Basic features of direct burial
- The body is usually buried in a simple container, rather than an expensive casket 
- There is no viewing, visitation, or wake  before the burial, which eliminates the need for embalming
- A graveside funeral service  may be held when the body is buried (often at an additional cost), or a memorial service  may be held at a later date
Direct burial funeral service options
Often, direct burial takes place with no formal ceremony and no mourners at the gravesite. If you want to have a direct burial and you want a brief service, you may be able to pay a fee to hold a brief graveside service . By holding a graveside service, however, the arrangements may change the type of service to a “graveside service” from a “direct burial” and the cost may increase significantly. If you are interested in an immediate burial with a graveside service component, talk to the funeral director you’re working with to learn about how they handle these types of arrangements.
If you are interested in a direct burial but want to have a formal service as well, that service will likely take the form of a memorial service  after the burial. The memorial service can take place immediately after the burial, or some time in the future.
How to arrange a direct burial
If you want to arrange a direct burial, you’ll likely want to work with a funeral home and a cemetery to begin making arrangements.
To find a funeral home, use our resource Guide: Finding a Funeral Home .
Direct burial cost
Direct burial is the least expensive burial option, as some of the most expensive purchases—casket , preparing the body, elaborate funeral service—are avoided. In addition, some funeral homes will charge a lower Basic Services Fee  (the non-declinable flat fee funeral homes charge) for direct burial. If you are interested in saving money, it's worth calling a number of different funeral homes to find one with a lower direct burial Basic Services Fee.