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Direct Cremation

We have been providing Direct Cremations since 2013 and whilst this option isn’t for most, it does offer several advantages and overcomes many hurdles for others.  Our direct cremation is a set price of £1250.00.

This package isn’t just for those who want a no frills or a funeral on the cheap; its offers a respectful cremation that allows you to say goodbye where and when it suits you.

Direct Cremation is particularly useful in cases when:

  • The person who has passed is from overseas and there is no insurance to repatriate them; or,
  • when a family is spread about or in some cases needing to arrange travel from overseas.

Rather than leaving a loved one in a mortuary many opt for a life celebration or memorial service at a time and place that suits them after the cremation has taken place.

With Direct Cremation your loved one is brought into our care (within 30-mile radius), placed in a simple and dignified coffin and transferred by private ambulance to a crematorium of our choice and time and the ashes returned to you at a convenient time.

Please note: Our Direct Cremation service does not allow mourners to be present.

Simple Funeral

Our Simple Funeral allows us to provide a caring and quality service at a fair cost.  The price is set at £2350.00 and includes all third-party costs.

What’s included in the price:

  • We’ll bring your loved one from their place of death into our care during normal working hours.
  • Provision of all necessary arrangements for a dignified funeral.
  • Prepare and dress your loved one in their own clothes or in a gown.
  • Your loved one will rest in our private chapel of rest where you’ll be able to visit during normal working hours.
  • On the day, your loved one will be taken from the funeral home to the crematorium or cemetery in a hearse at the appointed time of the service.
  • Your Funeral Director will be on hand to support and guide you through the funeral service.

What isn't included in the Simple Funeral:

  • The choice of the day and time of the funeral may be restricted, and some crematoria may incur a supplement.
  • Bringing the deceased into our care beyond a 30-mile radius (an additional mileage charge will apply)
  • Embalming
  • Viewing the deceased outside of normal working hours
  • A separate funeral service or celebration taking place before proceeding to the local crematorium or cemetery
  • Additional transport for the mourners
  • No alternative coffin choice available
  • Pallbearers

What is the difference between this funeral and the other?

This simple, lower-cost funeral option is offered to provide a dignified farewell at a fair price with the comfort of knowing there has been no compromise to quality. However, as our Simple Funeral is offered in its own right, many services traditionally associated to a funeral are not included; unfortunately, we are unable to add or remove services to our Simple Funeral.

Traditional Funeral

Our Traditional Funerals start from £2750.00; this price includes Cremation fee (some crematoria may incur a supplement), Celebrant’s Fee, a traditional coffin and following limousine.

Our Traditional funeral packages are tailor made to make sure your loved one has a service that is special and unique to them. Whether you would like a traditional procession or something a little different, we are happy to create a bespoke funeral package tailored to your needs.

Horse Drawn Funeral

Horse Drawn Funerals are often thought of as being a more traditional tribute to your loved one, adding a real sense of occasion to the funeral.

We offer a range of elegant and traditional horse drawn funerals with prices starting from £3500.00; this price includes Cremation fee (some crematoria may incur a supplement), Celebrant’s Fee, a traditional coffin and following limousine.

Our carriages are available in classic black or white design and come with a choice of black or white horses.  The horses can be dressed in your choice of drapes and plumes including time-honoured all-black attire or joyful, bright dress in your loved one’s favourite colour.

If you seek a something a little more special, we can offer traditional teams of 4 or 6 horses or an outrider to escort the procession.

Servicemen and Women’s Funeral Package

The men and women of our Armed Forces, their families and our veterans reflect what is best in our society. That is why we are committed to providing a fitting farewell in gratitude to their devotion and bravery to us.  Our Service’s package is discounted and starts from £2600.00.

Unique Funerals pride ourselves on providing a thoughtful and caring funeral service, from the initial planning through to the final journey.

The Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre

The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) is primarily responsible for monitoring and actioning certain procedures for Service personnel if they become notifiable casualties both in the UK and overseas.

The JCCC is the prime agency and co-ordination centre for all reported military casualties. It is manned 24 hours a day and provides a single point of contact for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force.

JCCC key roles are:

  • Liaison with the Visiting Officer to make sure early bereavement information is issued
  • Co-ordination of repatriation of deceased to UK or Country of Origin
  • Overall responsibility for all aspects of a death-related situation until after the funeral (when they then delegate such responsibility to the single Service)
  • To notify the person entitled of any sums due to the deceased’s estate from the MoD, the action necessary to claim this sum, and the authorisation of the release of personal effects on MoD property to the person entitled
  • Advice and guidance for Service funded funerals and current MoD Entitlements
  • Arrange the manufacture of a publicly funded headstone or urn plot marker

The Armed Forces will pay for:

  • bringing the body back to the UK from overseas or transporting it to spouse/partner's home country
  • provision of a coffin, and
  • delivery to an undertaker of your choice

After that you may choose to have either a

Service funeral, burial or cremation - at public expense paid for and arranged by the Armed Forces in accordance with Queens Regulations, or

private burial or cremation for which the MOD will give a funeral grant of up to £3,446.

If you choose a Service funeral, this will include:

  • a hearse and one family car
  • the purchase of a burial plot
  • the provision and maintenance of a Service pattern headstone or
  • the provision of an Urn Plot Marker or payment for an entry in a Book of Remembrance

Burials at Sea

The tradition of burial at sea is an ancient one. As far as anyone knows this has been a practice for as long as people have gone to sea particularly by the Royal Navy. The term describes the procedure of laying to rest human remains on the ocean floor, as an alternative to the norm.

Traditionally, burial at sea was associated to those who have served in the navy, or by those who have a deep personal association with the sea. However, burial at sea is an option open to anyone.

In the UK there are three locations for this kind of funeral: The Needles, Isle of Wight; between Hastings and Newhaven on the South Coast; and off Tynemouth, North Tyneside.

A sea burial is a complex and specialist funeral therefore, it’s extremely important to contact us if you are considering this option as soon as possible.

Baby and Children

Unique Funerals understand that there is nothing that we can say or do to ease your pain at this time.

There is no right or wrong way to be feeling.  Everyone is different.  What is important is that you have the time you need to make decisions and choices. Don’t be afraid to think things through or change your mind.

At Unique Funerals we carry out the funeral arrangements for children up to the age of 16 free of charge.

Below are some on main services we provide freely:

  • Bringing your child into our care within a 50-mile radius.
  • The professional services of a funeral director and any other staff required throughout.
  • The use of our Children’s Chapel of Rest.
  • Dependent upon the child’s age either a motor hearse or limousine on the day of the funeral.
  • A traditional oak veneered coffin or following the death of a baby or very young child, a wooden coffin in pink, blue or white.

We will guide you through the funeral arrangements thus enabling you to be as involved as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. For example, it may be that you wish to be involved in dressing your child, carrying the coffin, backfilling the grave or designing the orders of service.  It is not unusual following the loss of a baby to want to organise a photographer, and to have tiny plaster casts made of his or her hands or feet.  We are here to help and support every step of the way.

Please remember that some Funeral costs that we pay to other people on your behalf such as church or cemetery fees, grave digging, press announcements or floral tributes may incur a charge.  We will do our utmost to get these fees waived or reduced.

Pet Funerals

The special bond between people and their beloved pets cannot be measured. We at Unique Funerals understand this bond, and that the loss of this vital member of your family can be devastating. Our caring and sympathetic staff is dedicated to providing you with quality professional service to help you through this difficult time.

We can never repay the unconditional love and affection our pets provide us. Our mission is to provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your final farewell to your beloved pet is filled with the respect and dignity they deserve. We understand that saying goodbye is never easy.

Here at Unique Funerals we have a trained staff that specialises in pet cremation and pet funeral services. We want to ease the grief of losing your pet. Whether you are looking for a full funeral or a low-key pet cremation, we have the staff and facility to handle any of your needs. Let us help you in this final act of love.