Co-op launches low cost funeral for people who want a simple and cost effective send off

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare has launched an ‘unattended funeral’ for people looking for a simple and cost effective send off.

The Society, which operates funeral homes across 16 counties, now offers the dignified cremation without family or friends in attendance at Bretby Crematorium, in Derbyshire.

The service is available from £1,250 and includes care for a loved one, a simple oak coffin, transportation to the crematorium and all fees.

Kevin Crute, Head of Funeral at Central England Co-op, was keen to point out that despite this not being a traditional funeral service, care, respect and dignity remain of the utmost importance.

He said: “Our Bretby unattended funeral allows for occasions when, for a variety of reasons, families do not wish to hold a funeral service at either a church or a crematorium.

“It allows for a simple, dignified cremation to take place at Bretby Crematorium without family or friends in attendance, but at the same time offering high standards of dignity and respect.
“The only difference is that we have removed costs to ensure that families can have a simple and cost effective send off.”

Once the service has been completed, the loved one’s remains can either be returned to family or scattered in the garden of remembrance at Bretby Crematorium.

Kevin added: “We know that our Bretby unattended funeral will not be for everyone but we want to ensure our clients have a range of choices on offer to choose from.

“This service is a simple and cost effective alternative that will still be carried out with the high levels of care, dignity and respect that we pride ourselves on at Central England Co-op Funeralcare.”

More information on the unattended funeral service is available by visiting


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About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.


The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, 10 florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.


Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2018.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting


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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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