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Within the world of simple funerals there’s a wide interpretation about what ‘simple’ actually means. I spent a lot of time researching this article and it quickly became clear that what one company means by simple and what another company means can be two very different things. In simple terms (no pun intended!) there’s a […]
Livestreaming a funeral service (also called virtual funeral service) involves broadcasting the ceremony online to family and friends. This service has been available for some time and usually provided at extra cost. Crematoria have started offering this for free due to the restrictions on funeral attendance. What is livestreaming a funeral service? For those […]
We have carried out a few Jehovah’s Witness funeral services over the years. The faith’s belief that a funeral should be a humble affair rather than an opportunity to display affluence resonates very much with the simple cremation service we provide. As mentioned on other areas of our site, we don’t have lavish hearses and […]
This ultimate guide explores 10 ways to scatter ashes and provides an in-depth look at the options available. If you are considering holding your own private memorial service and scattering your loved ones ashes in a way or at a place that has special meaning for the one you’ve lost this guide will help. There […]
We haven’t done many funerals with cardboard coffins (or cardboard caskets), it’s still relatively unusual even today. Wooden and wood effect coffins are used for the majority of funerals we perform. But I remember the very first funeral in which we used a cardboard coffin – a few years ago now. Actually, what I remember […]
You can buy products to neutralize cremation ashes but it can take four months before the soil is safe for use with young plants. Avoid the need to neutralize the ashes by spreading thinly near more established trees and shrubs or purchase a biodegradable urn which keeps the potentially harmful ashes away from young plant […]
What is a direct cremation? A direct cremation is a funeral with no service, no mourners attend. The deceased is taken through the chapel and placed on the catafalque, just like an attended funeral. Direct cremation is cheaper than a regular funeral. Ashes can be returned to the family once the cremation is complete. Why […]
Some funeral directors or funeral companies may appear cheap but be watchful for hidden costs and extras. Commonly added extras include picking up the deceased from a non-hospital location, the return of ashes and removal of implantable devices – pacemakers for example. There are many low-cost funeral companies with very low, attention-grabbing prices. However, it […]
At Simple Cremations we don’t sell funeral plans but are asked about them all the time. So we decided to take a look at what resources we ourselves would find useful. If you have decided that a funeral plan is the right choice for you or are just considering buying one and want to know […]
This post was inspired by an e-mail we received recently, part of it read: “My husband and I would like a simple cremation but can’t find any information about your funeral plans.” At Simple Cremations we are asked about funeral plans more than any other subject – probably more than all other subjects combined! Our […]
At Simple Cremations we have helped hundreds of families with free advice, honest prices and a personal service that we’re incredibly proud of.
We have created this blog to help share our experiences and answer some of the things we get asked about all the time.