

Local Crematoria

We always use a local crematoria ensuring the deceased isn’t transported across the country.

Handling of Cremated Remains

We bring the ashes into our care after the service allowing you time to collect them.  We offer advice and guidance on what can be done with cremated remains.  We offer a full service instead of just leaving you to collect the ashes from the crematorium.

Traditional Hearse

The deceased is conveyed to the Crematorium in our traditional hearse, not in an unmarked van or private ambulance.

Dignified Send Off

Our Direct Cremations are carried out in the same way as a traditional funeral service in as much as the coffin is carried into the chapel on our shoulders, not wheeled in on a trolley.

How Does It Work ?

  • When a person passes away, they will be transferred into our care and will be looked after at one of our secure chapels of rest in either Rayleigh or Thorpe Bay, Southend.
  • Our experienced staff will speak with the deceased’s representative, assisting with registration procedures.  Our staff will complete all of the required paperwork for cremation. – If required arrangements can be made over the phone and via email, or post.
  • A suitable coffin will be provided and a cremation will be booked. (For those wishing to attend the crematorium, a date will be set.  Those opting for an Unattended service will not be made aware of the date.)
  • On the day of cremation, the deceased will be conveyed to the crematorium in our Jaguar hearse.  They will be respectfully carried into the crematorium chapel by our full-time staff.  For those opting to attend the service, our staff will meet you at the crematorium.
  • Once the cremation has taken place, the deceased’s personal representative will be notified and they are welcome to visit our office to collect the cremated remains.


Rayleigh: 01268 743102
Southend (Thorpe Bay): 01702 586383