Direct Cremation Service

What is Direct Cremation?

Direct Cremation is a simple and affordable alternative to a traditional funeral service.

It involves the cremation of your loved ones without a formal ceremony or viewing. It is a simple and dignified way of saying goodbye to a loved one and allows families to grieve in their own way and at their own pace. 

Direct Cremation can be a suitable option for families who prefer a more private and intimate farewell or who are looking for a more cost-effective alternative.

Direct Cremation has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it allows families to say goodbye to their loved one in a more personal way, and on their own terms.

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What is Direct Cremation?
Benefits of Direct Cremation


Benefits of Direct Cremation

There are several benefits to choosing Direct Cremation, including:

  • Simplicity: Direct Cremation is a simple and straightforward process that does not require any elaborate preparations or planning.
  • Flexibility: Families can choose to hold a memorial service or celebration of life at a later date, in a location and at a time that suits them best.
  • Affordability: Direct Cremation is often more affordable than a traditional funeral service, as it eliminates the cost of embalming, a casket, and a formal ceremony.

What's Included in Our Direct Cremation Service?

Our Direct Cremation package includes the following services:

Collection of the deceased from the place of death, within a 25-mile radius of our funeral home in Shrewsbury.

Cremation fees.

An environmentally friendly box for the ashes.

In addition, families are welcome to opt for additional services, such as:

Transportation of the ashes to a specified location.

Assistance with memorialisation options, such as scattering the ashes or placing them in a niche or urn garden.

The Process of Direct Cremation

The process of Direct Cremation involves the following steps:


Contact us to arrange a Direct Cremation service. We will require some basic information about the deceased, including their name, date of birth, and place of death.


We will collect the deceased from the place of death and transport them to our funeral home.


We will complete all necessary paperwork and obtain any required permits for the cremation.


The deceased will be placed into a suitable coffin and taken to the crematorium.

Following the cremation, the ashes will be placed into an environmentally friendly box and placed within our secure storage until the family are ready to collect them.

How to Arrange a Direct Cremation

Arranging a Direct Cremation service with us is easy. You can:

Note: To arrange a Direct Cremation service, we will require some basic information about the deceased, including their name, date of birth, and place of death.

How to Arrange a Direct Cremation
Frequently Asked Questions

A Direct Cremation involves the funeral director collecting the deceased and, at an arranged date and time, transporting the body to the crematorium to be cremated. This is carried out with no service and no family or other mourners present. There is also no opportunity for a viewing of the deceased.

Direct Cremation is often an option for many people where budgets are restricted as it is a lower cost - however it is often a personal choice regardless of finances. People often choose Direct Cremation as their choice in their will as they do not want their money spent on a full service; they do not have many family members; their family and friends live all over the world and they do not want them to have the expense of travelling for their funeral service. On many occasions Direct Cremation is opted for when a memorial or thanksgiving is being planned at a later date, which may even be in a different country.

No - it is an increasingly popular option as families and friends live all over the world and often want to remember the person at a later date when everyone can be together in one place but do not want their loved one's body left at the funeral director’s for weeks or months.

No they cannot but it is still important for loved ones to be able to say goodbye and here at WRR Pugh & Son in Shrewsbury we are proud to offer this service with an option to wave goodbye to a loved one, safe in the knowledge that they are only going a few miles to a local crematorium such as Shrewsbury, Wrexham or Telford. We say this because it is often important to people and many Direct Cremation options often see the deceased transported to crematoriums miles away from their home with the family unaware of where their loved one is going.

You can rest assured that the deceased will receive the same high standard of care and respect that we afford everyone. Once contacted we will make arrangements for the collection and transportation of the deceased into our premises. We will complete all the necessary documentation, make the arrangements with the crematorium, see to the doctors fees and crematorium charges, provide a suitable coffin for cremation, transportation to the crematorium and funeral bearers.

For some a direct cremation is an attractive alternative to a more traditional funeral service for many but also comes with certain restrictions that may not appeal to everyone, which is why it is important to understand exactly what a Direction Cremation involves before making a decision.

Yes - your loved one’s ashes can be returned in order for you to take them to their final resting place. Alternatively the ashes can be scattered in the crematorium’s garden of remembrance.

Yes - Direct Cremations are generally carried out during the early morning during a time slot agreed with the crematorium. We will do our best to let you know when that is if it is your wish.

Yes, families can choose to hold a memorial service or celebration of life at a later date, in a location and at a time that suits them best.

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