Direct Cremation

Making Cremations Simple

Direct Cremation

From £1450

Our direct cremation service allows you to focus on the essentials: a simple and dignified sending-off with the highest degree of professionalism and care, because you recognise that end-of-life services do not have to be elaborate and expensive to be respectful.

Such “simple” cremations are increasingly common, including among celebrities ranging from John Lennon to Karl Lagerfield. Although they had the money and fame to be commemorated with lavish services attended by thousands, these superstars opted for the intimacy of a direct cremation instead.

What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is a modern alternative to a traditional cremation funeral. The cremation takes place completely separately from the personal farewell and our families use the ashes urn or a favourite photograph as their focal point for remembrance. It’s perfect for people who don’t like funerals. 

Freed up from the crematorium, and with the ashes portable, almost anything is possible. The ceremony could be held:

Where you like…

At home, in the garden, on a hilltop or on a boat. It could be in the town hall, church or at your favourite pub. It could be a memorial bike ride or a picnic. Ashes can be scattered or buried as part of the ceremony. They can be kept at home or transported abroad.

When you like…

You can take as much time as you like to plan a ceremony. It could be in a month, a few months or you could wait for the summer.

How you like…

It could be led by a vicar, a celebrant, a friend or a family member. Or you may decide not to hold a funeral at all. It’s entirely up to you.

How It Works

Step by step guide

We complete the
required paperwork



We collect the deceased in a private ambulance





We carry out an unattended cremation

You collect the ashes
in a bio-urn


Why Choose Gallagher Funeral Services for your Direct Cremation Funeral

Our dedicated and empathetic family at Gallagher Funeral Services will look after you and your family throughout the direct cremation process.

You will be in touch with the same person throughout  and if you are local to our funeral home, you can arrange a face-to face visit or we can arrange a home visit.

This is where our service differs from some internet based Direct Cremation providers without local chapels of rest, suitable premises, experienced funeral directors to support you during the arrangement.

We will collect your loved one and transport them in our ambulance to our funeral home in Leeds .

Your loved one will rest with us in our chapel of rest

We will keep you informed and answer any questions or queries you may have regarding direct cremations

We will tell you the time and date the cremation is taking place. 

After the cremation, you can arrange with us to collect your loved one’s ashes directly from the crematorium  or at our local funeral home. We can also arrange for the ashes to be sent to you.

Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

What’s included in our Direct Cremation

  • A scheduled transfer from hospital or Coroner’s mortuary
  • Simple care at our own chapel
  • Fees for an unattended Cremation a Crematorium of our choice
  • An suitable coffin
  • An ashes container
  • Collection of the ashes from our chapel or directly from the crematorium, or scattering at the Crematorium 

What’s not included in our Direct Cremation

  • Choice of crematorium
  • A funeral procession including hearse or limousines
  • Formal service or ceremony with a Minister or celebrant
  • Costs of removing mechanisms such as pacemaker
  • Doctors Fees

Coffin upgrade, other products and services may be available and can be added to the package price.

Additional services 

Wooden urn £90.00

Return of ashes in a wooden urn instead of a simple container

Non hospital removal £250.00

Not everyone passes away in a hospital and we offer prompt care for you and your loved one whether this is at home, a care home or in a hospice setting.

Larger client care £500.00

We have the same, simple coffin design for everyone we look after. Please tell us if your loved one is heavier than 20 stone as we will need to provide extra staff for safe, prompt and dignified transfer into our care.

Very large clients (weight over 22 stone) or very tall clients (more than 6’2″) or very wide clients (more than 20″) are likely to require a special order coffin, but we always review each case individually.

Return of ashes- £100

Delivery of the cremated remains back to your address

You can specify a day and time for the return of your loved one’s ashes, including evenings and weekends.


Visiting Your Loved One £225

Providing a private resting room to spend time with your Loved One

Frequently Asked Questions 

We answer some of the most frequently asked questions to help you decide what’s right for you and your loved one.

If you can’t find the answer you want, we’re here to help you, call us any time on 01132747888.

Is a Unattended Cremation right for my loved one?

If you are looking for a cremation service that is simple, ensures everything necessary takes place without the costs of a full funeral service – then yes, it is.

A direct cremation separates the cremation from the funeral ceremony.

The ashes can be returned to you, giving you the freedom to hold a memorial or celebration of life wherever, whenever and however you choose.

Almost anything is possible.

How does our Unattended Cremations work?

Without the need for a formal ceremony, we will ensure a dignified cremation takes place at a time and location chosen by us. We can then arrange the safe return of the ashes back to you.
Our unattended cremation process is clear, straightforward and respectful and we will support you every step of the way.

Can I view my loved one at the chapel of rest?

It is not possible to view your loved one at our chapel of rest

Can I follow the hearse to the crematorium?

There is no procession, hearse or limousines. We use our private ambulance for this services.

Are mourners allowed at the crematorium?

Sadly families can not attend this service. If you wish to attend the service take a look at our other options

Can I choose the date, time and crematorium the service will take place?

The cremation will take place at a time and date chosen by us. We will use one of our network of crematoriums and not your local one

Is this a communal cremation?

Definitely not. In the UK each person is cremated individually and we always provide a certificate confirming the identity of each set of remains

How much does it cost?

An unattended Cremation starts at £1450  which covers all of the essentials required. You can choose to add any extras if required such as return of ashes.

You will be required to make a full payment over the phone by credit or debit card when you arrange an unattended Cremation.

Additional charges that you may incur are:

– for collecting the deceased from a private address or nursing home and outside the hours of 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday or on UK Bank Holidays; 

– the cost to remove pacemakers or other medical implants prior to cremation where a charge is made.

You will be advised if these costs are to be applied before the cremation takes place.

Can I use the social fund funeral payment to cover the cost of the funeral?

We require full payment  for the service at the time of booking. However, if you qualify for the Government’s Social Fund Funeral Payment you may be able to successfully claim the cost back. We will provide you with a full receipted invoice which you will need to make a claim within 3 months of the funeral.

Why are Direct Cremations becoming increasingly popular ?

Direct cremations are becoming increasingly popular in England

  • For financial reasons – a direct cremation costs a fraction of the cost of a conventional funeral
  • Because of personal preferences – fewer people, especially among younger generations, want the typical mournful service and somber funeral procession
  • Because of the flexibility, it brings – not combining the cremation and the remembrance ceremony gives you more flexibility to organise a separate sending-off, as you see fit, when you feel you are ready
  • For practical reasons – a direct cremation minimises what many consider to be superfluous ceremonials displays without sacrificing the respectful and dignified significance of the sending-off
Where are your services available?

Our services are available throughout most of England. Use the ‘Arrange Now’ button on our website to book a time for us to take your loved one into our care

Can i choose a different coffin?

We provide our simple coffin for direct cremation. Should you wish to choose a different coffin then that is something that can be arranged