Direct Cremation Services

We offer a comprehensive 24 hour funeral service

Do you need help arranging a direct cremation?

We can take care of everything...

Just £1658 or £1494  if there has been a post mortem.

Consists of £995 plus £499 for the crematorium and £164 for the doctors cremation certificates. NB if there has been a post mortem there are NO doctors fees

Please e-mail or call 01304 201322 anytime for an immediate and personal response.

What is direct cremation?

Direct cremation is the cremation of a deceased person with the least fuss and costs. No minister or mourners are permitted to attend.

Why choose direct cremation?

Direct cremation is the cheapest legal disposal service for deceased persons.
Direct cremation can be a personal request not based on monetary reasons but for reasons of choice and lifestyle. Direct cremation eliminates the possibility of relatives arguing and disputing funeral service arrangements. Direct cremation eliminates worrying if anyone will attend your funeral.

What areas do we cover?

All of Kent and further afield by request.

How much do we charge?

£995 plus £499 for the crematorium and £164 for the doctors cremation certificates. NB if there has been a post mortem there are NO doctors fees
TOTAL: £1658.00 or £1494.00 if there has been a post mortem

What is included?

Our professional services, including advice on registration and completion of necessary forms either at our office or by post. Collection of deceased during our office hours from any place of death, within a 25-mile radius from Dover. Care of deceased prior to cremation in our refrigerated mortuary at our Dover address. Provision of a simple cardboard coffin, private ambulance (van) and necessary staff on the day of cremation. Cremation of deceased at Hawkinge crematorium, Near Folkestone. Scattering of ashes in the crematorium gardens or they may be collected by the applicant. Cardboard ashes casket with cremation certificate. Free delivery of cremated remains within 20 mile radius of our office.

What would cost extra?

Out of our office hours collection of deceased = £90.
Additional mileage = £1 per mile.
Alternative coffin for deceased exceeding 16 stone or 6’1” tall x 20” wide = from £80
Courier of cremated remains to any UK address £150
Dressing in clothing provided and preparation of deceased for visits in our Dover chapel of rest = £60

Why choose us instead of some cheaper internet providers?

We are experienced and qualified, completely independent funeral directors with a highly recommended reputation. Please check our site, Google and the Good Funeral Guide for many very positive testimonials. We promise that the deceased can be collected from any place of death with the correct equipment and staff and cared for in our refrigerated mortuary at our Dover address before cremation asap at Hawkinge crematorium. Please ask other cheaper providers if they can collect from any place of death; where and how will the deceased be looked after, where and when will they be cremated and how much extra it would cost to have the ashes returned. The Good Funeral Guide says this: “This is an unregulated industry, remember: the bad guys can get away with… anything. The good guys ask us to visit them and check them out so that we can confidently recommend them. The bad ones, obviously, don’t. If after browsing the website you don’t feel you have a clear idea of the identity of the owner, AVOID. If there is no postal address on the website, AVOID“.

How to instruct us for this service?

Obtain the green certificate from the registrar and then either visit our office by appointment or we can send the necessary forms via the post. NB green certificate not issued if there has been a post mortem
Full payment is preferred before the cremation date or at least a 50% deposit and the balance within 21 days of the cremation.

Purchase this service in advance

We can write a Direct Cremation Golden Leaves Funeral Plan for only £2,500.00.

Please see here for more details or email/call for an application form.

Please see our COSTS page for lots more funeral options and prices if direct cremation is not right for you, we promise we can arrange a service that is.

Jenny Simmons
Jenny Simmons
17:54 05 Nov 18
I have known Paul Sullivan and his staff for about 7 years, from when I worked at Hawkinge Crematorium. My Father passed away on the 26th August 2018 and I cannot thank them enough, for the kind way they looked after Myself and my family. I knew Dad was in the most capable hands and was well cared for. We took out a Prepaid Funeral Plan, so the sad business of arranging the Funeral, had already taken place. I would highly recommend Paul and his staff; Julie, Alex and Colin. Lovely Caring and always on the end of the phone if needed. A lovely gesture a courtesy phone call, a couple of weeks after the Funeral, to check how I was coping.read more
Sean -Private- Hale
Sean -Private- Hale
18:22 04 Sep 18
Highly recommended, Julie and the team were excellent
Richard Leveson
Richard Leveson
20:52 21 Mar 18
I have known of Sullivan and Son for over ten years and they were the unquestionable choice to conduct my mother's funeral in January 2018 when she died aged 101. I had one meeting with Alex Sullivan to set things in motion and was most impressed with his unpretentious and efficient handling of all the necessary details. Alex and Paul Sullivan (who officiated at the funeral) are warm, compassionate, obliging and, quite simply, very likable personalities. I could not have been more satisfied with their service.read more
John Heather
John Heather
11:08 17 Feb 18
Paul and the team were awesome in how they handled my sisters funeral. They were kind,attentive and highly professional in all their dealings with my entire family. Au unexpected death is always going to be difficult - the cremation most of all,but Paul helped us through the whole event with calm and good humour - nothing was too much trouble Thank you once again Paul and team - I cannot recommend this service too highlyread more
Peter Smith
Peter Smith
11:52 08 Feb 18
My father sadly passed away in December, and his funeral took place in January. From start to finish Paul and his team at Sullivan & son were absolutely fantastic. Hugely empathic and professional. Understanding of your situation and willingness to help is always at the forefront in order to get what you want for your loved ones final journey. I would most definitely recommend there services to anybody.read more
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