More and more people are choosing cremation instead of burial. But how much does it cost? And what’s the difference between a standard cremation and a direct cremation? We’ve put together this guide to help you understand your options.
How much does cremation cost?
The average cost of cremation in the UK is £3,765 (SunLife 2022). This cost covers the price of the cremation, the funeral director’s fees, the doctor’s fees and the cost of a celebrant to lead the service.
This basic cremation cost doesn’t cover other send-off fees, such as flowers, limousines, a memorial (a headstone or an urn), an order of service, or catering for the wake. In 2021, the average people spent on a send-off was £2,484. These costs are optional and you might choose to have all, some or none of these things at the service.
If you’re looking for a lower cost cremation, you could consider direct cremation.
How much does direct cremation cost?
A direct cremation is a simple cremation, without a funeral service. This means there are no readings, no music and no one attends a service.
On average, a direct cremation costs £1,647 (SunLife 2022). Although prices can start from £900-£1,000, depending on your location and the options you choose. All funeral directors will list their price for an unattended funeral on their standard price list.
Although you don’t have a formal funeral service with a direct cremation, you can still get together to remember the person who has died. Some people choose to organise a wake in a local pub or in the family home to celebrate their loved one’s life.
How do cremation costs compare with burial costs?
The average cremation costs £1,162 less than the average burial. The average cost for a funeral with burial in the UK is £4,927 (SunLife 2022).
By choosing a cremation, you also have more options about the type of memorial you’d like. For example, you can still choose to have a traditional headstone, but this is one of the most expensive options. Choosing a memorial urn is a less expensive option. Alternatively, you might decide to scatter the ashes and have no fixed memorial at all.
How do I find cremation costs for funeral directors near me?
It’s important to remember that not all funeral directors charge the same price for their services. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to shop around and get prices from several funeral directors before choosing the right one for you.