A FUNERAL directors has introduced a new service to make cremating loved ones cheaper.

The new service being introduced by George Hall & Son in Barrow, is a direct cremation.

The ceremonial aspects of the funeral are not required or are separated from the cremation and mourners will not attend.

According to SunLife’s latest Cost of Dying report, 14 per cent of funerals between 2019 and 2020 were direct cremations, an increase of 11 per cent from the previous year.

They accounted for a quarter of all funerals arranged between February and July 2020, which coincides with the start of the first national Covid-19 lockdown.

“Our experience has taught us that a funeral will always mean different things to different people,” said funeral manager Paul Gilbertson.

"“This is why offering clients a choice of services is so important. What suits one family won’t feel right for others.”

He added: “A direct cremation can be provided at a much lower price as many elements of a funeral, such as a hearse, procession or pallbearers, are not required.

“However, cost isn’t always the reason for choosing one. The bereaved can now choose a place to celebrate the life of their loved one that’s meaningful to them – such as a hotel, sports club, their own home or even their favourite spot in the countryside – it doesn’t have to be wedded to a crematorium or the time slots they have available.”

George Hall & Son, in Buccleuch St will continue to provide other funeral services.