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In terms of saving money, cremation the way to go if you've got to go: according to The Money Advice Service, the average cost of direct cremation is £1,600 compared to £4,136 for burial using a funeral director.
And almost one year on since the untimely death of David Bowie, a direct cremations specialist has seen a marked rise in demand for a direct cremation service, the singer’s chosen wish, rather than a conventional funeral.
The music icon had wanted to ‘go without any fuss’ with no funeral, family or friends present, and it represents a trend; in the past year alone the number of direct cremations handled by Pure Cremation has increased by over 200 per cent and the company expects this to rise by a further 300 per cent in 2017.
A direct cremation is the simplest type of funeral in which the deceased is cremated in the days immediately following death, usually with noone in attendance and with the ashes returned to the family afterwards.
It is a service which is growing in popularity among people who want to leave their relatives and friends free to say their goodbyes at a time, place and in a style which is appropriate for them.
All the necessary doctors’ and crematoria fees, paperwork and transportation are taken care of as well as the choice of coffin and crematoria. It is a seamless service and one which is designed to provide total peace of mind.
Although there is no service or mourners at the funeral nor any chapel of rest facility, Catherine Powell, Pure Cremation’s customer experience director, stresses that the same level of respect and dignity is given to the deceased as if there had been a traditional funeral.
Powell says, 'Losing a loved one is a highly emotional time for all concerned and relatives are often faced with a quandary in terms of what they feel they should do rather than what the deceased would have wanted them to do. For example, it may be that the person who has died always wanted a non-religious send-off.
'It could also be that they had outlived all their friends, or the immediate family is spread across the world making it very difficult for them to gather to pay their last respects within the time constraints imposed by a traditional funeral or simply that the deceased didn’t want any fuss, as in the case of David Bowie.'