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Unattended Cremation

Direct cremation is often referred to as unattended cremation because they usually take place without any attendees present. They are the ideal option for those seeking a simple cremation without an accompanying service or ceremony. Harbour offers respectful and low-cost direct cremations for anyone in England and Wales, read on to find out more.

 

The popularity of unattended cremation

 

Increasing numbers of people are choosing unattended cremation instead of traditional funerals. They now account for one in 14 funerals in the UK. Their popularity received a  boost in 2016 when David Bowie arranged a direct cremation without a service or celebration before his own death. 

 

But, he is not the first nor the only celebrity to make this decision. Novelist Anita Brookner and creative director Karl Lagerfeld have also opted for unattended cremations in recent years. Likewise, music superstar John Lennon had a direct cremation back in 1980.

How do unattended cremations work?

 

Unattended cremations separate the cremation itself from any service or ceremony. This enables friends and family to commemorate the person in their own personalised way. They often choose to use the ashes from the cremation as the focus point of the remembrance event. For example, it is common to gather together to both celebrate the person’s life and scatter their ashes.

What does Harbour offer?

 

Direct cremations by Harbour are guaranteed to be the cheapest cremation option in England and Wales. We provide dignified, private and individual unattended cremations starting from £895. In comparison, the average cremation in the UK costs £3,885, whilst in London it is £5,235. 

 

Harbour reduces the cost by using regional crematoria instead of the nearest one available. We conduct cremations early in the morning and, by not renting out the chapel for attendees, we pass on considerable savings to our clients. Of course, all of our cremations are dignified and individual; collective cremations are illegal in Britain.

 

We always let friends and family know the date and time of a cremation in advance. This is in case you would like to commemorate it in your own way.

 

Take the first step

Answer a few questions and we'll give you an exact price with no strings attached. Alternatively you can also call our team directly on 0800 133 7961 for advice.

 

Harbour does not ask for any upfront payment and our service contains no hidden fees. 

 

We do offer financing options from as little as £24.95 per month. Similarly, this option does not entail upfront payments or deposits. 

 

If you are eligible for the UK Government’s Funeral Expenses Payment, this can also cover your cremation costs with Harbour. We would be more than happy to help you apply for this scheme.

 

For more information or to begin arranging a low cost direct cremation with Harbour, you can call us on 0800 133 7961 or send an email to [email protected] 

Advantages of Harbour’s unattended cremations

 

Harbour’s direct cremation service is carefully designed to be as stress-free as possible for you. Our expert team manages the legal paperwork on your behalf. We will contact the doctor or coroner and work with them to ensure the process is smooth and swift. 

 

We collect from any hospital or mortuary in England or Wales and go directly to our regional crematorium. Also included in the £895 base fee is a British-made, environmentally-friendly coffin.

 

Following the cremation, we can scatter the ashes in our idyllic Gardens of Remembrance free of charge. Alternatively, we can deliver them to your door in a contemporary wooden urn with an engraved nameplate, for an additional £91. We also have provided some ideas for scattering ashes including launching them into the sky inside a firework and sending them into space.

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Call us on 0800 133 7961 or send an email to [email protected]


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