How much is a church funeral service in the UK?

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Planning a funeral for a family member or close friend? If they wanted a church funeral service it’s useful to get an idea of the costs before you make any arrangements. It’ll make planning easier and help you manage your budget. We’ve put together some info on how much a church funeral costs so you know what to expect.

How much is a church funeral service?

The average funeral cost in the UK is £4,056 (SunLife Report 2022). A large amount of this cost usually goes towards funeral director’s fees. But when you’re planning a church funeral service you’ll also need to pay costs to the church’s parish council or the board that looks after your local church. These are known as parochial fees.

Depending on your faith and where your local church is these costs may change or you may see additional costs. This is because each parish can have a different set of costs for certain parts of a church funeral service. If you’re planning a Catholic funeral service, for example, there is no fee for the service. But they may ask for a donation instead. So keep in mind that your personal circumstances and where you live can change costs.

Church of England funeral costs

Knowing how much each part of a church funeral service costs may help you decide which parts are important to you and which won’t be suitable. It may also help you think about whether you’d like the help of a funeral director or whether you want to take on more of the planning yourself. So we’ve put together the latest costs of an Anglican church funeral service to give you a better idea of what to expect.

Please note: the costs below are the latest statutory costs from the Church of England. So they may not reflect the cost of a funeral that takes place at a church from another branch of the Christian faith.

 

Costs for funeral service in the church

£206 Funeral service in the church that takes place immediately before or after the burial/cremation
£331 Burial of the coffin in the churchyard that takes place immediately before or after the funeral service
£143 Burial of cremated remains in the churchyard that takes place immediately before or after the funeral service
£30 Burial of the coffin or cremated remains in a cemetery that takes place immediately before or after the funeral service
£30 Cremation that takes place immediately before or after the funeral service
£360 Burial of the coffin in the churchyard on a separate day to the funeral service
£172 Burial of cremated remains in the churchyard on a separate day to the funeral service
£74 Burial of the coffin or cremated remains in a cemetery on a separate day to the funeral service
£16 Certificate for burial of coffin or cremated remains

 

Costs for funeral service at the graveside or elsewhere

£428 Graveside funeral service in churchyard and burial of coffin
£240 Graveside funeral service in churchyard and burial of cremated remains
£206 Funeral service carried out at a crematorium or cemetery including burial of coffin or cremated remains
£206 Funeral service carried out in a funeral home
£30 Cremation that takes place in a funeral home
£360 Burial of coffin in churchyard only (no graveside or church service)
£172 Burial of cremated remains in churchyard only (no graveside or church service)
£30 Burial of coffin or cremated remains in a cemetery
£16 Certificate for burial of coffin or cremated remains

 

Other costs of a church funeral service

(These are estimated costs and will change depending on your local parish)

 

£60-70 Heating the church if needed
£80-100 Organist
£0-60 Service of a verger (person who helps with the service)
£0-60 Use of AV system for music/photo montages
£0-150 Help with broadcast of the funeral via online platform

 

Examples of the cost of a church funeral service

Below we’ve put together 2 example scenarios of what some people may like to include in church funeral arrangements. This will give you a clearer picture of the total cost you can expect to pay for a church funeral service. Keep in mind that these costs are for the service only and don’t include the funeral director’s fees, the price of a coffin or a hearse.

Example 1: Cost of traditional church funeral service with burial of coffin in the churchyard

 

Cost Service
£206 Funeral service in the church that takes place before or after the burial/cremation
£331 Burial of the coffin in the churchyard that takes place immediately before or after the funeral service
£16 Certificate for burial of coffin or cremated remains
Total £553

 

Example 2: Cost of simple graveside service in the churchyard before or after a cremation

 

Cost Service
£240 Graveside funeral service in churchyard and burial of cremated remains
£16 Certificate for burial of coffin or cremated remains
Total £256

 

As you can see from the two examples above the cost of a church funeral service can change quite a bit depending on what you choose to include. These costs are reviewed by the Church each year and optional extras may change depending on where you are in the UK. This also doesn’t cover all funeral costs. Read our guide on how much a funeral costs for a full breakdown.

Although this gives you an idea of what the costs could be its always best to contact the church where you’d like to have the service for up-to-date info. Or if you’re using a funeral director they’ll help you organise the church funeral service and give you a breakdown of costs. That way you’ll know what’s included and what will cost extra.

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Now you have an idea of costs, you may want to contact a funeral director to help you organise the service. Not sure where to start? Use our funeral director finder to help you narrow down your search and find the right person to help 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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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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