If you are organising a loved one’s funeral, we know full well that this can be a difficult and inherently challenging time for you and your loved one’s family and friends, and we are sorry for your loss. But planning a funeral is a necessary thing, and if your loved one had specific wishes, you may want to take this into account as well. But while you aren’t legally required to follow the deceased’s funeral wishes, many of us still take comfort in acknowledging what they would have wanted and pay tribute to them in the way they would have preferred. Along with your loved one’s wishes and the practical requirements of planning a funeral, you also have to consider the total costs of arranging the funeral itself. So what are the costs associated with it, and what should you expect? Here, your main questions are answered.
The average expenses for a funeral in the UK
As of this year, the average cost of planning and arranging a funeral in the United Kingdom is approximately £4420. But the total cost will also depend on where you are residing as well as any extra features or elements you would like to include. The cost will also vary based on whether you are having a burial or a cremation. For a burial, the average total expense would be at almost £5000, but if someone is cremated, the cost will be approximately £3900.
The breakdown of fees
- The fees of the funeral director
If you are opting for the service of a funeral director – and this is highly recommended to help you focus on what you need to do to help yourself, and your other loved ones heal – they will charge a fee based on the kind of services you require from them. Funeral directors, like the funeral directors in Leeds from Carroll & Carroll Independent Funeral Services, can manage all the arrangements for the funeral, including the paperwork and the collection and preparation of the deceased.
You also have to think about disbursements, which are essentially the expenses of a funeral which your funeral director will have to collect on behalf of third-party providers, such as celebrants or florists. These disbursements will often be added to your total bill for the funeral, but the funeral director is required to provide you with a total breakdown of these expenses and get your consent. Some usual disbursements include the burial fees, the fees of the doctor (for the death certificate), the fees of a religious authority or celebrant who performs the funeral service, the flowers, the obituary or death notice, the order of the funeral service, the catering for the wake or reception, and the hiring of the venue for the wake or reception.
- Burial expenses
There is also the cost of a burial, which can be around £1800. This can vary per location as well. The expense is based on the internment fee for adult residents and a right to burial for about 50 years. If your loved one is a non-resident of the area where the cemetery is located, the expense can be much higher as well. Also, burials taking place in natural grounds or private cemeteries will often be costlier than those taking place in councils or churches.
Planning a funeral can be difficult, but with the proper help and information, it will be a fitting tribute to your loved one who has passed.
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