A 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 burial costs more. Roughly three-quarters of all funerals are cremations.
A basic cremation through Family Tree in 2020 will cost £2,250 for a ‘Sunrise’, and around £3,750 for a longer, 35-minute service with a celebrant or minister.
A burial can cost upwards from £2,775 depending on the location and the coffin. This does not include a headstone (from £1,000).
Extras such as flowers, a newspaper announcement, orders of service and the wake will of course affect the cost.
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, meeting with family, collection and care of the deceased, crematorium fee, a simple cardboard or wood veneer coffin, our estate car a the hearse, doctors’ fees and return of the ashes to you.
The Family Tree Sunrise: £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’ 15-minute slot at Cheltenham Crematorium, doctors’ fees, our estate car as the hearse and the return of ashes to you.
- Allows for 10 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, £421.50 for a 20-minute slot. Cheltenham, £425 for a 20-minute slot. Westerleigh, £720 for a 30-minute slot.
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 includes an initial meeting (and follow-up meetings 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.
*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 agile 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.
Crematoria £873 – £985 for standard service and £1,085 – £1,380 for double slot
Gloucester: The closest to Stroud. A 20-minute service (30-minute slot time) £873.
Fees and charges
Cheltenham: Two bright new chapels. A 35-minute service (45-minute slot time) £915.
Westerleigh: Very popular. A 30-minute service (45-minute slot time) £985.
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. 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.
The heart of the service! 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 £895, 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, £225 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 £95.
Stroud News & Journal, £150. Gloucester Citizen, £140. Gloucestershire Echo, £135. London Times, £375. Costs vary, depending on length.
Stroud and Brimscombe cemeteries, £799. Double-depth £969. Price includes gravedigger. Headstone fees additional, to order.
Westmill Woodland site, Shrivenham, £800. http://www.woodlandburialwestmill.co.uk/home
Greenfields Woodland site, Staunton, £795. Double-depth add £375.
Gravedigger £550-650. Double-depth add £175.
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.