What makes up the total cost of a funeral?
Funerals require a lot of coordinated work from a number of people and agencies. As your funeral director, we will coordinate the other agencies and deal with their requirements. Most of the cost of a funeral is spent on third party services such as statutory fees, doctors, crematorium or burial costs, and on paying for a coffin, hearse and extras such as flowers and orders of service. Remembrance’s professional fees are clearly shown on our pricing information with full details of what they include: bringing your loved one into our care, preparing and looking after them prior to the funeral, spending time with you to help you decide what type of funeral you would like, making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies), welcoming you to our Remembrance Room to spend time with your loved one, and managing the funeral on the day to ensure everything goes to plan in accordance with your wishes. Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24-hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured. At Remembrance, we are committed to ensuring that every family can have a special goodbye for their loved one, regardless of their budget.
How much does a funeral cost?
The cost of a funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. Typically, it can range from £950 inclusive to £4,000 and more depending on what you choose and what your budget is. However, having a smaller budget doesn’t mean there is any compromise on the quality of the service you receive from Remembrance.
We will discuss with our you what you and your family would like, and we will ask you what your loved one would have liked – a funeral should reflect the person it is saying goodbye to. After discussing the options we can offer, we will help you to plan a bespoke funeral that reflects what you, your family and your loved one would want. A bespoke funeral doesn’t have to be expensive – at Remembrance, we don’t offer packages where you end up paying for things you don’t want or need, we build a funeral to suit your wishes and your budget, without compromising on personal service or quality. We will be very transparent in our costs and you will clearly see what we are charging for as part of our professional services, any additional elements cost, for example, coffin, hearse, limousine, orders of service and flowers, and any third party costs such as statutory costs, doctors’ fees, celebrant fees, crematorium or burial fees. There will be no hidden fees.
The combined cost of our professional service fees (£595) and fees for the collection and care of your loved one (£395) is £990.00. These costs cover bringing your loved one into our care, meeting with you to talk through what type of funeral you might like, care of your loved one (including washing, dressing and other preparations), making the funeral arrangements for your preferred goodbye, liaising with all other third parties on your behalf and welcoming family visits with your loved one in our Remembrance Room during our office hours, We will provide a clear breakdown of costs for everything else that makes up the cost of the funeral. Third party costs (disbursements) are outside of our control.
One of the most cost-effective funerals we offer is our Remembrance Simplicity Forget-Me-Not Funeral, which costs £1515.00 This includes bringing your loved one into our care and looking after them until the funeral takes place, hosting your loved one in our Remembrance Room where you can visit and spend time with them, a coffin, and a service led by your chosen officiant for up to 14 people in our Remembrance premises in Hattersley, where you say your goodbyes. We will arrange the cremation afterwards but family & friends say their goodbyes at the service and do not attend the crematorium. At Remembrance, we can cater for everyone – there is no one size fits all. Whatever you choose, we will support you to have the funeral that you want and ensure that it is well organised and respectful. A fully itemised invoice of costs will normally be provided to you within 5 days of the funeral taking place.
What is a simple funeral?
Some funeral directors offer a range of packages, which include various items and services depending on the costs, for example they usually offer simple or basic package, a mid-range package and a more expensive package. At Remembrance we only offer 2 types of funerals: Remembrance Simplicity and Remembrance Bespoke funerals.
Remembrance Simplicity funerals: these are what is known as direct cremation funerals, where the family do not attend the actual cremation. We offer 3 Remembrance Simplicity options:
Daisy: We take your loved one into our care, look after them and then arrange the cremation at a time and place selected by us. Family and friends cannot attend the cremation service. We then return your loved one’s ashes to you within 10 days. You could then choose to carry out a memorial service with the ashes, if you so wish.
Bluebell: We take your loved on into our care, look after them and invite you to visit and spend them in our Remembrance Room, before arranging the cremation at a time and place selected by us. Family and friends cannot attend the cremation service. We then return your loved one’s ashes to you within 10 days. You could then choose to carry out a memorial service with the ashes, if you so wish.
Forget-Me-Not: We take your loved one into our care, look after them and invite you to visit and spend time with them in our Remembrance Room. We then arrange a funeral for up to 14 friends and family at our Remembrance Room premises. If preferred, you can hold the service at a different venue of your choosing for an additional cost. You say your goodbyes at the service, and we arrange the cremation at a time and place selected by us. Family and friends cannot attend the cremation service. We then return your loved one’s ashes to you within 10 days.
Remembrance Bespoke funerals: We work with you to create the funeral you would like, considering your wishes and budget. We can offer affordable funerals that do not compromise on quality or the personal touch. Bespoke funerals start from £1645, which includes our professional services, collection and care of your loved one, our ceremonial vehicle and staff, and our lowest price coffin. Third party costs are additional to this and will vary depending on whether you choose burial or cremation, where you choose to hold a service and who you choose to officiate. You can choose a different hearse, choose whichever coffin you would like and add on any additional services you would like such as limousines, flowers, dove release and so on. It really is for you to choose what you would like and we will help you to explore any options that are of interest and find the most cost-effective way to create a funeral that is right for you.
Is there a cost difference between burial and cremation?
Our charges remain the same in either case, but the disbursements (charges by third parties such as the crematorium or cemetery fees, which we initially pay for you and appear on your account) will differ. The cost of purchasing a grave and memorial tend to make the total cost of burial more expensive, but we will gladly provide comparative costs based on your requirements.
Can I personalise a funeral?
Of course, you can. In fact, more people do opt for a more non-traditional personalised service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate someone’s life and we encourage you to become as involved as possible in designing your loved one’s funeral, welcoming involvement from those people who knew and cared for them, be they family or friends. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let us know exactly what you would like and we will work with you to design a funeral that reflects your wishes.