The newspapers are full of articles about the cost of funerals. Some heady figures are quoted in these, often between £4,500 and £6000 for a funeral. Funeral poverty is a problem, in rural areas as much as in cities, and we recognise this by being signed up to the ‘Fair Funerals Price Pledge’..
We haven’t raised our prices in since 2017 and aim to be able to help families to good funerals for between £2500 and £4000 depending on choices. Here are some way money can be saved:
We hold many funerals at our Riverstone premises, followed by an unattended cremation the following morning, saving over £400 on cremation costs alone.
We offer a reduced administrative charge for a local burial at Bidwell Woodland or Sharpham Meadow, and there are no doctors’ cremation form fees, saving around £250.
A burial can be made on private land. Even with a professionally dug grave this can save £500.
Family and friends can bear the coffin instead of hiring a professional team of bearers, saving around £200.
You don’t need to use a hearse – around 50% of our clients opt for a silver estate car. You can use your own vehicle (if long enough). These save £175 – £275.
We sell all our coffins at cost. A cardboard or oak veneer coffin is less than £200.
You can have a ‘direct cremation’ and organise your own event after.
Tailoring a funeral to your financial budget is about having all the information you need and making decisions that suit you. We offer a free meeting if you want to plan ahead.
The irony is, that these lower cost funerals, with family and friends are more involved, are usually more satisfactory and meaningful than the funeral with all the bows and whistles. You can put your care and love into them by taking on more of the tasks.