The South East of England has the second highest funeral costs in the UK, with a staggering average price of £4,800. For many people, this is an impossible figure, leading to a great deal of financial strain at an already difficult time. As a result, direct cremation in Buckinghamshire is growing in popularity as it provides an affordable alternative to extortionate traditional funeral services. At DirectCremation.co.uk, we offer direct cremation for just £895, without compromising on dignity or quality, and with no upfront fees or hidden payments.
What is direct cremation?
Direct cremation is also known as a direct funeral or unattended cremation. This is because it separates the cremation from a funeral service or memorial. Instead, the body of the deceased is cremated respectfully and privately at one of our regional crematoria, without mourners in attendance. Afterwards, the ashes are either scattered in the crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance or returned to their next of kin. Many families then choose to arrange their own service or memorial at a later date, at a time and price point which works for them. Often the scattering of the ashes is then incorporated into these memorials.
How much does direct cremation in Buckinghamshire cost?
At DirectCremation.co.uk, the standard price for a direct cremation is £895, the lowest price for direct cremation in England and Wales. By separating the cremation from the funeral service there is no need for the expense of hiring out a venue, as such, direct cremation is far more affordable than traditional funeral services.
For the standard fee of £895, your loved one will be collected from any hospital or mortuary in England and Wales, and transported to our regional crematorium. Our team will look after them until the cremation, and provide them with an environmentally-friendly wooden coffin, made by British craftsmen. There will then be a private, dignified cremation and you will be informed of the date and time in advance. Following the cremation, the ashes can be scattered free of charge in the crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance. Alternatively, the ashes can be returned to your family in a wooden-urn with an engraved nameplate, for the additional fee of £91.
Can I attend the cremation?
Unfortunately not, as there is no funeral service attached to the cremation, mourners are unable to be in attendance. Instead, we will make sure to let you know the date and time of the cremation, should you wish to mark the occasion. Often, families will incorporate the scattering of the ashes into their own memorials at a later date.
If you would prefer a more traditional funeral with a service included, our partner company, Willow Lake, offers funeral services in Aylesbury and will be able to accommodate you. For more information, call a member of their experienced team on 0800 464 7277, or email them at [email protected].
How to make arrangements
Register a Death in Buckinghamshire
The Milton Keynes Register Office registers deaths within Milton Keynes (including those at Milton Keynes Hospital). Please call 01908 372101 or email [email protected] to book your appointment. They are open Monday to Friday 9AM to 5:15PM (except for the third Thursday of each month when they open slightly later at 10:30AM). Once you have confirmed your appointment, visit their office at Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ to register in-person.
To register a death that happened anywhere else in Buckinghamshire, you need to make an appointment with the Buckinghamshire registrar. One you have booked your appointment, you can visit their offices in either Aylesbury, High Wycombe, or Beaconsfield.
If your loved one died in Wexham Park Hospital, you’ll need to register the death with the Slough Register Office. If they died at the John Radcliffe Hospital, you’ll need to register with the Oxfordshire Registration Office.
Bereavement Services in Buckinghamshire
The Milton Keynes University Hospital Bereavement Service can be telephoned on either 01908 996155 or 01908 996154. They are open 8AM to 4PM every weekday (except for public holidays). Alternatively you can email them at [email protected]. Deaths at this hospital should be registered by the Milton Keynes Registrar.
Stoke Mandeville Hospital Bereavement Service telephone number is 01296 316646 and their email address is [email protected]. Their address is Bereavement Office, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 8AL. Deaths at this hospital should be registered with the Buckinghamshire Registration service.
Amersham Hospital and Wycombe Hospital’s bereavement services are handled by the Patient Advice and Liaison Service which can be called on 01296 315000 from 9AM to 4PM every weekday (excluding public holidays).
If you need to contact the bereavement service at Wexham Park Hospital, please call 01753 576430 on a weekday between 10:30AM and 4PM.
Coroners in Buckinghamshire
The Milton Keynes Coroner investigates all unexpected deaths that happen within Milton Keynes. Their phone number is 01908 254327 and email address is [email protected]. Their office is The Coroner’s Office, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ
All unexpected deaths that occur elsewhere in Buckinghamshire are investigated by the Buckinghamshire Coroner. You can contact their office by either phoning 01494 475 505 or send an email to [email protected]. Their office address is Coroner Service, 29 Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JJ and they are open Monday to Thursday from 8AM to 4PM and Fridays from 8AM to 3:30PM.