What is a Private Cremation?
A private cremation, also known as a private funeral, is a private way to honour and remember a loved one after they’ve passed away. It’s often less expensive than a full funeral service, but just as meaningful if you’re looking for a private way to say goodbye. Many families choose to limit the number of people that come to a private cremation, generally only inviting immediate family and close family friends. They are invitation-only, ensuring the event is personal for everyone involved.
Why Would You Get a Private Cremation?
There are a range of reasons you might opt for a private cremation or funeral service. When compared to a traditional funeral service, private cremations are smaller, more affordable, and for many, less stressful. A private cremation is easier and faster to organise, meaning you can easily have one on short notice. Additionally, you don’t need to have a huge amount of money to have a memorable ceremony surrounded by the people you love.
How Do You Arrange a Private Cremation Service?
Private cremation or funeral arrangements can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Some families choose to arrange it themselves, planning out the service order, organising a location and inviting guests. Others choose to get the assistance of funeral directors, who will take care of running the service from start to finish, as well as any preparation required. Of course, a private funeral will almost always be simpler than a full-service funeral, so there will be less to think about regardless of which option you choose.
What to Prepare for a Private Cremation
No matter how private the cremation is, there are still some decisions you’ll need to make as part of this type of service. Below is a list of the things you’ll need to think about before having a private cremation funeral service.
- How many guests are you going to invite?
- Will you need a funeral director?
- Where will you be having the ceremony?
- Will the cremation itself happen before or after the ceremony?
- What type of service would you like to have?
- Will there be a private gathering after the cremation ceremony?
- Will your loved one’s ashes to be kept by family members or scattered at a specific location?
A funeral director can help you plan the private service from start to finish and make sure everything runs smoothly throughout the day. Alternatively, you can run the service yourself.
How Much Does a Private Cremation Cost?
Private funerals and cremations usually cost less than traditional cremation services and funeral services. If you are running the private cremation funeral service by yourself it can be more affordable, but there will be more to think about, such as service planning and preparation.
If you’re really looking to reduce costs, you can opt for a no service cremation. This is a direct cremation without a funeral service, with your only expense being the costs associated with the cremation itself.
Can I Get a Cremation Without Having a Service?
Of course. This is usually referred to as a direct cremation, which includes just the cremation and transport of remains, with no additional services or expenses. It’s the most cost-effective form of cremation and offers a simple, stress-free way to say goodbye to your loved one. If you’re considering direct cremation, Cost Less Cremations can make the process easy for you. As a direct cremations provider, we take care of the entire cremation process, taking your loved one into our care and returning them once the process is complete. We also handle any associated paperwork, including the death certificate.
Can I Still Have a Private Service if I’ve Chosen Direct Cremation?
Yes. Direct cremation is just the cremation and nothing else. After the cremation process is complete you’re more than welcome to have a private service as well. Of course, a private cremation service usually refers to a private funeral service that happens before the cremation itself. However, many people choose to have a memorial service or something similar after the cremation has taken place.
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