What is included in a simple funeral service?

In comparison to the more expensive traditional funeral, a simple funeral service is a much more affordable approach. With its no-frill structure, the less essential services are simply removed from the funeral whilst costs are reduced for the more important elements.

However, the precise details of what a simple funeral service includes depends on the funeral director of your choosing as they will likely have their own manner of doing things, so ensure to ask you funeral directors directly.

Find out more about simple funerals below.

How is it different from a traditional funeral?

Whilst the basic elements of a simple and traditional funeral are fairly similar, there are notable differences between the two.

A traditional funeral essentially gives the family more scope with their funeral planning. This includes components such as the choice of when the funeral is held, the amount of time a family may view their loved one in the funeral home, hiring a venue to hold the Wake, holding a procession to the cemetery with loved ones and hiring a hearse and limousine as transport.

Although the more expensive option, the familiarity of the traditional funeral can offer reassurance and comfort to the family at this difficult time.

What exactly happens at a simple funeral?

As the most affordable funeral of the two types, the simple funeral service may include some compromises:

In comparison to the traditional funeral service, the simpler version is somewhat a lot more basic. However as aforementioned, it does mean you can significantly cut costs and therefore relieve financial strain.

The simple funeral is the cheapest and most basic type of funeral service, although costs will vary depending on the funeral director, the exact simplicity of the funeral and your location.

Direct cremation or burial

Another path you could take is direct cremation, or direct burial. This low-cost service covers a simple cremation or burial but without a funeral service. The funeral director will collect your loved one, and they are cremated or buried with no-one present. The ashes are then returned to the family, or the family can visit the cemetery, where they can have they own memorial service as they see fit.

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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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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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Funeral Choice charity donation

To redeem the £20 charity donation all you have to do is select the charity from the dropdown list in the Make Contact form. Once you have confirmed arrangements with that funeral director send us an email to info@yourfuneralchoice.com confirming the service has been arranged. After we receive this email we will make the donation to the chosen charity and confirm back to you.

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