Simple Cremation

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A Simple Cremation separates the cremation from the funeral ceremony so a memorial, thanksgiving service or celebration of life can be held wherever, whenever and however you choose.


Lots of us struggle to find meaning in the traditional funeral – the undertakers in black, embalming, and bells and whistles. If this is not in keeping with how you lived your life, why choose this for your funeral?

Over 70% of us choose to be cremated. But many feel the crematorium is not the best place to hold the funeral. So why not hold it somewhere else?


A Simple Cremation separates the cremation from the funeral ceremony. The ashes are returned to you, giving you the freedom to hold a funeral, memorial or celebration of life wherever, whenever and however you choose.

Freed up from the crematorium, and with the ashes portable, almost anything is possible. The ceremony could be held:

Where you like…

At home, in the garden, on a hilltop or on a boat. It could be in the town hall, church or at your favourite pub. It could be a memorial bike ride or a picnic. Ashes can be scattered or buried as part of the ceremony. They can be kept at home or transported abroad.

When you like…

You can take as much time as you like to plan a ceremony. It could be in a month, a few months or you could wait for the summer.

How you like…

It could be led by a vicar, a celebrant, a friend or a family member. Or you may decide not to hold a funeral at all. It’s entirely up to you.


London is the most expensive place to die in the UK. SunLife’s Cost of Dying Report shows the average cost of dying in the UK in 2014 was £8,427 (including administration of the estate), with many of the contributing costs coming from unnecessary funeral accessories.

Choosing a Simple Cremation at Poppy’s means you can spend your money on a ceremony that is meaningful for you.


Legal documentation

Firstly, Poppy’s will meet with you to help you complete the following paperwork checklist. All of these documents are straightforward and we’ll be happy to guide you through.

  • Certificate for Burial or Cremation: Provided by the registrar when you register the death.
  • Cremation 1: Application to the crematorium for the cremation.
  • Cremation 4 and Cremation 5: Two certificates to be signed by two separate doctors confirming the cause of death.
  • Notice of Cremation: Details of the cremation and what you want to do with the ashes.

(In some cases where the coroner is involved, Cremation 4, 5, and the Certificate for Burial or Cremation are replaced by forms provided by the coroner.)


Collection and care of the body

Once the necessary legal documentation has been completed, we collect the person who has died and look after them in our mortuary. We do not undertake any invasive procedures such as embalming – we leave the body in its natural state.



When the paperwork is authorised by the crematorium, we take the body to the crematorium for the respectful and simple cremation. There is no funeral ceremony at this stage.

The cost of Simple Cremation is:

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This includes:

  • Meeting with you to discuss a Simple Cremation
  • Help completing the necessary paperwork
  • Doctors’ cremation paperwork fees
  • Collection of the body
  • Simple cardboard coffin (Image)
    Or choose another coffin
  • Care of the body prior to cremation
  • Cremation
  • Simple crematorium urn
    Or choose another urn

In cases where the coroner is involved, and there is no need for the doctors’ medical certificates (Cremation 4 and 5), this fee will be reimbursed to you.

Coffins & optional extras

From stunning willow coffins to vintage silver hearses, we have a great range of choices and optional extras you can choose from.

Coffins Optional extras

Collection of the body out of hours: Our standard collection hours are 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. If collection of the body is urgent and required out of hours (weekends, bank holidays or between 3pm and 9am Monday to Friday), an additional charge of £235 will apply.

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There are no
hidden charges


You can pay by debit or credit card, direct bank transfer or cash. We take payment upfront when we come to meet you.

Please call 020 3589 4726 or send us a message directly for more details.