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.


Pre-Payment Funeral Plans

Many people wish to take out a funeral plan, they can give you financial security for those you leave behind, give you piece of mind, knowing that your wishes are known and understood, save your loved ones from the financial burdens associated with an often sudden an unexpected cost. A funeral plan made today can reduce the stress of planning a funeral during one of the most emotionally difficult time.

A pre-payment funeral plan is a sensible option and can be cost effective and easy to budget for. It secures a funeral for today’s prices.

Barker Family Funeral Services can provide a no obligation chat over a cup of tea to talk about all your pre-payment options.

Discussing funeral plans can be a sensitive topic, however, we at Barker Family Funeral Services can help make the process as smooth as possible

What is a funeral plan?

A pre-paid funeral plan is an ideal way of paying for your own funeral or that of a loved one, securing today’s prices, it can help reduce the financial burden to your loved ones.

A pre-paid plan or funeral plan can be paid as a lump sum or in regular installments over a fixed period of time.

Anyone over the age of 18 can take out a funeral plan for themselves or a loved one and there is no upper age limit.

A funeral plan can allow you to plan the type of funeral you want, the things included in your plan can vary from providers and type of plan. Typically they include :

  • Funeral director fees
  • Type of coffin
  • Transport arrangements
  • Burial or cremation
  • What you’d like to happen at your funeral

How to choose a funeral plan

Planning and paying for your funeral in advance frees your loved ones from the financial pressure and emotional stress involved in arranging and planning your funeral. Talk with your family and friends before taking out a plan, so that they are aware of your wishes and who to contact in the event of your death, you may find that they too have considered a funeral plan, or they didn’t know how to start the conversation.

After you have considered what type of funeral you would like, you can start to look at what type of funeral plan you need. Plan coverage can vary from just the funeral directors fees, to all the disbursements or third party fees to including bespoke items such as alternative hearses.

Compare plan providers – shop around

To find the best funeral plan for you, you should compare funeral plan providers and funeral plans, always read the terms and conditions to ensure you know what is covered and that it meets your needs.

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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