Cremation and Burial costs: why do we cost less

In 2019 one of the largest funeral chains in the UK commissioned a survey looking at the national cost of funerals. They found that 79% of people opted for cremation over burial. At the time of the survey the average burial was £5000 and the average cremation £3986.

These prices are affected by lots of external and internal factors.

The external factors outside of a funeral directors control affect the cost of your chosen funeral. For example, the average cost of a burial in Greater London is £7883, whilst in the East Midlands it is £4603.

This is mainly due to the availability of burial space, the cost of purchasing the Exclusive Right Of Burial (EROB) will also vary according to location i.e. cemetery, churchyard or woodland.

The factor affecting a cremation price is the cost of the chosen crematorium which can range in price from £800 to over £1000

Why do we cost less?

We at Barker Family Funeral Services can offer both burials and cremations at a lower price than most of our competitors and lower than the national average.

This is because of our directors fees and commission. We charge a significantly lower cost for our services for example, caring for your loved one, use of the chapel of rest, choice of location for the arrangement – we can come to you and we do not charge for out of hours collection, you do not choose what time of day you pass away.

We also do not charge commission on the services provided by others, we make no profit on our disbursements, we are charged £82 for each doctor to certify death for cremation, this is the same price passed on to our customers.

We work with local suppliers, our Florist provides a 3ft coffin spray at a preferential cost that we include in our price.

We have no hidden costs, we have no hidden extras.

In order to ensure you get the best service possible we encourage you to seek quotes from several funeral directors, see our next blog “shopping around for a funeral directors- What should I ask?”

Bring your quote with you to see us and we will do our best to match any like for like quote.

We are a family run company that pride ourselves on our consistently high-quality and careful service. As well as our assurance that we will treat your loved ones with the care and respect that we would treat our own.

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