How much does a typical cremation cost?

How much does a typical cremation cost?

If you have recently lost a loved one and it was their wish to be cremated, you may have questions around the costs involved with cremations. There are different price points depending on the ceremony, so whether you are looking for a very simple cremation with no ceremony, or one with a lavish ceremony, there are plenty of options available.

Average Cost of Direct Cremation

‘Direct cremation’ is the name given to a cremation which is unattended and has no funeral service. Many people do not want an extravagant send off, but do wish to be cremated, and so this is the best option for them.

It can also be a good option if money is tight. There are lots of ways to celebrate a loved one’s life outside of an expensive ceremony and many families prefer to remember and share memories within the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

The average cost of direct cremation will vary slightly, but the average cost in the UK is between £1200 and £1300, depending on where you live. How much a typical cremation costs will also depend upon the crematorium you choose and any additional third-party costs they may require.

How much does a funeral cost if cremated?

If a direct cremation isn’t what you are looking for, you might choose to have a funeral ceremony following the cremation.

Simple funeral service

A simple funeral, which includes only the basic funeral services, is usually just over £1600 on top of the cost of the cremation. Again, this is depending on where in the UK you live.

A simple funeral service will include everything needed to send off your loved one, without added frills like flower arrangements or funeral cars. Whilst obviously a preferable option for those who need to save money, many people also choose to have this kind of funeral over an extravagant ceremony too. For more information on what is included in a simple funeral service, click here.

Unique funeral service with added extras

Funerals which include more of these luxurious elements will range in price depending on which funeral director you choose and how many ‘added-extras’ you wish to have in the service. This could be anything from flowers and decorations to a unique hearse or an ash-scattering ceremony. If you want to celebrate your loved one in a unique way, click here to read our Guide to Unique Memorial Services.

You can compare the costs of funeral directors near to you by using our search tool. You will also find all the contact details you need to get in touch with them and discuss your individual requirements.

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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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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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