Funeral Poverty Leads to More Direct Cremations: The Farewell Guide Provides Tips and Insights on Funeral Arranging

As funeral costs continue to rise, more and more people are turning to direct cremations to avoid financial strain. However, according to funeral arranging platform The Farewell Guide (formerly known as Legacy of Lives), there is still a lot of confusion around what direct cremation actually entails, and it is not always the best option for everyone.

Direct cremation involves taking the deceased directly from the hospital, home, or care home to the crematorium, without any ceremony or ritual. While it may be a good choice for those who want a low-key affair, it is not the right choice for everyone. The Farewell Guide suggests that there are still many ways to save money on a funeral without sacrificing the ceremony or the chance to grieve.

One option is to opt for cremation instead of burial, as the latter can be significantly more expensive. Shopping around for funeral quotes is also essential, as prices can vary widely between providers. Additionally, using a cardboard or veneered coffin instead of solid wood, and asking friends and family to contribute a single bloom for floral tributes, can also help keep costs down.

While direct cremation may be a cost-effective option, it is important for consumers to understand what it entails before making a decision. The Farewell Guide is a free online service dedicated to making funeral arranging simpler, transparent, affordable, and highly personal. The platform encourages families to discuss their preferences before they are needed, ensuring that they have the send-off they deserve.

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