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How much does a funeral cost?

Author : Jessica Hanson

Date Published : 12/17/2018 2:16:10 PM

The average cost of a funeral in the UK was £4,271 in 2018, according to the Cost of Dying report 2018. That was a 4.7% increase compared to 2017.

The average cost of a burial is £4,798 and the average cost of a cremation £3,744.

When trying to estimate funeral expenses, remember that there is a great variation between different areas in the UK. This is due to a number of factors, including the prices of private crematoria, availability of burial plots and differences in Funeral Director fees.

For example, the average cost of a funeral in London is £5,880, while in Northern Ireland the average is £3,231.

If your loved one bought a pre-paid funeral plan, the key part of the funeral expenses will be taken care of. With an Avalon funeral plan, the Funeral Director fees will already be paid for and there may also be an allowance for third-party costs such as cremation fees, depending on the plan they bought. You can ask the nominated Funeral Director for more information.

Funeral costs breakdown

According to the Cost of Dying report, the average cost of a funeral includes:

  • £2,595 on average spent on Funeral Director fees
  • £2,174 on average spent on burial, or
  • £832 on average for cremation fees
  • £164 on Doctor’s fees (excluding Scotland)
  • £159 on average for Minister or Celebrant’s fees

There will also be other funeral expenses to take care of. These extras, sometimes called ‘discretionary spend’, are optional and will vary widely depending on what you choose. The average total cost of discretionary spend was £2,061 in 2018. This might include:

  • £362 on average for catering
  • £264 on average for limo hire
  • £210 on average for venue hire
  • £171 on average for flowers
  • £82 on average for order sheets or service cards
  • £76 on average for a funeral notice or death notice

Find out how to pay for a funeral and find help with funeral costs.