How Much is a Funeral Director

The cost of a basic funeral

Funerals can be expensive. According to Sunlife’s Cost of Dying Report, the average cost of a basic funeral in the UK in 2022 was £4,056. This can vary considerably depending on the location (the cost is substantially higher in London) and the type of service.

By the time you have accounted for other possible expenses, such as flowers, coffin, the post-funeral gathering and fees for hiring someone to administer the estate, the total ‘cost of dying’ can often double.

Although there is no legal requirement to do so, the majority of people appoint a funeral director to arrange, co-ordinate and oversee most aspects of a funeral. How much you wish them to take care of, and consequently their total costs and fees, is up to you. Some people choose a funeral director to just take care of the legal and more unfamiliar tasks (such as the collecting and storing of the body) and then organise transport, flowers, music, and production of the order of service, etc themselves.

Legal requirement to display prices

Funeral directors and crematorium operators must display a Standardised Price List at their premises and on their website. This must include:

  • The headline price of the attended funeral and unattended funeral (where offered by the funeral director).
  • The price of the individual items comprising the attended funeral.
  • The price of certain additional products and services.

They must also provide customers with details of any deposit requirements, payment options and charges that they may apply to late payments.

Products and services a funeral director may provide

Here are some of the items your funeral director’s costs and fees may cover:

  • the collection, caring, preparation and timely delivery of the body to the chapel or crematorium (or chosen location for the service)
  • completion of all necessary paperwork
  • assistance, guidance and support
  • recommendation and appointing of a suitable officiant (for example, a celebrant or priest)
  • advice on location for the service and/or local crematoria
  • coffin 
  • transport
  • flowers
  • pallbearers
  • organist fee
  • musicians or choir
  • order of service
  • collection of the cremated remains (where relevant)
  • collection and co-ordination of any charitable donations
  • disbursements (payments made on your behalf, for example to two doctors for the completion of the cremation certificate, where relevant; the cremation or burial fee; the officiants fee; any other items provided by the funeral director)

The whiteballoon Planning a funeral checklist and a printout of your Ideas Folder can be taken along as a reminder of questions to ask and any choices you have already made.

Researching items in advance

If you would like to research some of the items in advance, please visit the Providers section of whiteballoon or use the search bar above. For ideas and inspiration, please go to Inspiration or view the many beautiful photos on our Inspiration Wall.

Budget Planner in our Planning Tools section can help you to keep track of costs. Please note that you will need to register to use this free facility.

For more information about the cost of burial and cremation, and for ideas on ways to keep costs down, please see whiteballoon Costs & Financial Support.

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