When a loved one passes away, many decisions need to be made in quite a short timeframe. If you choose to cremate your loved one, then you need to also decide what type of cremation service you would like.

The most common cremation services are either a Direct Cremation or a Traditional Cremation, but what are the differences between the two?

In this blog, we break down the main differences between these two types of Cremations, giving you a better understanding for if you need to make a decision.

1. The Cost

A direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option, this is mainly due to fact this option doesn’t include the more expensive costs when organising a funeral. This includes:

  • Not having to purchase a coffin or casket
  • Not having to prepare your loved one’s body
  • Not having to organise a funeral service
  • Not having to pay for extensive transport

An average traditional cremation with a ceremony can cost between $4,000 – $6,000, whereas our direct cremation service is a fixed cost of $1,395.

However, it’s important to note that this lower cost does not equate to a lower quality of care. We still ensure that both you and your loved one are treated with respect and given the highest quality of care.

2. A Viewing

A traditional cremation will offer a private viewing for family and friends prior to the cremation taking place. This also includes embalming your loved one and dressing them for the viewing. Once the viewing has taken place, a witness is then invited to watch as the cremation takes place.

In comparison, a direct cremation doesn’t include a viewing of your loved one before the cremation, which then eliminates the need for embalming and having your loved one dressed. The cremation takes place without a witness and your loved one’s ashes are delivered to your chosen address.

3. The Memorial Service

One of the biggest benefits of direct cremation is that you don’t need to organise your loved one’s memorial service immediately. Once your loved one is cremated, you can take your time in organising a memorial service for a time and place that makes sense for you. This gives you time to plan the memorial service exactly how your loved one would want it and allows for family and friends to attend the service if they live elsewhere.

This also saves costs, as you don’t have to rush in making the decisions for the memorial service.

It’s only natural to want the best send off for your loved one, so it’s good to understand the main differences between a direct cremation and a traditional cremation.

It’s important to remember there are no right or wrong way of sending off your loved one. The most important aspect is that you choose the option that suits you, your loved one and your budget.

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.