Choosing a Headstone and Typical Costs

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Depending on the religion and the personal preferences of the bereaved, a headstone can be an incredibly symbolic tribute to the deceased. As the final point of contact with the dearly departed, it can be a place of remembrance and peace to be visited and cherished.

With that in mind, the process of choosing a headstone to commemorate a loved one’s life is an important one into which time and care should be placed. The costs of a headstone can also easily be overlooked when planning for a funeral, so it’s important to have a rough idea how much you would like to spend well in advance so that you don’t come up short when disaster strikes.


Types of headstones


Although there are many different kinds of memorials available nowadays, there are three main kinds of headstone:

All of the above can be constructed from a variety of materials. The first two will normally have a concrete base, with the headstone itself being constructed from either granite, marble or limestone. Granite is the most durable and cheapest material, making it also the most popular choice.


Types of finish


In addition to the material you choose, you’ll also need to select the particular finish you’d like to see on the deceased’s headstone. The following choices are available:

There are other finishes available, such as axed, blued or shell rock, but these are far less common.


Typical costs


It’s difficult to say exactly how much any individual headstone will cost, since it will vary greatly depending on the size, shape, material, finish and engraving involved, but the Royal London National Funeral Cost Index Report 2017 shows that on average, Britons spend £916 on the headstone or other memorial. That’s in addition to all of the other funeral costs, such as the funeral director, burial plot or cremation, flowers, venue hire, catering and others.

Again, it’s difficult to generalise how much specific materials cost, but as a general rule of thumb, flat or slanted headstones are the cheapest, at around £400. The upright headstone is the most common choice and normally costs between £800 and £1,200, while kerbed headstones are more intricate, larger and more expensive, normally priced at around £2,000.


Choosing the headstone that’s right for you


As mentioned above, the process of choosing a headstone is a deeply personal and individual one which shouldn’t be rushed over or taken lightly. For advice on how to select the perfect headstone for your situation, or for any other advice, give us a call on 01983 754 387. We’re happy to help.


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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

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