How much does cremation cost?

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?

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.

You can use use the location search on our website to compare the prices for different funeral directors near you.

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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
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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
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Attended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees for an Attended Funeral, which is where family and friends have a ceremony or service for the deceased person at the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements
  • Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15 miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care
  • Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities.
  • Providing a suitable coffin
  • Optional viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director
  • At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle

In addition to the Funeral Director’s fee, there will be third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements) to cover the other aspects of a funeral (such as the crematorium or burial fees). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to provide these for you.

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Unattended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees and the crematorium fee for an Unattended Funeral, which is where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself. This is also known as a Direct Cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Funeral Director's fees
  • Crematorium fee (for an unattended funeral) as selected by the Funeral Director

In addition to this fee, there might be additional third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to explain these for you.

If you wish to attend the funeral, you should view the “Attended Funeral” price instead.

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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 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
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