Funerals have remained the same for hundreds of years. The last change was a move from horse drawn carriages to motorised hearses. But two trends look set to change this.
The first is called direct cremation. This is sometimes called an unattended cremation as there are no family or friends at the cremation. Instead the deceased goes directly from the hospital to a crematorium, which is why they are sometimes called direct funerals. These are the cheapest cremation available, costing from as little as £895. These types of funerals now represent almost 8% of all funerals in Britain and that figure is growing each year as more and more people hear about this option. Traditional funeral directors are often reluctant to offer this service so a few firms specialise in direct cremation. Click here to find out more.
The second trend gaining popularity is for simple funerals. These are very much like a typical funeral, except without a hearse procession or viewing the body of the deceased. Hearses are expensive and often contribute a great deal to the carbon footprint of a funeral so it is understandable why people no longer find this a necessary tradition. At a simple funeral the coffin is already present at the chapel for the service. A speaker, either a non-religious celebrant or a religious official, greets the invited guests and conducts the service. The cremation happens after the service and the ashes are then returned to the deceased’s next of kin. These simple funeral services are often half the price of a standard funeral and represent a saving of over £2000. It is understandable why this trend is increasingly popular with British families.
So there are two growing funeral trends. It seems the sector continues to be slow to adapt but new entrants are bringing change and innovation. We look forward to seeing what happens next.See more about direct cremations at Harbour Funerals