How much does it cost for a cremation in the UK?

How much does it cost for a cremation in the UK?

How much does it cost for a cremation in the UK?

One of the first questions family and friends want to know after a loved one passes away is: “how much will it cost?” Although this can be a difficult question to answer, we will do our best to give you an idea of what cremation services can cost. The price range for cremations in London is between £700 and £8500 – however, most funerals fall within the lower end of that scale. To learn more about how funeral prices are determined and what affects them, read on!

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Direct Cremation Service

Your first step should be to contact local funeral homes in your area for pricing information. A list of those serving your area can be found here: UK Crematoriums . Call around and discuss the available options with them, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Pricing information for the same exact cremation may vary from place to place, so make sure you are getting a quality service at an affordable price.

Once you have consulted with several funeral homes and settled on the package that offers the most value for your budget, take advantage of our free, no obligation quote form to find out how much it will cost to cremate your loved one. We can compare prices with local London companies to ensure you are getting the best deal possible!


When determining how much a Cremation in London could cost, first consider whether the body is being transferred over long distances. If so, costs may increase due to travel fees along with services provided by additional staff members who may travel with the body.

Cremation London: Direct Cremations

The best and most affordable option for a funeral is a direct cremation, sometimes referred to as a simple cremation. A direct cremation requires only the transportation of the deceased from place of death (home, hospital) to the crematorium and then on into the furnace room where it is destroyed by intense heat. This process takes about one hour (although transport time will add an additional hour or two). A large portion of our business comes from people who find they can cope better knowing their loved one has been dealt with respectfully and efficiently, without all the ceremony and pomp used in other types of funerals.

Direct Cremations usually cost between £700and £8500, however the vast majority fall within the lower end of that scale.


Cremation London: Basic Funeral Service

If you want a simple cremation but also desire all or some of the arrangements to be handled for you, then you will need an affordable basic funeral service. The basic funeral service includes transportation to and from our facilities, as well as all crematory fees (aside from an additional fee for Cremation Packages). A basic funeral with services starts around £900* (*price based on direct cremation). You can find out more information about our prices here .

This level is appropriate if your family members are not geographically close by – it would simply involve transferring your loved one’s body to the crematorium and then the cremated remains to a distant location.


Cremation London: Traditional Funeral Service

If you want a cremation service that includes a visitation, funeral, and/or memorial service at our facilities, as well as all other necessary arrangements, then you will need an affordable traditional funeral service. We include options for visitation before or after the funeral (in case family members live too far away to make it to services) as well as assistance with catering for any receptions afterwards. In addition, we also handle all transfers and crematory fees associated with this level of package. A basic traditional funeral package could begin around £1500* (*price based on direct cremation). Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Cremation London: Full Planning Services

For those who wish to plan every detail of their loved one’s cremation, we offer full planning services that include assistance with all necessary arrangements. These may be difficult decisions for some families, however experienced staff members are available around the clock to provide help and support throughout your time of need. The price for this service will vary depending on what you desire – please contact us to get a quote based on your specific situation. We can also provide you with helpful advice if you are looking at costs but aren’t quite ready to make any final decisions about what you want or how much it should cost.

For more general information about pricing our direct cremations in London , please feel free to contact us or call 020 7100 6074. We offer both basic and traditional funeral services, as well as full planning from £830 .

Cremation London: Low Cost Funeral Package

There’s no need to spend a large portion of your savings on a funeral – we provide cost-effective cremations that do not skimp on quality. Our affordable direct cremation packages start at just £830* (*price based on direct cremation). To give you an idea of what this service entails, it includes everything from transportation to the crematorium up until the time the deceased is placed in the furnace room to be destroyed by intense heat. This service takes about one hour (although transport time can add an additional hour or two depending on how far the distance is). You can also choose to have this service provided at one of our local funeral homes if you so desire.

For more information about how much it costs for a cremation in London , please feel free to get in touch with us . We offer low-cost funeral packages that include many features that are generally found in traditional funerals, all for an affordable price.


Cremation London: FAQs About Cremations


Q: How long does a cremation take?

A: This will depend on which type of cremation you or your loved one’s family members want (or can afford) – however most direct cremations only take about 1 hour from start to finish, while full planning services can take up to four hours.

Q: How much does it cost for a cremation in the UK?

A: Prices vary based on what type of service you or your family chooses, including whether or not a traditional funeral service is available and if pre-planning is involved. Traditional funerals may begin at £1500 , while direct cremations start at around £830 . Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how much it costs for a cremation in London .

Q: Can I donate my body for medical research?

A: Yes – at Capital Cremations we will arrange all necessary paperwork for this process. Body donation programs are mostly state funded, which means they offer non monetary compensation, however your loved ones can rest easy knowing that you have helped further the advancement of medicine and science.

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How much does it cost for a cremation in the UK?
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What is the difference between funeral and Cremation?

What is the difference between funeral and Cremation?

Everyone knows what a funeral is. It is the traditional practice of burying human remains in a coffin after death. However, the trend has changed over time with some people opting for cremation instead of burial because it saves money and time while making disposal easier.

What exactly is cremation and how does it differ from a funeral? Let’s take a look at some facts we think we know about them:


Cremations happen after funerals but not all funerals end with cremations. A person can choose to be buried or burnt depending on reaction and preference. Some religions such as Christians believe that bodies should be buried intact till the day of judgment when they will rise one last time; others like Hindus cremate their bodies as part of their religious practices of releasing the spirit of the dead and returning it to its source.

However, there are also many people who opt for cremation because of financial reasons: a burial can cost more than £10, 000 while at cremation is usually between £600 and £1,500 which makes it very attractive to most people regardless of religion or belief. Also, burning the body reduces the chances of decomposing hence reducing the period before burial.

Ceremonies surrounding funerals and cremations differ especially in timing and location. Funerals tend to be held immediately after death has occurred whereas cremations may happen hours or even days after death depending on preference and availability. A funeral service happens in a church (if you’re Christian) or a place of worship, while a cremation usually happens in a crematorium.

Cremation Services In The UK

Both funeral and cremation services vary from company to company in terms of price, location, amenities and more. To make the process easier for you, we have listed a few companies that offer these services with their prices on our website:

  1. Capital Cremations

Is cremation a substitution for a funeral?Cremation is not a substitution for a funeral as people will still mourn and remember their dead. Cremation only changes the process to make it easier on survivors. The body of the deceased is cremated and becomes part of ashes which can be buried or scattered at family’s behest.

What are different types of cremations?


There are two main cremation types: a direct cremation, where a person dies unexpectedly and doesn’t have time to plan anything, and an indirect cremation , where one plans ahead before death happens.

In an indirect cremation, there is usually a ceremony with friends and family present that processes the choice to cremate instead of bury or burn according to religious beliefs. This ceremony serves as closure for those who knew the deceased and to send off the spirit.

In a direct cremation, there is usually no ceremony since death happens unexpectedly and people are not prepared. There may be a time for friends and family to remember the deceased after cremation but it’s usually very short if they don’t have much time or if they can’t make it to the service at all.

What does a funeral/cremation cost?

Funerals and cremations vary greatly in price. Factors that influence price include location of service, type of service (indirect or direct cremation), amenities offered such as embalming and flowers, and whether you choose burial instead of burning your loved one. Most affordable Cremation Service in London – Direct Cremation £830 Total

Capital Cremations provides expert, professional cremation services throughout London. We offer an affordable range of packages to suit your needs, from low cost funerals to direct cremations. Get your free quote today call 020 7100 6074

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Why are cremations/funerals so expensive in the UK?
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Why are cremation/funerals so expensive in the UK?

Why are cremations and funerals so expensive in the UK?

It’s a question which gets asked a lot in the UK. People are understandably shocked at some of the prices currently on offer for funerals and cremations, particularly from some companies who have been caught out ripping people off with high costs and hidden extras.

In this guide we’ll look at why cremation/funerals can be so expensive in the UK, and why it’s so important to shop around for the most affordable options.


What’s included in a cremation or funeral?

Before you start looking at prices it can be helpful to know what you’re paying for with regards to Funerals and Cremations. It may seem obvious but there is more involved than the act of cremation or burying someone.

Here’s what to expect:

A Funeral Director : This is the name for a company who will help you through the process of arranging a funeral , from start to end. Most people think these are interchangeable with a Coroner but they’re not. The two may work together, but a coroner’s job is to establish the cause of death, and a funeral director’s role is to deal with the deceased, their family and friends.

A Funeral Director will usually have a network of local offices or be part of a national company who can do everything from help you find the cheapest crematorium , deliver flowers, transport the coffin and arrange catering for the wake.

A Crematorium : A crematorium is a place where you’ll take your loved one to say goodbye and, if you like, scatter the ashes or keep them at home. Some crematoria provide monuments for this purpose but these can cost up to £2000 . Most people prefer to use beach stones or simple urns instead.

A Grave- or Cemetery – Care Company : If you don’t want to tend your loved ones grave yourself, you’ll pay for this service to be carried out by a dedicated company, who will visit regularly and keep the area tidy at an average price of £100 per annum .

If you have the cash available it’s possible to pay for your own grave and save this cost, or buy a family crypt and use that instead.

Additional Options

Catering : After the funeral director has taken his cut (more on that later), you’re left with a percentage of the total fee to cover catering at the wake . Expect to pay around £500 for 100 people, with prices going down with larger numbers.

Flowers : Most people send flowers to the wake, with the average cost being £50 . If you want to save money on flowers there are alternatives -we’ll cover these in more detail later in this guide.

Home Visit : Some funeral directors will visit your family at home to deliver the death certificate and discuss their plans for the funeral. This is more common with less traditional services, where it’s harder to plan in advance . A typical home visit costs around £75 plus travel expenses.

Pallbearers : These are members of the deceased’s family and friends who will carry the coffin at the funeral. Expect to pay around £50 each.

Viewing : Also known as the wake , this is when friends, family and others can pay their respects to the deceased at a set location. At crematoria it’s usually in the chapel of rest , while funeral homes will provide facilities for viewing too.

You’re unlikely to need any flowers or catering here unless you have a particularly large number of attendees, but it’s a good idea to add 10% on top of your catering estimate for this .

The deceased : You may think that the cost of the service you’re buying should cover the cost of the coffin; however, you’ll find after taking out costs like travel to and from the back and flowers that there is very little left over.

The cheapest coffin you can buy in the UK is around £100 , but this is likely to be made from chipboard, which may not satisfy religious or personal preferences. The average cost of a coffin is closer to £2000 . If money is tight, there are ways to make your own – again, we’ll cover these later in theguide.

Cremation Services fees 

Services fees : In addition to costs above, you’re going to have to pay a fee for the funeral director’s services too . This ranges from 5% for a direct cremation service with minimal facilities, up to 25 -30% for a full traditional funeral . If your family is low on cash or doesn’t want a fuss made, you might want to look at other options.

Cremation or Burial : If your budget is very limited, it may be worth having a direct cremation service with no ceremony – this means that there will be less for the Funeral Director’s to do, so they’ll have lower fees . It also saves on costs like flowers and catering, and there is generally no need for a service at the crematorium either.

DIY Funerals: Although you can’t conduct a funeral without a Death Certificate, it’s perfectly legal to arrange and carry out your own funeral . This includes buying the coffin and taking care of the flowers yourself , as well as organizing catering (although this can be harder to do in practice).

DIY funerals are becoming increasingly popular, and could save you hundreds of pounds . If you’ve ever thought about arranging your own funeral it’s definitely worth considering.


How much does cremation cost?

Why are cremations and funerals so expensive in the UK? Cremation is an increasingly popular choice in the UK, with around half of all funerals now opting for cremation rather than burial. Cremations are far less expensive than burials, though this is somewhat offset by fees associated with arranging a cremation (costs can be up to £800). The cost of cremations tends to vary according to where in the UK you are, with prices averaging somewhere between £350-£850.

Cremation services in the UK do not charge by weight, but they will consider how big or heavy a body is when calculating their prices. Cremation rates are based on the size of your casket plus your choice of cremation urn or casket.

Here are some cremation costs for the UK’s most popular cities, as of 2019:

Birmingham – £681* Belfast – £718* Brighton and Hove – £739 Bristol – £849 Cambridge – £805 Cardiff – £765 Coventry – £685 Derby / Leicester / Nottingham /Sheffield – £734 Hull – £650 Leeds – £690 Liverpool – £759* London (North / South / City) – £755 Manchester – £695 Newcastle upon Tyne – £655 Norwich / Ipswich / Chelmsford / Peterborough / Luton/Southend-on-Sea – £682 Plymouth, Torbay andExeter – £749 Portsmouth and Southampton- £747 Salford – Stockport – £667 Wakefield / Wigan – £660

*An additional fee of around £720 will be charged if a cremation is to take place on a Saturday or Sunday.

Cremations in London can cost up to several thousand pounds, depending on the time and day of the service.

An “urgent” cremation – one that takes place within two days of a person’s death, as opposed to a standard ceremony – will cost £815* in Birmingham, compared to £1,365* in London. In Manchester it costs £805*, while in Liverpool you would pay around£755*.

The cheapest cremations in the UK are found in Belfast, where a standard service will cost £718* or an urgent one just £650*

A full funeral package including hearse, ceremony and burial plot can come to more than £10,000 – sometimes much more.

Why are cremations and funerals so expensive in the UK?

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