Can you have a funeral on a weekend?

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Can you have a funeral on a Saturday or Sunday? Simply put, yes, you can. In the UK, while it’s most common for funerals to be held during the week, it may be possible to say goodbye to a loved one on a Saturday or Sunday, as well. Whether or not this is an option will depend mostly on the type of service you want, the availability of your chosen funeral director / parish and the budget you have to pay for the funeral. 

When does a funeral normally take place?

It’s most common to hold a funeral between 12 weeks after a person has died. Although how long between a death and a funeral can vary depending on the circumstances. Some religious funerals require that the ceremony take place as soon as possible, potentially bringing it forward a few days. Situations which require an inquest from the coroner can mean that the funeral is delayed for slightly longer than the usual 1-2 weeks. 

What days are funerals usually held on in the UK?

Usually, the funeral itself will take place Monday to Friday, either as a morning or midday service. An early morning ceremony is an especially good time if money is a concern, since time slots from 12pm onwards are generally the most in-demand and therefore the most expensive. However, the date and time you choose should be based on what’s most convenient for you and your family members (and which coincides with the availability of your funeral director and/or parish). You shouldn’t feel the need to hold a midweek service just because it’s common practice. 

Things to consider for a weekend funeral

While not all parishes or funeral directors will accommodate a weekend funeral, many now do. A Saturday morning service can be especially beneficial if many people need to travel from out of town to make it. Typically, funerals on Saturday cost around £500 to £1,000 more than a midweek service, since those involved often charge higher rates for working at the weekend. The same applies to funerals that take place on a Bank Holiday. 

There is no explicit Christian scripture which prevents churches from holding funerals on Sunday. However, you may find that your local parish or funeral director doesn’t offer this option due to religious considerations. It’s also worth remembering that for most churches, Sunday is the busiest day of the week and they may not have space in their schedule for a funeral service. 

Of course, the availability of a Saturday (and indeed Sunday) funeral will depend on your own religion, location and unique circumstances. If having a weekend funeral is a high priority for you, it’s a good idea to make sure you ask about this before choosing your funeral director. 

At Your Funeral Choice, we’re here to help you plan the funeral you want. You can search for funeral directors in your local area using our free funeral director comparison tool. 

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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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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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