Funeral costs

The average cost of a cremation in Gloucestershire in 2014 was around £3,150. This compared with a national average of £3,815 (Sun Life 2014)

It is hard to get a great deal lower than this if you use the services of a funeral director, though you can – of course – do quite a bit yourself. It is also very easy to spend more, with fancier transport, flowers, orders of service sheets and impressive coffins.

Funeral costs break down about 50 – 50 into Funeral Directors’ expenses (collection, care of the body, and professional fees for all the various services and support) and ‘disbursements’ (doctors’ fees, newspaper announcements, minister’s fees, church and crematorium fees, and sometimes a non-standard coffin). Disbursements are funeral costs committed by the funeral director in advance, and you will be asked to pay them before the day of the funeral.

How will we know what it will all cost? Once we know the different elements involved in the arrangements, Family Tree will always give you a written, itemised estimate of all funeral costs for you to approve . We will be clear and open with you about all costs.

In 2010 Ipsos MORI chose 50 towns across the UK and ‘mystery shopped’ these firms in each town: one independent funeral director, a Dignity FD, and a branch of Co-operative Funeralcare. (146 respondents …. one Co-op branch refused to give a quote over the phone, one Co-op and one independent didn’t pick up, and one Co-op number was ‘unobtainable’.)

The funeral quoted for in every case, with itemised charges, comprised: cremation; transportation of the person who had died from hospital to ‘chapel of rest’, a hearse; a following limousine; time to visit the person who had died; simplest coffin; and professional fee.

The average overall cost (N.B. 2010 research) of the above funeral was £2648 (there are regional variations).

The average Dignity quote was £2916, the average Co-op quote £2675 and the average independent quote £2353. NB A difference of up to £560!

In 40 of the towns investigated Dignity gave the highest quote; in 9 of them Co-op gave the highest quote.

Contact us at any time for funeral assistance

We will work with you to design and arrange the exact type of funeral that you and your family feel is right for the person who has died. Our aim is to work with you until you know it is exactly right, and then make it all happen smoothly.

What to do when someone dies

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We will tell you exactly what to do, and help and guide you through each of the different stages.

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