For many families, the expense of a funeral creates a lot of additional stress during an already difficult time. The average cost of a funeral in the UK has reached £4,800 – an extortionate figure. At Harbour, we believe that funerals should be affordable and accessible for everyone, without compromising dignity or respect. As such, Harbour offers direct cremation in Bedfordshire for £895, with no upfront costs or hidden payments.
Direct cremation separates the cremation itself from the funeral service. This means that there are no mourners in attendance, with the cremation taking place respectfully and privately at one of our regional crematoria. Many families then choose to hold their own memorial services at a later date, with the scattering of the ashes often being incorporated into these celebrations.
What is included in our £895 direct cremation in Bedfordshire?
For our standard price of £895, we will collect your loved one from any hospital or mortuary in England or Wales, and transport them to our regional crematoria. If the deceased is in a private home, hospice or other residence, collection will incur an additional fee of £250 as we will be required to send our on-call team 24/7.
Once collected, your loved one will be looked after and provided with an environmentally-friendly wooden coffin, made by British craftsmen. The cremation will then take place privately and respectfully at our crematorium, and we will make sure that you are aware of the date and time beforehand. Following the cremation, the ashes can be scattered in the crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance. If you would prefer to have the ashes returned to you, they can be hand-delivered in an eco-friendly urn, with an engraved nameplate, for £91. Many families will then choose to scatter the ashes later on.
Can I attend the cremation?
Unfortunately, mourners are unable to attend the cremation as there is no venue or chapel hired out to host a service. Instead, we will inform you of the exact time and date at which the cremation will take place, should you wish to mark the occasion.
Often, the family and friends of the deceased will arrange their own celebrations of their loved one’s life after the cremation has taken place, at a date and time which may hold sentimental value, or a time of year with more favourable weather.
If you would prefer to arrange a cremation with a service at the same time, our partner company Willow Lake offers funeral services for just £1995. They have locations nearby in Aylesbury and Cambridge. For more information or to begin making arrangements, please call a member of their team on 0800 464 7277. Alternatively, send them an email at [email protected].
How do you keep costs down?
Direct cremation is much more affordable than traditional funeral services. This is because there is no additional expense of hiring out a venue in which to host the funeral service. Instead, there is only the cost of the cremation itself, the coffin, and the transportation of the deceased beforehand. Traditional funeral services become excessively expensive due to the cost of the venue, flowers, catering, transportation of guests, and other additional costs.
What happens next?
If direct cremation sounds like the right option for you and your family, or you would like further information, please call a member of our experienced team on 0800 133 7961. Or, send us an email at [email protected].
Hospital Bereavement Departments in Bedfordshire
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Bereavement Office can be contacted on 01582 497344. They are open weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm.
Bedford Hospital’s Bereavement Services telephone number is 01234 792163. They are available weekdays from 10am to 3:30pm and their email address is [email protected]
Register a Death in Bedfordshire
If you need to register a death in Luton, please contact the Luton Registration Service. You can book an appointment on their website or alternatively call them on 0300 790 0341. They are open weekdays from 9:15am to 4:15pm. Their address is Luton Register Office, 6 George Street West, Luton, LU1 2BJ.
To register a death in Central Bedfordshire, please contact Central Bedfordshire’s Registration Service on 0300 300 8089 to book your appointment. The office address is The Court House, Woburn Street, Ampthill, MK45 2HX. Opening times are weekdays 9am to 4:30pm.
For deaths that occur with the Bedford Borough Council, you will need to complete the online pre-registration form to book your appointment.
Coroners in Bedfordshire
All unexpected deaths within Bedfordshire are investigated by the Bedfordshire and Luton Coroner Service. Their telephone number is 0300 300 8383 or you can email them at [email protected] Their address is The Court House, Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HX. Their phone lines are open from 8am until 4pm every weekday.