In the USA they are becoming more and more common and in the UK reports claim that around 2000 people a year are choosing to have cremations without ceremonies. These are often referred to as ‘direct cremation’ and with the recent deaths of musician David Bowie and Booker Prize-winning novelist Anita Brookner, who both requested a cremation process without family, friends or a ceremony, it has highlighted this developing trend.
As well as being personal wishes, this approach also has financial appeal. A direct cremation process including transport and coffin will cost around £1000 compared to the average cost of a funeral organised by an undertaker, which now works out at over £3600 according to research by Bath University’s Institute of Policy Research.
The most common reason for this developing trend appears to be to allow a ‘celebration of life’ event to take place at a later date, when the raw grief of losing a loved one has eased.
At the moment virtually all of the UK’s human cremation process is carried out by local authority owned and operated crematoria and this still represents a significant proportion of the total cost of a direct cremation. At Matthews Environmental Solutions, however, we are beginning to see another response to the changing market and we have had a number of enquiries from independent business people who are considering opening their own private human cremation facilities. As one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of cremation technology we are able to offer lots of reliable advice as well as a wide range of crematoria options to match any requirement.
All our cremation systems incorporate the very latest technology and comply with the most stringent international standards including the most recent environmental policies.
We believe that this new trend towards direct cremation, although very small at the moment, will continue to grow and if the experience of our Group companies in America is anything to go by then ‘no funeral cremations’ will become a significant part of the British way of life … and death.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of establishing a crematorium and would like information on the cremation process or on our range of human cremation technology then please call us on: 0161 337 4488. You can also email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send us an online message using the form on our Contact Us page.