Direct Cremations


With cremations increasingly becoming the preferred choice in Australia, it’s good to know there are cremation packages that can suit everyone’s needs and budgets.

For those wishing to have a low cost or no-fuss farewell, direct cremations might be the right choice.


What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation, also known as a ‘no service, no attendance’ cremation, simple cremation or basic cremation, is performed immediately after a loved one passes away. Direct cremations are without the traditional funeral service that would usually take place before the cremation.

After the cremation, the ashes are then returned to the family who may wish to hold onto the ashes or arrange a less traditional memorial service afterwards.


Why choose direct cremation?

There are many different reasons to choose a direct cremation. Budget is one of the many. A direct cremation reduces the cost of a funeral by excluding expensive coffins, embalming, ministers and processions.

When the ashes are returned to the family without a funeral service, it allows friends and family time to organise a memorial service that won’t feel rushed. The memorial service can take place at a location that is meaningful to their loved one. If the loved one was an avid fisher for example, the family may wish to have a memorial service at sea in their favourite fishing spot. It also allows for those that need to travel from interstate or overseas, more time to make arrangements so they can be with friends and family at such a difficult time.

If there are no family or friends of the person who has passed, this is a perfect way to perform a no-fuss cremation.


How does direct cremation work?

Below outlines the process for a direct cremation:

  • After a loved one passes, their body will be taken directly to a crematorium
  • The family will meet with the funeral director and sign any documents and agreements that allow the cremation to take place.
  • Documents are then filed by the funeral director, including the death certificate.
  • Since there is no need for an expensive coffin or casket, the body will be placed in either a basic wooden coffin or an environmentally friendly cardboard casket.
  • There will be a waiting period until the cremation can take place. How long varies depending on your state and the crematorium.
  • Cremation takes place.
  • The ashes of the loved one are returned to the family, either in a temporary plastic or cardboard urn or an urn that was given to the crematorium in advance by the family. Many crematoria sell urns if you wish to purchase one that is more elegant and ornamental.


How to arrange a direct cremation

If you are pre-planning a direct cremation for yourself, let close family members or friends know of your wishes. This may come across as a shock at first to your loved ones, as it is not a traditional send-off. Reassure them that even though there is no ceremony prior to cremation, there is just as much respect and care taken in the procedure as a traditional funeral service. Also, let them know whether you would like your family to hold a memorial service and what you’d like done with your ashes afterwards.

If you are arranging a direct cremation for a loved one, it is best to speak to a professional who will guide you through the process. Value Cremations is a great place to start. Here you’ll be able to weigh up your options and be assured that you are getting the best care and value for money with the direct cremation chosen.

Be aware that not every funeral home or crematorium offer direct cremations.


How much does a direct cremation cost?

This varies from state to state and between different crematoriums. On average the price of a direct cremation in Australia ranges between $1800 - $3000. This will generally include costs for the cremation, funeral director fees, death certificate, transportation to the crematorium and all paperwork that is required at the time.

To get a direct cremation quote based on your what right for your family’s needs and budget, contact or visit Value Cremations or Simplicity Funerals.


Choosing the right funeral director

Even though there is no traditional funeral service before the cremation takes place, a funeral director is still an integral part of the cremation process. They provide support and guidance to you and your family through a very difficult time in your lives. They take care of all the paperwork and administration that comes along with arranging a cremation for your loved one. The funeral director will help reduce the stress you may face, giving you time to think about what matters most. For more information on what a funeral director will do for you, read our article on Role of a Funeral Director which will help answer any questions you may have.

Choosing the appropriate farewell for either yourself or a loved one is never an easy experience and is extremely personal. If you are still unsure about the best way to say goodbye, our burial vs cremation article will help with your decision. Remember to take your time and choose what is right for both you and your family.

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