Funeral Costs in the UK: The Lowdown

Jan. 30, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

There are over 600,000 funerals taking place each year in the UK - it’s no wonder why dying can be such a costly business! With that in mind, we decided to do a little homework on the ins and outs of funeral costs. The results, we discovered, were very interesting indeed…

Average cost of a funeral in the Uk

The average cost of a funeral in the UK was £4,078 in 2017, an increase of 4.7% compared to 2016 and an increase of 70% in the last decade!

Elsewhere in the world

  • Tokyo, Japan: £15,199

  • New York City, USA: £4,923

  • Johannesburg, South Africa: £2,324

  • Moscow, Russia: £594

  • Mexico City, Mexico: £451

Breakdown of average funeral costs in the UK

Coffin: £275 - £1,500

Moving deceased to Chapel of Rest: £99

Hearse & chauffeur: £315

Minister / celebrant / officiate fee: £148

Cremation fee: £660

Cremation urn: £200

Optional ash plot: £450

Burial plot: £280 - £5,000+

Gravedigging fee: £150 - £1,734

Embalming costs: £136 - £165

Church service: £98

Catering / wake costs: £397

Some of the reasons for the rise in funeral costs

  • Wage increases for crematorium staff and local authority employees

  • Increasing funeral director prices

  • Shortage of land for burials

  • Lack of space for graves

  • Cuts to local authority budgets

Average cost of the actual sendoff

When we say ‘send-off’ we mean the memorial, wake and flowers - so this doesn’t include the burial or cremation fees. This figure has actually gone down from £2,000 in 2015 to £1,928 in 2017. One of the main reasons for this is that it’s one of the only big costs that loved ones can control! People are also starting to realise they can personalise their own wakes – you can hold them in your favourite bar, a beautiful park or even on the beach! Why not start off by planning the perfect way to celebrate your life by creating your very own plan on huunuu

Lowest cost funeral in the UK

Direct cremation, at a national average of £1,835, is the least costly way for disposition. If you’re lucky enough to live in the North West, the average cost is £1,454. But the most expensive direct cremation is, quite unsurprisingly, London at £2,463. A direct cremation is where the body is cremated before the memorial service in a more basic container. Family and friends can then hold a memorial service later on for their loved one.

Highgate Cemetary


Most expensive place to be buried in the UK

Of course, London is home to the most expensive place to be buried - Highgate in particular! At a whopping £18,325 - this costly package includes a £1,850 ‘digging fee.’ Perhaps gravedigging is the career to choose if you’re looking for a high income…

Boa Omagh gravestone


Cheapest place to be buried in the UK

Northern Ireland is the place to be if you have your heart set on a burial but you’re a little strapped for cash. If you’re a resident of the Fermanagh and Omagh district you can expect to pay £261 all-in for your burial plot and digging fees.

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