Essentially Coles

Direct Cremations in Cardiff & The Surrounding Areas

A Direct Cremation is a low-cost funeral option, keeping the final goodbye simple with an unattended cremation.

Direct Cremations are growing in popularity for our local community thanks to their affordability amid the cost of living crisis. They can also reduce emotional stress for those left behind who may not feel ready to grieve publicly or through a traditional funeral.

Our Direct Cremation services are delivered by our award-winning team with professionalism and respect that you know and can depend on. That’s Essentially Coles.

As the funeral is unattended, Direct Cremations are often followed by a wake or a Celebration of Life service, allowing you to celebrate life in a way that suits you and your loved ones. However you choose to say goodbye, please know that we’re with you every step of the way.

How it works

What’s included?

Just £1,195, our Direct Cremation includes:

  • Bringing your loved one into our care from a local hospital within a 30-mile radius
  • Management of all professional arrangements
  • Provision of an eco coffin
  • Dignified transportation of a loved one to a local crematorium
  • All crematorium and doctor fees
  • An unattended cremation
  • Ashes returned in a biodegradable casket

What isn’t included?

  • Attendance of the cremation or a service
  • A choice of dates or times
  • Visiting your loved one at our funeral home
  • Dressing your loved one
  • Non-hospital collections (an additional £275 will be chargeable to bring your loved one into our care within a 30-mile radius)
  • Use of hearse and limousines

Please note that full payment is due at the time of arrangement. Road journeys exceeding 30 miles will be charged at our standard mileage rate of £2 per mile.

What are the benefits of an Essentially Coles Direct Cremation?

Ready to plan ahead?

Direct Cremations are also available for our Funeral Plan customers. As well as the comfort of having a plan in place, planning ahead for your funeral will give you the peace of mind that comes with being able to help save your family from worry and expense in the future. So why not take the next step?

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What is meant by unattended?

An unattended funeral is a private cremation that isn’t witnessed by the family and friends of the person who has passed away.

Where does the cremation take place?

At a crematorium in Cardiff or the surrounding areas.

Will you keep me updated about the funeral/ what information will I receive about the service?

We will advise the date of the cremation in advance. 

How soon after the funeral will I receive the ashes?

Usually within a week of the cremation. We will contact you when the ashes are in our care. 

How long does the process take (from when my loved one is brought into your care to the funeral date)?

Usual timescales are 10-14 days unless there is a delay with the registration of death.