What is a direct cremation?
A direct cremation is a contemporary alternative to a traditional, full service funeral. It involves separating the cremation from an attended service. The cremation takes place without a ceremony or mourners at the crematorium.
Instead, friends and family can hold their own ceremony after the cremation has taken place, if they wish. This could be either a secular or a religious service. Although there is no coffin, it gives you the opportunity to say goodbye and to scatter the ashes from the direct cremation in your own special way.
You can arrange a direct cremation with Harbour in Kingston. Find out how below.
Why choose a direct cremation with Harbour?
A direct cremation is a more affordable option for many families, without compromising on the quality of care. Direct Cremation by Harbour offers respectful and caring cremation at Kingston Crematorium, with prices starting from £895. This saves you almost £3,000 compared to a traditional cremation funeral which cost on average £3,885.
Where will the direct cremation in Kingston take place?
A direct cremation by Harbour in Kingston will take place at Kingston Crematorium. It will be an unattended cremation service conducted early in the morning. Although you won’t be present, we will let you know the date and time of cremation in advance in case you would like to commemorate this.
You can choose to scatter the ashes of your loved one in Kingston’s peaceful gardens of remembrance. Alternatively, we can personally deliver the ashes to you in a contemporary wooden urn with an engraved nameplate.
To find out how much this will cost, please use the price calculator below or call us on 0800 133 7961.
When do I pay?
We don’t require any deposit or payment in advance. We will issue an invoice after the cremation has taken place and our standard payment terms are two weeks after cremation.
If you’re eligible for the funeral expenses payment, we are happy to receive this directly and we understand that the application process can take a little longer.
What if I would prefer to have an attended funeral service?
Alternatively, if you would rather have an attended funeral service, you can arrange this with Willow Lake Kingston. Willow Lake offers funeral services in their beautiful and tranquil chapel. Hold a service of your choosing, surrounded by landscaped gardens and ancient woodland, for a fixed price of £1,995.
How to arrange a direct cremation with Harbour
Firstly, call Direct Cremation by Harbour’s friendly and compassionate team on 0800 133 7961 to discuss your options. We will begin making the necessary arrangements according to your preferences.
If your loved one died in a hospital, the bereavement team will begin filing the paperwork for you. The following hospitals’ bereavement lines may be helpful if you have any questions:
Kingston Hospital Bereavement – 020 8934 3355
St George’s Hospital Bereavement – 020 8725 3410
If your loved one died at a different hospital, please let us know and we will contact that hospital for you.
If the death has been referred to the coroner, Kingston, along with the surrounding boroughs of Hillingdon, Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond, and Hammersmith & Fulham, is in the West London Coroner’s district. You can reach the West London Coroner on 020 8753 6800. We are happy to liaise with the coroner on your behalf and will let you know when you can proceed with funeral arrangements.
We have written a more detailed guide explaining what to do when someone dies here.
Obtain a certificate for cremation from the Kingston Registry Office
You will also need to register the death and obtain a certificate for cremation, commonly known as a green form. The registrar will email it to us directly if you tell them your funeral director is Harbour. Our email address is [email protected]
There is no need for this step, however, if the coroner is involved.
If the person died in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, you can register the death with Kingston Registry Office. Kingston registrar’s phone number is 0208 547 5000. If the person died outside of the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, you will need to find the nearest Registrar’s Office and register the death there.
For more information and to discuss your funeral options in Kingston further, please contact us on 0800 133 7961.