Do you want your end-of-life plan to include something other than the traditional funeral service? Perhaps you’ve had a family member express that they don’t want a funeral after they pass? Or maybe, you want to honour your loved one in a way that is more personal, intimate or aligned to the person they were?

With direct cremation, your loved one is brought into our care, cremated, and their ashes are returned to you. While it’s different to the traditional end-of-life service you may be used to, it’s a dignified way to honour your loved one when you are respecting their wishes or saving the unnecessary cost of a standard funeral service when you wish to celebrate their life in a way that is more symbolic of how they lived.

So, what is involved with a direct cremation, and how do you go about organising one?

1. Notify us of your loved ones passing

Once notified of your love ones passing, we will take the necessary steps to bring them into our care. During this time, we will be on hand to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

2. Fill in the necessary paperwork

As expected, when someone passes and is to be cremated, some forms need to be filled in to assist us in meeting government requirements. These forms are available online for your convenience, though we are also happy to walk you through them if you have any questions. When the paperwork is completed, we organise to transport your loved one to the crematorium at Lake Mulwala.

3. Their ashes are returned to you

Once your loved one is cremated, their ashes are returned to you safely through registered mail, or if preferred, we can scatter their ashes on your behalf in the gardens surrounding the crematorium.

4. Choose a fitting goodbye

When you have your loved one’s ashes, you can choose the best way to celebrate their life and say your goodbyes. This might include dinner with family and friends, a couple of drinks by the beach, a sail through the bay, the planting of a tree, a memorial service, or another act that will be fitting to your loved one.

5. Decide what you would like to do with their ashes

There are many different options available to you when it comes to your loved one’s ashes. You might choose to exhibit them at home in a cremation urn, scatter them in a significant place, turn the ashes into remembrance jewellery, an art piece, a tree or a tattoo, or even keep them in the form of a keepsake teddy bear.

As you can see, a direct cremation can be a dignified way to honour your loved one in their or your own way, to give them a send-off that is most fitting to the way they lived and what they meant to you. It’s also an option that ensures you don’t experience the financial grief of a costly funeral service when you’re already dealing with the grief of your loss.

Cost Less Cremations offer a direct cremation for a fixed price of $1,395, with no hidden fees. The best part is that everything is organised online (from the comfort of your own home) and our friendly team are available 24/7 to assist you in any way you need.

Should you have any questions or want to learn more please contact our friendly team of experts.