Direct cremations are cremations without a funeral service beforehand. The ashes are returned to the person’s family so that they can hold their own personalised memorial instead. They are a simple low-cost alternative to the traditional full-service funeral.
By separating the ceremony from the actual cremation, direct cremations enable family members to plan their own celebration of a person’s life. Direct cremations have become increasingly popular and now account for about one in 14 UK funerals. In recent years, celebrities like David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Fendi and Chanel, have opted for this type of farewell.
Direct Cremation in East London
DirectCremation.co.uk offers compassionate and respectful direct cremations in East London. Prices start from £895, significantly below the average price of a cremation funeral at £3,885.
Our direct cremations take place in East London in a peaceful setting early in the morning. They are unattended cremations, but we will let you know the date and time of the cremation beforehand, in case you would like to commemorate this.
After the cremation, we can scatter the ashes in East London’s tranquil and manicured gardens at no extra cost. Or, if you would prefer, Our team can personally deliver the ashes to you in a contemporary wooden urn, including an engraved nameplate.
It is not necessary to make a deposit or to pay anything before the direct cremation. Instead, we will send you an invoice after the cremation has taken place. Our standard payment terms are a fortnight after cremation. However, we are more than happy to receive the Government’s Funeral Expenses Payment if you qualify and we appreciate that the application process for this can take a bit longer.
Can I attend the direct cremation in East London?
It is not possible to attend a direct cremation in East London. Our cremation ceremonies take place early in the morning and we do not rent out the chapel. This helps to keep prices low for our clients and save them almost £3,000 compared to a typical cremation.
If you would prefer to have an attended funeral service in East London, Willow Lake can provide this for you. Willow Lake conducts tailored funeral services with attendees for a fixed price of £1,995.
How to arrange a direct cremation in East London
The first thing to do is to call our expert team on 0800 133 7961 to discuss your options. We will ask your preferences and then start to make preparations accordingly.
If your loved one passed away in a hospital, their bereavement team will begin to file the paperwork on your behalf. But, you will need to register the death and obtain a certificate for cremation, also known as a green form.
The same is true if the person died at home. You can find a more complete guide to what to do when someone dies here. Moreover, all of the relevant contact information for hospital bereavement offices, registrars and coroners in East London are listed below.
However, there is no need to register the death if a coroner is involved. We can liaise with the coroner for you and can let you know when you can proceed with funeral arrangements.
Whilst we do cover East London. We also offer direct cremation in London, and the whole of England and Wales for the same fixed price.
Please find a list of hospitals, registrars and coroners in East London with their contact details below.
Hospitals and registrars in East London
Whipps Cross University Hospital bereavement office: 020 8535 6628, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. The registrar is Waltham Forest.
King George Hospital bereavement office: 020 8970 8235, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. The registrar is Redbridge.
Royal London Hospital bereavement office: 020 3594 1050 or 020 3594 2030, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. The registrar is Tower Hamlets.
Newham University Hospital bereavement office: 020 7363 8056 or 020 7363 8055, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. The registrar is Newham.
Homerton University Hospital bereavement office: 0208 510 7150, Monday to Friday, 10am to 3:30pm. The registrar is Hackney.
Queen’s Hospital bereavement office: 01708 435 490 or 01708 435 455, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. The registrar is Havering.
Waltham Forest, 0208 496 3000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm
Newham, 020 8430 2000, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Redbridge, 020 8554 5000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Havering, 01708 433481, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Barking and Dagenham, 0208 270 4744, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Hackney, 020 8356 3355 or 0208 356 3809, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm
Tower Hamlets, 020 7364 7880, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
There are two coroners in East London. Each covers different boroughs.
The East London Coroner covers five London Boroughs: Waltham Forest, Newham, Redbridge, Havering, and Barking and Dagenham.
Address (temporarily): The Adult College of Barking & Dagenham, 127 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7PB and Barking Town Hall, 1, Town Hall Square, Barking, IG11 7LU
Telephone number: 020 8496 5000
Email: [email protected]
The office is open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3.30pm.
The Poplar Coroner’s Court is responsible for deaths that occur in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
Address: 127 Poplar High Street, London E14 0AE
Telephone number: 020 7538 1201
Email: [email protected]
Their offices are open Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays, 8am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm.
To learn more about DirectCremation.co.uk or to discuss your funeral options in East London further, please contact us on 0800 133 7961.