Have a Question with regards whether Direct Cremation is right for you?

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding direct cremation:

**1. What is Direct Cremation?**

Direct cremation is a simple cremation process that occurs without a funeral service beforehand. The body is cremated shortly after death, without embalming or viewing.

Though at Sussex Funerals we do accept that viewings may be an important part of the grieving process and so we do permit our clients to pay the extra costs for washing / dressing and viewing.  We don’t fine a need for embalming here at Sussex Funerals.

**2. How Much Does Direct Cremation Cost?**

Direct cremation is generally more affordable than traditional funeral services because it eliminates many associated costs like embalming, a funeral service, and a casket.

At Sussex Funeral Services, we charge £899 plus disbursements, which will usually include a doctor’s fee, currently £82, for completing the cremation papers required, and the crematorium fee, currently £460

**3. What Happens During a Direct Cremation?**

The body is collected and transported to a crematorium, where it is cremated. The ashes are then returned to the family in a basic urn or container.

At Sussex Funeral Services, your loved one will usually be brought back to our premises from the place where your loved one died, eg hospital, hospice, private residence etc.  Your loved one will be placed in a suitable coffin, usually one of our cardboard coffins, and then taken up to Woodvale on the day of the cremation, for an 8.30 ‘delivery’.  We normally ask that you collect the ashes direct from Woodvale yourselves.

**4. Can We Have a Memorial Service After a Direct Cremation?**

Yes, families can choose to have a memorial service or celebration of life at a later date, after receiving the ashes.

**5. Are There Any Legal Requirements for Direct Cremation?**

Legal requirements vary by location, but generally, you will need to obtain a death certificate and any necessary permits before the cremation can take place.

We advise you on all the relevant steps to obtaining the correct paperwork to go ahead and book the cremation.

**6. How Quickly Does a Direct Cremation Take Place?**

Direct cremation typically occurs within a few days after death, following the completion of necessary paperwork and permits.

In Brighton, a Direct Cremation can typically be conducted in about 3/4 days  from the tiomne all papers have been receive day us.

**7. Is Embalming Required for Direct Cremation?**

No, embalming is not required for direct cremation, which helps reduce the overall cost and simplifies the process.

**8. How Are the Ashes Returned to the Family?**

The ashes are usually returned to the family in a basic urn or container. Families can choose to transfer the ashes to a more personalized urn or scatter them according to their wishes.

At Sussex Funeral Services we normally ask the client to collect the ashes themselves from Woodvale Crematorium.

**9. Can I Preplan a Direct Cremation?**

Yes, many funeral homes and cremation providers offer preplanning options for direct cremation, allowing individuals to make arrangements and pay for services in advance.

At Sussex Funeral Services we are able to offer funeral plans for Direct Cremations – just ask us for more information.

**10. What Are the Benefits of Direct Cremation?**

Direct cremation is a cost-effective, straightforward option that allows families to focus on planning a personalized memorial service without the pressure of immediate arrangements.

These FAQs can help address common questions and provide clarity for those considering direct cremation.