The 2019 SunLife ‘Cost of Dying’ survey showed the average UK cost for a basic funeral was £4,417. This includes both cremations and burials, though generally burial costs more. Roughly three-quarters of all funerals are cremations.
A cremation through Family Tree in 2020 will cost around £3,750 for a 35-minute service with a celebrant or minister. This includes our fee, fees for doctors’ paperwork, a mid-price coffin, coffin delivery, minister/celebrant fee and the cremation fee. It also allows for some of these ‘optional extras’: newspaper announcement, orders of service, a hearse, professional bearers and family flowers. See below for more detail.
A burial can cost upwards from £2,775 depending on the location and the coffin. This does not include a headstone (from £1,000).
Estimating cremation costs in 2020
Direct Cremation: £1,895
No family present, but very respectful and personal, with everything organised and handled by Family Tree. Cremation takes place at a time and location of our choosing. This price includes our fee, a meeting with the family, collection and care of the deceased, crematorium fee, a simple cardboard or wood veneer coffin, our estate car as the hearse, doctors’ fees and return of the ashes to you.
The Family Tree ‘Sunrise’ at Gloucester Crematorium: £2,475
- Includes our fee, full liaison and meetings with you, collection and care of the deceased, an opportunity to visit the deceased (if wished), a locally-made ‘natural’ cardboard coffin, a ‘Sunrise’ ten-minute slot at Gloucester Crematorium, doctors’ fees, our estate car as the hearse and the return of ashes to you.
- Allows for ten minutes in the chapel, with the coffin carried by the family or on our wheels, with two music tracks of your choice.
Early-morning service costs at local crematoria:
Gloucester, £434 for a ten-minute slot.
Cheltenham, £650 for a 15-minute attended ‘Sunrise’ service. Direct cremation (no service) £425.
Westerleigh, £720 for a 30-minute attended service. Direct cremation (no service) £470.
Regular cremation/church service: around £3,750, depending on what you include and made up of the following:
Funeral Director’s fee from £1,795
This fee covers and includes an initial meeting (and follow-up meetings/calls/emails as needed) to discuss all aspects of the funeral. This can be at your home or in our private office. You’ll have time to understand the process, talk through the person’s life and times, explore your ideas, and know you have been heard and understood. You can ask any and all questions, and finish with a plan in mind that feels right for you and the person who has died.
Also included in our fee:
*Collecting the person who has died from home, a nursing home, hospice or hospital; gentle, personal and gender-sensitive mortuary care; preparation and dressing of the person who has died; the opportunity for you to spend time with the person in a peaceful setting if you would like. N.B An additional cost will be applied for help with keeping the person at home, out of hours collection, bringing the person into church or home the night before the funeral.
*Advice and guidance on all legal requirements, registration, completion of and responsibility for all funeral administration and paperwork; exploration of all the different options for the funeral and the ceremony including the service itself, celebrants/ministers, ideas for the gathering afterwards, and catering ideas if you need them.
*Liaison with all parties and efficient completion of all the tasks involved in arranging the funeral exactly as you would want whilst staying in communication with you throughout.
*Use of our dark blue Audi 6 estate car as the hearse, or suggestions for alternative transport.
*Support, guidance and ideas for how you might involve close friends, family and children – yes, children! – in participating in the farewell.
*Collecting, keeping, transferring and delivering the ashes and advice on the options for a memorable burial or scattering ceremony.
Links to local crematoria
Gloucester: The closest to Stroud. A 20-minute service (30-minute slot time) £912. 45-minute and one-hour slots also available.
Gloucester fees and charges
Cheltenham: Two bright new chapels. A 35-minute service (45-minute slot time) £915.
Cheltenham fees and charges
Westerleigh: Very popular. A 35-minute service (45-minute slot time) £985.
Westerleigh fees and charges
Doctors’ fees £164
Currently £82 for each of the two doctors, from separate surgeries, who visit the person and certify that the death was natural and can go ahead. Needed for cremation only.
Coffin bearers, from £45 each
Many families have enough able-bodied women and men who are keen to carry the coffin into the service and/or to lower into the grave. If not, we are able to provide professional pall bearers.
Hire of a venue ranges from £12 an hour for a simple village or church hall, to £1,500 for a full day at The Matara Centre with its beautiful grounds, different rooms and catering facilities.
A celebrant will cost around £225, and will write and deliver a cracking eulogy, and, working with us, will manage all aspects of the service itself. Church minister fees are £199 for the church service, and £28 (plus around £20 travel) for a cremation afterwards.
Smart (but simple) oak veneer £425; Somerset woven willow £845, imported willow £795; locally-made plain cardboard £345; printed cardboard (various designs) £425; bespoke images on cardboard £695. Bespoke cardboard coffins are printed with images you supply, such as paintings or photographs. You can also create your own designs or do découpage on cardboard coffins.
Coffins can be made in other woven fibres, e.g. bamboo, banana leaf or pandanus, and timbers can be stained, varnished, or painted to order. Vibrant glitter coffins are an option, so too are simple shrouds.
Many people wanting a simple family funeral are happy to use our dark blue Audi 6 estate car to take the coffin to the service. This cost is included in our fees.
Otherwise: traditional hearse, £250 for two hours. A classic Daimler hearse in green or black, £495; a leopard print or pink classic Daimler hearse will come from London and cost £750; a motorcycle sidecar hearse or a motorcycle and trailer hearse is £895.
Matched pairs of horses can be hired locally to pull beautiful black or white Victorian coach hearses, or you may prefer a fine flatbed wagon pulled by ‘Barnie’. Prices from £795.
Other choices include a long wheelbase silver Land Rover, a Morris Minor ‘woodie’ estate car or a Reliant Robin to almost any vehicle ever made converted to a car that will carry a coffin – prices on application!
Limousines: £225, then £75 per hour over two hours.
You can get a lovely arrangement from a local florist from £65; as your choice of size and variety expands, so does the price. Locally-grown, seasonal flower and greenery arrangements from our smallholder florist in the Slad Valley are fabulous and start from £85.
Stroud News & Journal, £150. Gloucester Citizen, £140. Gloucestershire Echo, £135. London Times, £155. Costs vary, depending on length.
Local burial fees
Stroud (Horns Road) and Brimscombe cemeteries, £780 and £819 respectively. Double-depth, £946 and £969. Price includes gravedigger. Headstone fees additional, to order. Both charge double fees for non-local residents.
Westmill Woodland Burial Site, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. £800. Double-depth not available.
Arnos Vale, Bristol. Five acres of woodland in a former Victorian Orchard. Double-depth not available.
Greenfields Woodland site, Staunton, Gloucestershire. £700. Double-depth £1,000. Use of chapel £50. (No website.)
Gravedigger cost for church burials: £550-650. Double-depth will cost more.
Disbursements: these are payments we make on the family’s behalf to third parties. They are itemised on our estimate of costs which we will agree with you in advance and are payable before the funeral, please. These include payments to doctors, minister/celebrants, crematorium or cemetery fees, church/verger fees, organist, florist, coffin supplier, gravedigger, newspapers and catering.
Estimated invoice: this will be sent after our arrangement meeting with you.
Final invoice: this will be sent one week after the funeral and is payable within two weeks of the date on the invoice.
Contact us any time for funeral assistance. We can be contacted on 01453 767 769, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our aim is to work with you to make it special, and then make it all happen smoothly.