Cost of Cremation

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Over the last 50 years, more and more Britons have opted for cremation rather than burial in the event of their death. Diminishing availability of burial plots, the rising costs that have come hand-in-hand with that scarcity and the decrease in popularity of religion have all contributed to making cremation the preferred option among UK citizens.

In fact, according to a YouGov survey from August 2016, 58% of Britons would favour cremation when they die, with only 17% choosing a traditional burial. Presumably, the added expense of a burial is one reason for that decision, but what exactly is the cost of a cremation? Which factors go into its formulation?

Cremation costs breakdown

The 2017 National Funeral Cost Index showed that the average cost for a cremation last year was £3,311. In comparison to the average cost of a burial (£4,257), that’s a significant saving. Obviously, there is less need to purchase a burial plot and finance interment of the remains with cremation, but which other factors go into final cost?

When budgeting for the cremation of a loved one (or for your own future cremation), it’s important to keep all of these factors in mind and come up with a practical yet appropriate approach that suits you. For free, impartial advice on how best to proceed, get in touch with us today on 01983 754 387.


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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.


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