COVID-19 Information

Direct Cremation

Fair Funerals 2021 - Brunel Funeral Directors
COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

This is a very concerning time for everyone right now. We want to reassure you that we are continuing to take the greatest care of our families and arrange funerals in the best possible way. We are keeping up to date with the latest government guidance on funerals and will keep our families informed of any changes.

If someone has passed away at home.

Please contact us at any time, we still cover a 24hr service. We will ask you for the normal information, but we will now also include asking if you know if the deceased or anyone in the property has tested positive for coronavirus. When we arrive, our men will be wearing PPE as a standard precaution, in the event that someone could be asymptomatic. We ask that you follow social distancing whilst our staff are with you.

Arranging the funeral

Where possible we are trying to keep you safe as well as our staff. We will arrange funerals over the phone wherever possible, to minimise contact. Once done we will send the funeral director to your home to hand you the paperwork that has been completed, it will be clearly labelled for you to sign. It is nice for you to meet the funeral director so you know who will be looking after you on the day of the funeral.

If you come to the funeral home to sign the paperwork then you will be asked to wear a mask and sanitise your hands.

All paperwork will be laid out ready for you visit and clearly marked for signing.

  • There are gloves if you wish, masks and automatic hand sanitiser are available in reception.
  • No more than 2 clients may visit the home at any time.
  • We regularly clean all surfaces in the funeral home and use a sanitising fogging machine to sanitise the air.


During this lockdown we are not offering limousines on funerals. We will bring the hearse to an address should family want to follow to the crematorium.
If the deceased has been tested positive for COVID-19 then due to the airborne nature of the virus we cannot permit visiting in the chapel.
We also cannot take fingerprints for jewellery but you do have the option of ashes into glass keepsakes.

We apologise for any additional stress this may cause but we have a duty of care to you our client and also to the health and safety of our staff.

Cremation Bristol

Direct Cremation Service

Under the current conditions and restrictions that we are all facing, direct cremations are a good choice for those that are unable to travel or attend due to shielding and self-isolation. Families are taking the option of having this service but also thinking of arranging a memorial service to remember and celebrate their loved one at a later date or even on a special birthday or anniversary.

What is a Direct Cremation?

A direct cremation is a cremation with no funeral service or ceremony performed beforehand, and no mourners. It provides a simple yet dignified service that is attended by the funeral staff only.

Direct cremations are the least expensive option for cremations as they avoid the need for additional costs – typically incurred in a traditional service – such as embalming, viewing of the deceased, the funeral service and transportation for the family and loved ones.

What’s included in a Direct Cremation Service?

Our cremations in Bristol are not just an affordable alternative to a full funeral service, they allow you to bid a respectful farewell in a simple, fuss-free way.

We will arrange the following:

• Collection of the deceased within office hours (a surcharge of £150 will apply outside of these hours)
• All necessary required paperwork
• A simple coffin
• The cremation fee (day, date and time arranged by the funeral director)
• Transportation to the crematorium in private ambulance
• Arrangement for ashes to be scattered in the garden of rest or collected by the family

No expensive coffin is required for a direct cremation, however, please be mindful that additional charges apply for oversized coffins.

Although such cremations in Bristol remove the need for elements that aren’t necessarily required when saying goodbye, no corners are cut and we make sure that your loved one receives a service that is carried out with utmost professionalism and dignity.

If you wish, you can hold a separate service to celebrate their life, once you’ve had time to grieve. Whilst this could be in a church or place of worship, most people choose somewhere that was significant to the deceased, i.e. the house they’ve always lived in, a garden, restaurant, golf club, beach, etc.

For more information about our no-fuss cremations in Bristol, take a look at the FAQs below. And to arrange a direct cremation, get in touch with Brunel Funeral Directors today and we will guide you through every step of the process.

Inclusive price of: £1250.00 (Andover) (payment in full within 3 days) *There maybe additional charges for oversized coffin. *Dr's Fee Payable If Required
Inclusive price of: £1495.00 (Bristol) (payment in full within 3 days) *There maybe additional charges for oversized coffin. *Dr's Fee Payable If Required

We will help you through the process
every step of the way.

Leave your number below for a call to discuss your situation

You can leave us an email at or call 0117 374 2002

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How does a direct cremation work?

    Typically, a direct cremation involves no formal funeral service, no attendees and no minister – but is inclusive of all disbursements. It’s ideal if the deceased wanted a low-key ceremony and to keep things simple for their family when they passed, or if your budget won’t stretch to a traditional funeral service.

    Here at Brunel Funeral Directors, we do everything we can to lessen the burden. Every aspect will be organised and your loved one will receive a simple, dignified send-off. We collect your loved one from the place of death and care for them until the day of the cremation, arrange the transport to the crematorium and make sure that the paperwork is completed by a doctor.

    The cremation will be held at a crematorium and time that is most suitable for the funeral director and, though the family will not be able to attend or view the deceased, the ashes will be returned to them so they can do what they wish with them.

    How much does a direct cremation cost?

    Over recent years, there has been a real shift in what people want from a funeral. Many families are looking for more meaningful and affordable ways to say goodbye, as opposed to a mournful traditional funeral service – held at church and led by a priest or vicar – which typically costs thousands of pounds.

    Brunel Funeral Directors offer two options for a Direct Cremation.

    Option 1.  If the location of the cremation is not of great concern to you we offer a fully inclusive direct service for £999.  The cremation will take place outside of Bristol.

    Option 2. If you prefer the cremation to be kept local and in Bristol, then we can again provide a non,attended service for £1495.

    However, we must point out that, an oversized coffin will impact on the cost of a cremation in Bristol. That’s why we recommend getting in touch so we can discuss your requirements in detail and assist you in giving your loved one the send-off they would have wanted – for a price you can afford.

    Could a direct cremation be the right option for you?

    Direct cremations are an extremely popular option – and not least because celebrities, like David Bowie and John Lennon chose it as a no-fuss farewell. Direct cremations in Bristol are an excellent choice for lots of different circumstances.

    For example:

    – A respectful cremation where no relatives or friends are left to attend

    – Reduce the trauma of death by celebrating the life of the deceased once everyone is emotionally ready

    – Give families time to grieve properly

    – Allow busy families to gather together

    – The bereaved can say farewell in their own way – without being tied to tradition

    – Avoid the rising costs of funerals and save money

    – Prefer to leave money to the family, not to be spent on funeral costs

    Is a direct cremation the right option for you or your loved one? If you would like to discuss your needs with the team, please call 0117 374 2002.

    What is the difference between a direct cremation and a traditional cremation?

    First things first, a direct cremation is not the same as a traditional service. A direct cremation is a valid and legal alternative that, due to the pandemic, has become an increasingly popular option.

    Put simply, it is where the deceased is collected from their place of death and taken to the crematorium to be cremated.

    Unlike a traditional cremation, there is usually no attendees or ceremony, as such, and the ashes are returned to the family so they can do what they wish with them. It allows you to create a truly personal send-off for your loved one – and say goodbye on your own terms, wherever and whenever you want.

    Although the funeral director will take care of the paperwork for both types of cremation, a direct cremation often works out to be the cheapest option of the two as there is less to arrange. However, that isn’t to say that the deceased doesn’t get any less cared for, and they will always be treated with respect.

    How do I arrange a direct cremation?

    Arranging a direct cremation couldn’t be simpler with Brunel Funeral Directors.

    Most of the arrangements can be made over the phone, however, you may wish to come and visit us at our welcoming funeral home in Westbury on Trym. Our team is here to support you through the process, one step at a time, and will gladly discuss your requirements over a cup of tea.

    Whilst the burial takes place privately at the crematorium (at a time and date that suits our funeral directors), you can arrange a memorial service at a time that’s right for you. This option is ideal for widespread families – giving everyone the chance to travel and grieve properly.

    If you would like to arrange a direct cremation for your loved one, get in touch today. You can either call 0117 374 2002, email or send us an online message. Alternatively, fill out the form above with your name, email address and contact number and request a callback.

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