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Burial costs in the UK

How much does a burial cost? Find out what costs are involved when arranging a burial funeral for your loved one.

Burial costs in the UK can vary significantly depending on:

  • Location of the cemetery or burial ground
  • Types of services you choose for the funeral
  • Additional costs including choice of flowers, coffins and a wake


How much does a burial cost?

The average cost of a burial in the UK is £5,000. This comprises burial charges, minister or celebrant fees, and funeral director fees. The average cost of a burial varies throughout England, from £7,883 in London to £4,603 in the East Midlands. The average cost of a burial in Scotland is £5,052, while burial costs in Wales are around £4,602.

The infographic below provides a detailed breakdown of all burial costs and how burial fees vary significantly across the UK.

Burial costs infographic 2020 | Dignity Funerals

Dignity's National Funeral Cost Survey is based on a sample of funeral directors across the UK.

Additional factors that may affect burial costs in the UK

If you choose a burial service for your loved one, the overall cost of the funeral will be determined by who arranges it; whether you arrange the funeral service yourself, or if you wish for a funeral director to arrange it for you.

Our Funeral Directors will be responsible for arranging the funeral, allowing you and your family time to grieve. Their duties include:

  • Bringing your loved one into our care
  • Caring for your loved one in our climate controlled facilities
  • Preparing and transporting the deceased to the cemetery or burial ground on the day of the funeral 

Your Funeral Director will also ensure all of the necessary forms are completed to allow the burial to be conducted. Find out more about what a funeral director does.

When assessing the cost of a burial, it is also worth bearing in mind any optional costs. These can include:

  • Flowers: average cost £184
  • Memorial: average cost £910
  • Catering: average cost £408
  • Limousine hire: average cost £313
  • Venue hire: average cost £245

 

How does the cost of a burial compare to a cremation?

The average cost of a funeral in the UK is £4,271*. On average, the cost for a burial is £5,000, whilst the average cost for a cremation is £3,986. The cost of a funeral will depend on the location, type of service, transport, type of coffin, funeral director fees, and any extras such as flowers and catering for the wake.

The cost of a burial is usually more than the cost of a cremation, as there are more costs involved. The main difference is around the cost of the burial itself, this can cost up to £1,986. The cost of both cremations and burial funerals depend on the location, type of service, transport, type of coffin, funeral director fees, and any extras such as flowers and catering for the wake. Here are some of the key differences between a cremation and a burial.

 

What is the cost of a green funeral or woodland burial?

Burial plots at natural or woodland burial grounds can vary significantly, depending on the site you choose and where you live in the UK. It can cost as little as a few hundred pounds and fluctuate to several thousand.

You may also have to pay an additional interment fee, though these do vary between natural burial grounds. Please remember that the overall cost of a green funeral will depend on what other arrangements you choose to make, such as funeral transport and floral tributes.

Your funeral director will be on hand to talk you through the costs of arranging a woodland burial for a loved one.

 

How can I reduce the cost of a burial?

Consider a simple funeral: Our Simple Funeral offers a complete funeral at a lower cost, without compromising on the quality of the service that is delivered. It includes all of the essentials, including a professional and fully trained Funeral Director to support you every step of the way. The Simple Funeral is available for £1,695 in Scotland or £1,995 throughout the rest of the UK, excluding third party costs.

Consider your optional extras carefully: We understand that the cost of a burial and funeral can cause extra stress at a difficult time. Our experienced and friendly funeral directors will be happy to suggest way of reducing the cost of your burial, from thinking about transport options to catering and everything in between.

Help with paying for funeral and burial costs: If you’re struggling to cover the cost of a funeral, there are options for financial help available, from government support such as the funeral expenses payment to assistance from charities.

 

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