Direct cremation is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional funeral services. With the average cost of a funeral in the UK having risen to a staggering £4,800, more and more families are turning to direct cremation in Hertfordshire, which now accounts for 1 in every 14 funerals.
Direct cremation differs from traditional funeral services, because there is no service at the time of cremation. Instead, the cremation takes place privately and respectfully at our regional crematorium, and then the ashes are returned to your family at a later date, or scattered in the Garden of Remembrance. This is what enables us to keep costs down, as there is no additional cost of hiring out a chapel or other venue. Harbour offers direct cremation in Hertfordshire for just £895, with no upfront payments or hidden costs.
What’s included in the cost?
For the standard price of £895 Harbour will collect your loved one from any hospital or mortuary in England or Wales, and transport them to our regional crematorium. We will then provide them with an environmentally-friendly, wooden coffin made by British craftsmen, and they will be looked after until the cremation takes place. There will then be a private and respectful cremation at our regional crematorium, and we will ensure that you are informed of the date and time beforehand. Following the cremation, the ashes can then be scattered at the crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance.
Are there any additional costs or services?
Yes, whilst our standard price of £895 includes all of the above services, there are also optional extras which incur an additional cost.
If you’d prefer to have the ashes returned to you, rather than scattered in the Garden of Remembrance, they can be hand delivered to you after the cremation. They will be packaged in a sustainable, wooden urn complete with an engraved nameplate and delivered at your convenience for £91.
Should you require a doctor’s certification, our team can handle this for you. This costs £82, the fee set by the British Medical Association.
Collection of your loved one from a hospice, nursing home, or private residence incurs an additional fee of £250, to enable us to partner with local funeral directors. Collection from any hospital or coroner is included in our standard fee.
If the deceased has a pacemaker or other battery-powered device, this must be removed before the cremation can take place. As this requires a qualified professional to certify if removal is necessary, this costs an additional £100.
Those who are over 6 feet tall or weigh more than 200lbs, require a custom coffin and the use of specialised equipment. This costs £250.
What if I’d like to plan for my own direct cremation?
Please read more about our direct cremation funeral plans.
What happens next?
If you would like more information about direct cremation in Hertfordshire, or would like to begin making arrangements, please email us at [email protected]. Or call a member of our team on 0800 133 7961.
Hospital Bereavement Offices in Hertfordshire
The Watford General Hospital Bereavement Office phone number is 01923 217114. They are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Their address is Patient Affairs Department, Watford General Hospital (Princess Michael of Kent Wing), Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0HB.
The Lister Hospital Bereavement Office (Stevenage) phone numbers are 01438 284208, 01438 284185, and 01438 288463. They are open for telephone enquiries weekdays from 9am – 4pm but closed from midday to 1pm for lunch. Their address is Bereavement Office, Lister Hospital, Corey’s Mill Lane, Stevenage, Herts SG1 4AB
Register a death in Hertfordshire
All deaths in Hertfordshire should be registered with the Hertfordshire Registrar. You can call them to book a registration appointment on 0300 123 4045. They have offices in Bishop’s Stortford, Cheshunt, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, St Albans, Stevenage, and Watford. But please phone to book an appointment before attending in person.
Coroners in Hertfordshire
The Hertfordshire Coroner Service investigates all unexpected deaths in the county of Hertfordshire. You can phone them on 01707 292707 or alternatively email [email protected] Their address is Hertfordshire Coroner Service, The Old Courthouse, St Albans Road East, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0ES. The coroner’s service is open Monday to Thursday from 8AM to 4:30PM and Friday from 8AM to 4PM.