Islamic funeral costs in the UK

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Looking for info about Islamic funeral and burial costs? Islamic funeral costs can differ slightly from the cost of a non-religious funeral, for example. To give you a better idea of the cost we’ve provided more details below. We hope it helps you plan the funeral you want for your loved one.

How much does an Islamic funeral cost?

The cost of an Islamic funeral can range from £2,000 to £5,000*. These costs will vary depending on the funeral director you use, where you live and the cemetery you choose. So it helps to have a clearer idea of what you might expect when planning the funeral. The table below will help you understand what you’ll need to pay for and where you may be able to keep costs down if you need to.

Please note: The costs below are estimates from Muslim funeral directors across the country. Costs will change depending on the funeral director and cemetery you choose, where you live and what parts of the funeral you include.

 

Service Estimated cost Things to consider
Funeral director’s fee £250 – £850 This will depend on where you live and what funeral director you use.
Taking care of any legal paperwork or administration related to the funeral or burial £0-100 Some funeral directors may include this as part of their overall funeral director’s fee.
Picking up the person who died from the hospital or from home £200-250 Some funeral directors only pick up a person within a certain area. Or they may charge extra for this service to pick them up from further away.
Ghusl (washing and shrouding) £100 You and your family may want to take care of bathing your loved one yourselves according to Sunnah. If you do, you may not be charged for this. Or you may be encouraged to help with the ritual washing at the masjid (mosque).
Kaffan (shroud)

or coffin suitable for burial

£0-250

 

Depending on your faith and masjid a coffin may not be allowed. And it may not be what you want for your loved one. According to Sharĩ’ah, burial in shrouds is preferred unless there is a medical reason. So discuss what is suitable with the funeral director.
Transporting the body after Ghusl to the mosque or home and onto the cemetery £200 You may be charged extra if the masjid or cemetery is outside of a certain area.
Imam’s services and Salat al-Janaza (Islamic funeral prayer) £0-100 Sometimes donation-based depending on the masjid.
Burial £2000-4000 This cost may or may not include an interment fee, lease of or exclusive right to the burial plot and maintenance. So always check this with the funeral director/cemetery.

Extra funeral costs to consider

According to Sharĩ’ah it’s important to bathe, shroud and bury the person who died as quickly as possible. Cemeteries and funeral directors that support the Islamic community will understand the need to have your loved one taken care of and buried quickly.

But if possible get in touch with the cemetery as soon as you can – early in the morning is best. This will make it easier to get a same day burial. And it will help you avoid any extra costs from a cemetery that may charge more for organising a burial later in the day.

Need to stick to a budget?

Using a funeral director who specialises in Islamic funeral services may help you organise the funeral more easily. It may help to know you can lean on your community too. But keep in mind that if you feel comfortable taking on more of the organisation yourself you don’t have to use a funeral director. You could ask the masjid for more support and instead organise the burial and other funeral arrangements yourself depending on what you feel comfortable with.

Worried about the cost of an Islamic funeral?

It’s understandable that the cost of a funeral may be worrying you. If you’re struggling you may be able to get financial help.

 

 

*Costs based on the following sources, last accessed 12th September 2022:

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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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