What Is the Average Length of a Funeral?

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Saying goodbye to a loved one is never an easy process, and the manner and setting in which this service takes place will depend largely on the religion, culture and personal preferences of both the deceased and their family. As a result, it’s difficult to say with precision exactly how long a funeral will last, since it can vary greatly depending on its component parts.

As a general rule, a Catholic funeral (encompassing mass and communion) can take up to an hour, while a humanist or non-religious funeral can be significantly shorter at around 30 minutes. The most economical funeral can even be over within 15 minutes, though this is unusual.

The factors which chiefly affect the length of a funeral are the location in which it is held, the type of service being conducted, the component parts of the service and the budget available for the funeral. When planning a funeral, it’s a good idea to talk to the funeral director or minister in charge of proceedings in order to get an approximation of how long they expect the service to last.

Component parts of a funeral


Again, it will vary depending upon the individual circumstances and preferences of the deceased, but in general, a funeral is comprised of the following component parts:

If hiring a minister or funeral director to lead proceedings, they will work closely with the bereaved family to gain an idea of the person’s life. This will allow them to create a personalised speech that is tailored to the life of the deceased.

The above itinerary is a rough guideline of what is included in most funeral services. Parts can be added or omitted without trouble, as there are no hard-and-fast rules as to what must go into a funeral.


Planning a funeral


Coping in the immediate aftermath of the loss of a loved one can be a trying time, and many people find organising the funeral too difficult to tackle alone. If you require help or advice in the planning of a loved one’s final farewell, give us a call on 01983 754 387 and we’ll do our utmost to make the process as smooth and pain-free as possible.


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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service

What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family

Why is this price Estimated?

We work hard to ensure the Funeral Director Fees we display are accurate and up to date. However, unlike with our partners, we cannot guarantee this price is correct today.


Funeral Choice charity donation

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