What is a direct cremation?

Funeral without a service

A direct cremation is a valid, legal and increasingly popular alternative to a traditional funeral. The difference between this style of send-off and a traditional funeral is that there is no funeral service beforehand and no one present at the cremation*.

A Pure Cremation is carried out much the same as a standard cremation;


We do offer the option to attend at 9am only at either North Lanarkshire, Craigton or Holmsford Bridge venues for an extra charge of £200. This involves 20 minutes for up to 12 people to say goodbye and includes your choice of music. Please note that this is your private time to spend together and is not a funeral service.

Outstanding service at an affordable price

Without a formal funeral or pre-funeral service, many of the costs associated with a traditional funeral are avoided, such as the hearse, limousines, order-of-service cards and flower arrangements.

There is no viewing before the cremation either, which eliminates the need for embalming. Overall, direct cremation can save you money without compromising the level of care that is received.


We carry out the cremation, offering the same level of care and respect as the best local funeral director, but without the fuss and the big black cars.

Low Cost

Our price reflects the very simple nature of our service. You can save 60%* compared with the cost of a basic cremation service from a traditional undertaker.


We take care of the practicalities leaving you and your family free to decide where, when and how to say goodbye, and how much you want to spend. This offers the chance to create a truly personal send-off.

*Sun Life Cost of Dying Report 2018

Celebration of life

By having the cremation without a funeral, you are free to arrange a truly personal send-off at a time and place that suits everyone. Direct cremation gives you the time to think about what you want to do, so you really can say goodbye your way. You could include all members of the family, from young children to family pets. For inspiration on creating your own perfect farewell event, check out our “Saying Goodbye” page.

Is a Direct Cremation the right choice for me?

We want to help you make the right decision for your family and for your loved one.

By separating the cremation process from the farewell, you can:


How can we help?

Pure Cremation provides a simple direct cremation service that you can arrange online or over the phone. This service is available to arrange for someone who has passed away and those who are planning for the future.

Prepaid funeral plans

Plan ahead for peace of mind for you and your family. With two fully guaranteed plans to choose from to suit your budget, our plans allow you to lock in today's prices for services in the future.

To find out more about our prepaid plans, click the button below:

Funeral Plans

Arrange a funeral today

Our standard package has everything you need when arranging a fuss-free cremation for someone who has already passed away. We're available 24/7 to advise and support the bereaved.

To arrange a Pure Cremation needed now, click the button below:

Arrange a funeral

Call us today:

0800 1303 559

Need advice or want to begin arranging with us? Our dedicated team offers expert guidance and support and can help you get started.