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Funeral Expenses

You may wish to contact a Funeral Director to discuss what arrangements you would like.

You are entitled to ask for a free quotation, however you are under no obligation to use a Funeral Director and may wish to undertake the arrangements yourself. We will be pleased to offer advice if this is your preference, or you could visit our page entitled carrying out a burial yourself.

Costs may Include:

  • removal of the deceased
  • limousine / hearse
  • notices in local papers
  • memorials
  • preparation services of the deceased
  • church and minister fees
  • flowers
  • coffin
  • cemetery fees
  • reception arrangement
     

The funeral service does not have to be conducted by a Minister or Priest. There are various options open to you; if the burial does not take place on consecrated ground a member of the family or a friend may wish to take the service, you may prefer a Humanist or Spiritualist service, or you could have a civil ceremony. If your choice is for burial, our page detailing information on burials and graves may provide you with further information on choices available. You may also wish to look at the options following a cremation, as many people do not know what to do with cremated remains, other than to have them scattered in the crematorium grounds.

Please make an appointment if you feel you would like to discuss the options personally, either at the Cemetery Office, or at any of our cemeteries.

Meeting the costs involved
You may be able to apply to the Department for Work and Pensions for help in meeting the costs of the funeral.
Department for Work and Pensions

The cost of the funeral is usually met from the assets of the person who has died, but if there are no assets, the cost may be the responsibility of the person making the funeral arrangements.

Survey of Funeral Costs, free from the Order of Odd Fellows (0161 832 9361)

Age Concern
Tel: 0208 765 7200
Website: Age Concern

Age Concern have a number of leaflets available for example
Probate - Dealing with someone's estate, factsheet 14, from Age Concern (0800 00 9966). A Scottish version is also available upon request.

Cancer
Tel: 0808 800 0000
Website: Macmillan cancer support

The Compassionate Friends
Tel: 0117 953 0630
Website: The Compassionate Friends

Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 0845 758 55 65
Website: Cruse Bereavement Care

National Association of Bereavement services
Tel: 0207 709 9090

Samaritans
Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Website: Samaritans

SSAFA Forces help
Tel: 0207 403 8783
Website: SSAFA Forces help

The New Natural Death Handbook from the Natural Death Centre
Tel: 020 7359 8391
Website: The Natural Death Centre