A direct cremation is a non-attended cremation without a formal funeral.
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What is a direct cremation? No service funerals explained

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  • Mel Buttigieg
  • Writer, Bare
  • September 17, 2020
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Bare offers a simple and affordable cremation option without compromising on the level of service. Click below to see the price for your area.

With restrictions on attended funerals across Australia and many parts of the world, the coronavirus pandemic has placed limitations on how loved ones are farewelled. During COVID-19, many families and friends are choosing a non-attended direct cremation, with plans for a memorial or celebration-of-life ceremony once social distancing restrictions have eased.

Families and friends, unable to attend a traditional service, have had to reconsider their funeral options when someone they love dies. Increasingly, families are choosing a direct cremation as the most viable funeral option during COVID.

This article answers the frequenly asked questions:

  1. What is a direct cremation?
  2. How much does a cremation cost?
  3. What are the benefits?
  4. How do I arrange a direct cremation?
  5. How do I plan a memorial afterwards?

We also list the advantages of a non-attended funeral. This article aims to help Australians make a more informed choice about how they celebrate a loved one – not just during the pandemic, but for when social distancing restrictions are lifted as well.

 
A direct cremation is a non-attended cremation without a formal funeral.
A direct cremation is a non-attended cremation without a formal funeral.

1. What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation, also known as a bare cremation, is a non-attended cremation without an accompanying formal funeral ceremony. The no-frills, more affordable cremation doesn’t require a funeral director to be involved in a service.

The service happens without a viewing and allows families to create a personalised memorial service or celebration of life after the cremation takes place.

2. How much does a cremation cost?

Traditional cremations are typically co-ordinated by a funeral home. The average price of a traditional cremation in Australia is $7,420, according to Gathered Here. In comparison, an unattended cremation with Bare Cremation costs around $2,000. (Prices may vary between locations and funeral homes.)

For the price, funeral directors generally offer large service packages that encompass more than just the cremation. In addition to the attended funeral ceremony, the traditional cremation service packages may include:

  • Embalming and dressing the deceased person;
  • The option for a viewing before the service, or an open or closed casket before the cremation;
  • A traditional funeral or memorial service, usually in a chapel or church; and
  • Additional services including a casket, flowers, hearse, catering, newspaper announcement, decorative urn, and other extras.
 

 A direct cremation, on the other hand, offers a more straightforward and cost-effective alternative to traditional funerals. Depending on the provider, the service generally provides the basic fundamentals of cremation including:

  • Transportation and logistics;
  • Private cremation;
  • Death certificate, death registration and other paperwork; and
  • Return of ashes to the family or Next of Kin.

3. What are the benefits?

Aside from being an affordable funeral option, another benefit of a direct cremation is the freedom and flexibility to take the time to consider a fitting farewell for your loved one.

Funeral homes typically operate on a strict schedule, which has benefits for some families. However, others can feel rushed through the process.

A bare cremation offers flexibility, as there is no pressure to plan a funeral or memorial service in a span of a few days, at a time where families and friends are usually overcome with immense grief.

Once your loved one has been cremated, you can take your time to plan a more personal memorial service without the pressure or restrictions of a funeral home’s schedule.

4. How do I arrange a direct cremation?

You can arrange an unattended cremation with Bare in just minutes, either online or over the phone.

To get a quote for an at-need or imminent cremation, visit the Bare Cremation website or call 1800 071 176.

There is even the option of pre-paying in advance, to save the stress on your family and friends later.

Pre-paid cremations are growing in popularity, largely because they allow you to lock in the price of the service at today’s cost, irrespective of when it is actually required. As the cremation is fully paid, you can rest assured that your family won’t be financially burdened by the cost of the funeral, nor will they feel the pressure to arrange an extravagant and costly funeral service.

To get a quote for a pre-paid cremation, visit the Bare Cremation website or call 1800 202 901.

5. How do I plan a memorial afterwards?

The options are endless when it comes to planning a memorial after a direct cremation. Our Ultimate guide to planning a memorial takes you through the process and offers some ideas. 

With the money saved, family and friends have the flexibility and budget to farewell their loved one in a way that truly celebrates their unique life. 

It could be a meal at their favourite restaurant, or a backyard BBQ. You might instead plan a gathering at your loved one’s favourite place in nature – like the beach, a park, or a special hiking spot. 

You might like to make an ashes-scattering ceremony part of the memorial, too. At Bare, we’ve seen families get together for sunset ashes-scattering ceremonies at picturesque places like the mountains, at sea or by lakeside. We’ve even had a Viking send-off! You might even like to consider scattering ashes from a hot air balloon. Our article on memorials with ashes has more ideas. 

We’ve also included some music suggestions in this article on songs you might like to include in your loved one’s memorial service. And below is a Spotify playlist we’ve put together.

There’s also the option of adding a memorial service to a Bare Cremation. That’s where our celebrants can help arrange and conduct a memorial service separately from the cremation. We would be honoured to support you in planning a befitting memorial ceremony – whether that’s entirely family-led, or with our dedicated celebrant team.

Final thoughts

We hope this article helps to provide a better idea of what a direct cremation is and how it differs from a traditional attended cremation service or funeral.

At Bare, we are passionate about giving Australians the choice when it comes to celebrating a loved one’s life in the way they lived it.

To learn more about Bare’s direct cremation arrangements or to get a quote, click the below button, or give us a call. To arrange an at-need or imminent cremation call 1800 071 176, or for a prepaid cremation call 1800 202 901.

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