During the funeral arrangement meeting, we will walk you through all our costs and third party fees (disbursements) attached to the funeral. You will not be rushed or hurried, everything will be explained at a pace you are comfortable with and there will be ample opportunity for you to ask questions.
At the end of the funeral arrangement meeting, the person who is responsible for the funeral and arrangements (the Client), will be given a full, written estimate to take away. This will allow the Client the time and space to consider all the costs and arrangements as discussed.
The account is divided into three separate parts:
- Professional (funeral parlour) fees
- Disbursements (third party fees)
- Coffin or casket
Professional Fees Explained
Our charges are comprised of professional fees and overhead costs which cover the provision of:
- 24 hour, 365 day duty call rota
- Professional funeral arrangement service and administration
- The administration of statutory and non-statutory documentation
- All necessary visits and attendance's
- The conveyance of the deceased person to our private chapel/rest facilities
- Use of the private chapel/rest facilities until the day of the funeral
Disbursements are fees that we pay out for third party goods or services, on behalf of the Client.
Goods and services may include doctors fees, local authority (cemetery or crematoria) fees, minister of religion or celebrant fees, newspaper announcements, printing, floral tributes and catering.
Our written estimate will detail the approximate cost of any disbursements. However, although we are as accurate as possible with disbursements, we have no direct control over these charges and there may be some slight variations from the estimate.
We request that disbursements are paid in advance of the funeral, by way of a deposit.
Coffin or Casket Explained
Coffin or casket charges are for the coffin/casket that you select. The cost of the coffin or casket, will include the gown and lining etc. the details of which will be discussed during the arrangement meeting.
The balance of the funeral account may be made in the following ways:
- BACS transfer
- Bankers draft
- Debit card
- Credit card (credit card fee will be applied)
- Funeral finance (ask us for further information)
In certain circumstances, the next-of-kin may receive help with the cost of the funeral from the Social Fund (claims must be made within three months of death), charities or other providers of financial help and assistance.
Please do ask us for further information on Death Benefits.