Direct Cremations in Essex

At Harold Wood Funeral Services, we are committed to providing sympathetic, personalised service to everyone who seeks our help. If you are looking to arrange a direct cremation in Essex, our compassionate and experienced team will ensure you and your loved ones are cared for with empathy and respect, and that your wishes are honoured.

What is a Direct Cremation?

A ‘direct’ cremation refers to an unattended cremation service, and can otherwise be known as a ‘pure’ or no-service funeral. It is also synonymous with the phrase ‘unattended funeral’. Direct cremation, however, is specific in the sense that it involves a cremation rather than burial, where a person is cremated with no service or mourners in attendance. 

Sometimes, however, what people think of as a ‘direct’ funeral would more aptly be described as a non-traditional or simple funeral. For this reason, we always recommend having a conversation with our team before making any firm decisions – we will always endeavour to accommodate your wishes, and there may be options we can explore that fit your specifications more perfectly.

The Benefits of Direct Cremations


Here are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding direct cremation, but if you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.

When you choose a direct cremation with Harold Wood Funeral Services, you know you and your loved ones will be receiving one-to-one, personalised care. In our many decades serving our community, we have committed ourselves to helping those who have passed on their final journey, and the bereaved say goodbye. 

This means our direct cremations are never “off the shelf”, and none of our services will ever feel unceremonious or impersonal. As such, direct cremations with Harold Wood Funeral Services can include washing and dressing of the deceased, time in the chapel of rest to have final hours with your loved one, and a procession to the place of cremation.

As a key part of the local community, we also respect the other care providers who operate in our area of Essex – such as care homes and hospitals.

Our team will be more than happy to accommodate what wishes we can when you are organising a direct cremation. We understand that even if no one is in attendance, a funeral is still an important and profound event, and that you may want to mark a direct cremation with special words or music. It is also possible for members of our team to take photos or livestream the cremation and send via messaging services. We can also arrange for you to be able to decorate the coffin as you want – please just let us know.

If you are worried about the cost of a funeral, you are not alone. Our team can help you plan a bespoke or simple funeral that cuts out or reduces the costs associated with a traditional funeral. Together, we can organise a day that suits you and your family – accounting for everything from your personal preferences to budgetary limitations.

People choose direct cremations for themselves for all kinds of reasons, and it is only natural that we want to honour their final wishes. Direct cremations, however, do not need to be one-size-fits-all – much like any other kind of funeral. If your loved one wanted a direct cremation but you or your family are struggling with that decision now the time has come to say goodbye, please speak to a member of our team and we will support you in any way we can.

Our Funeral Homes

Hilldene Funeral Home

Hilldene (Harold Hill)

64 Chippenham Road,
Harold Hill,
Essex RM3 8HX.

Hainault Funeral Home

Hainault & Chigwell

45 New North Road,
Essex IG6 2UE.

Harold Wood Funeral Home

Harold Wood

43 Station Road, 
Harold Wood, 
Essex RM3 0BS.

Collier Row Funeral Home

Collier Row

309 Collier Row Lane, 
Collier Row, 
Essex RM5 3ND.