What’s a simple bespoke funeral service?

Funeral directors offer many extra services and products in addition to a simple funeral package.

These all come with additional costs, so compare itemised quotes from several funeral directors.

Although these added services may be convenient and useful, remember that you can arrange them yourself if you need to reduce costs. In addition to the funeral service, examples of additional products offered include:
  • Flowers
  • Death/funeral notice
  • Limousines
  • Orders of service
  • Venue hire
  • Catering
Brian's Story
Brian organised his brother’s funeral, and for several reasons opted for more than a basic service. He and his brother lived in the family home their whole life so, despite the higher cost, it was important to him that the hearse left directly from the house.
Brian is quite frail and doesn’t drive so chose the optional limousine service for himself and other members of the family. As people travelled a long way to attend the funeral he decided to opt for a service time later in the day, which was more convenient but costlier than an early morning service.


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Average cost of a simple service in London is:


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What's included?

  • Funeral director’s time and overheads - professional fees
  • Collection/transport of body
  • Doctors’ fees
  • Simple coffin
  • Hearse
  • Celebrant/officiate fee
  • Crematorium fee or burial fee
What does it cost?

According to the region of your choice, our estimated price is:

About our pricing:
These are average costs in your chosen region. Prices from SunLife’s ‘Cost of Dying’ 2016 report.

What if I can’t afford this?
Check out other options or see “What next” for more details on planning an affordable funeral.
What next?

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  • This is an average price in your region - ask a few local funeral directors if they offer a simple funeral package, the inclusions, and the cost;
  • Check to see if you have a funeral director signed to the Fair Funerals pledge in your area;
  • See more details about planning and discussing your wishes at Down to Earth;
  • Make this choice clear by writing out your funeral wishes - let your family and friends know.
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