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.


Donations in lieu of flowers

When sitting down to arrange a funeral, the question of flowers is raised. Included in the cost of a funeral with Barker Family Funeral Services is a 3ft coffin spray, provided by local Rushall florist Louise Warner. But what about other flowers? Should you say no flowers? Or family flowers only?

One family decided, as many do, to ask for donations in lieu of flowers. How does this work?

At Barker Family Funeral Services we pride ourselves on creating the send off your loved one deserved, including raising and handling charitable donations for your chosen good cause, free of charge.

This is done in partnership with the charity through online donations, cash collections on the day of the funeral service, cheques via the post and via the online tribute site Much Loved

The local family of well known and well loved Doris Joyce, chose to raise donations for Harker House, Doris’ home during her final years.

All the staff at Harker House were very fond of Doris and daughter Margaret, who still says hello to all the staff and misses regular chats and cups of tea.

Handing over the donations

In Doris’s memory, over £1000 has been raised for Harker House, the plans are to erect a summer house so that families can visit with loved ones and share those much missed cups of tea during these difficult times.

Recent charities and good causes to benefit from the gift of donations in lieu of flowers include:

  • East Anglian Children’s Charity – in memory of Velma Farrow
  • The Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity, Heamatology department – in memory of George ‘Peter’ Corefield
  • The Stroke associate – in memory of Chris Sayer
  • Dementia Uk – in memory of Basil Barber

These donations go a long way in helping others and providing care and support for so many.

Leave a lasting legacy in your loved ones name with Donations in lieu of flowers.

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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