A bare cremation, which is also known as a direct cremation or simple cremation, provides all of the fundamental components of a cremation service, without additional service fees or holding a funeral ceremony. In a bare cremation, your loved one is collected, the cremation takes place as soon as possible without a funeral home witness and the ashes are returned in a basic urn or container. A bare cremation is the most affordable option for families when a loved one passes away.

Is a direct cremation common?

A bare, or direct cremation is increasingly becoming more common in Australia. Cremation generally is very popular in Australia, with around 70% of all Australian’s being cremated. With a rise in people wanting family-led, personalised memorial services, many more Australians are selecting to have their loved one cremated directly, and holding non-traditional memorial services.

The rise in popularity can also be attributed to the following:

Price: Basic funeral cremation packages are typically between 3-5 times more expensive than a Bare Cremation. Funeral homes will charge significant service fees, along with charging marked up prices for flowers, caskets and other accompaniments.

Personalisation: More people are choosing to have a memorial ceremony that celebrates their life in a personalised way. Bare Cremation offers families the ability to choose what they would like to do with their loved one’s ashes.

Ease of arrangement: Bare Cremations can be coordinated in under five minutes either online or via the phone. Rather than spending long periods with a funeral director, those organising the arrangements can focus on grieving.

Flexibility: Bare Cremations allow the family to think about how best to celebrate their loved one. It provides all of the fundamental cremation services in a timely fashion, without being forced into coordinating a memorial on a in a short period of time.

Non traditional becoming the norm: The Australian demographic has changed. Many Australian’s are now looking for non-religious ceremonies. Environmentally friendly ceremonies that use some or all of the ashes are also becoming increasingly popular.

How does a Bare Cremation work?

After ordering a Bare Cremation, the following steps occur:

  • The Bare Cremation provider confirms the collection address and other pertinent details.
  • They then collect your loved one from their current location and transports them gracefully into their care
  • Your loved one is kept in a climate-controlled environment
  • Paperwork, including death certificate registration with Birth, Deaths and Marriages, are completed and filed
  • Cremation takes place in an alternative (typically cardboard) container.
  • The ashes are placed in a simple urn
  • The urn is collected, delivered or sent to you directly by secure mail

The process above typically takes between one and two weeks, depending on the speed of both the provider (Bare provider or a funeral home) and the registration of the death. If you are using a funeral home, we suggest you ask how long their full process will take, and if they will be displaying the ashes.

Bare Cremation is the most affordable option, although prices can vary between states and funeral homes. Expect to pay around $2,000.

As all funeral homes have different service charges and offerings, ensuring you are comparing the same service is important. In checking pricing, you’ll want to confirm the price includes:

  • Collection of your loved one and transportation
  • Filing of all relevant paperwork
  • The cremation vessel
  • The cremation fee
  • A container to return the ashes
  • Return delivery of the ashes (many homes require pick up from their location)
  • Additional fees for collecting from a private residence
  • Additional fees for exceeding weight limits

We hope this article has provided you a better understanding of direct cremations and what Bare Cremation offers. For more information, read our article Bare Cremation vs. traditional cremation here.

If you have any further questions or to get a quote for a cremation visit the Bare Cremation website or call 1800 071 176. Want to see what our direct cremation service will cost in your area? Get a free quote here:

About Bare Cremation

Bare Cremation is Australia’s most affordable, and least traditional, funeral director. Our mission is to ensure every Australian has the option of an affordable, seamless and stress-free funeral service that can be arranged online or over the phone in minutes, at a fraction of the price of traditional funeral homes. We’ve cut out the need to go to a funeral home and made a complicated process simple by offering an affordable, transparent and easy alternative. Find out more by visiting the Bare Cremation website.