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It gave us a 20 minute service with a small amount of us present, which was family led. It suited us, and it suited what he would have wanted. The result was a funeral that wasn't as heavy as others, but still offered closure and reflection. Due to the situation still many of our family didn't or couldn't travel, so we paid some extra for a livestream and for the service to be made available to watch for 28 days. It meant our family still felt involved.
When I mentioned what we were doing to family and friends, everyone seemed to understand where we were coming from. It just made sense for us, and they understood it. If it's what you want, and it makes sense for you, people will hopefully understand.
Direct cremation is now offered by most if not all funeral places, it cost £1300 and although I knew the date of the cremation we were not aware of the time. For us it worked well and it meant we could celebrate his life and commermorate in other ways. His family supported his wishes. My mum too thought is was a good idea and she herself now wants a direct cremation.
He went to the funeral home the same night he died, the whole process no different as to a normal funeral aside from no ceremony.
And as @uss_tish said, my husband knew he was dying for a long while and it was his decision and I think some of his concern was saving me and our son from enduring it. And as she also said, he was collected from home about 2 hours after he died.