A funeral is considerably more expensive than people assume and the price range varies massively. As per the Royal London’s National Funeral Cost Index report, the average cost of a funeral in the UK is £3,784.
The factors leading to the final price of a funeral are:
However, many factors affect the cost of a funeral. These include, but are not limited to
We cover choosing a funeral director in our resource Choosing a Funeral Director, and suggest you ask around for price estimations to obtain an idea of the cost of hiring one in your area. Here, we cover the key variables that determine the cost of a funeral in the UK:
Although the price of a funeral varies around the UK, the national average is a good starting point. The average funeral cost within the UK is £3,784. London has an impact on this average, with the average funeral cost in London sitting at almost double the national average.
We recommend that you try and get funeral cost estimations from several funeral directors. You can compare this to the national average and see where you stand. Funeral directors need to know your budget. This way, they can help you plan the funeral accordingly.
The main reason a burial will increase the cost of a funeral is that you will need to pay for a burial plot. Most burials include a service, but that’s your choice.
There are a few more things you need to keep in mind if you are opting for a burial, as they will cause the cost to increase. The two main costs associated with a burial funeral are yearly gardening and tidying costs and the headstone (these cost about £920). Ask your funeral director more as they can give you a great insight into the cost you might have to bear.
As you can expect, cremation costs less than a burial. That said, there are different types of cremations. Standard cremations include memorial services; whereas with direct cremations, otherwise known as a “no-service cremation”, there is no service.
Do note that you can opt for a burial plot, even if you decide to cremate. Some families like to have a location they can visit, while others spread the ashes.
When calculating how much a funeral will cost, a funeral director may mention ‘disbursements’. Disbursements are third-party funeral costs that are not provided by the funeral director. On average, we estimate the cost of disbursement is £1,900. Generally, the funeral director is likely to manage the payments on your behalf and their quote includes this. However, they will demand the amount upfront as it is a common practice.
The most common disbursement fees are the cremation and burial costs. However, families can choose numerous optional extras. Here are some rough estimates:
When estimating the cost of a funeral, don’t feel pressured to choose any optional costs you do not want. Try tailoring the funeral to how you want it and stay within your budget. The day of the funeral is a special occasion for you and your loved ones.
The average cost of a funeral within the UK is £3,784. This is a lot of money and paying for the disbursements costs upfront can be a squeeze. You can receive financial assistance from numerous sources, including government assistance and charitable grants. You can find out more about these topics in our resource on financial support for funerals.