190 Front Street
Chester-le-Street DH3 3AZ
GB

The Simple Funeral

The Simple Funeral offers our usual high standards of funeral care and a dignified send off, with a fixed range of options for you to choose from.

Whether you want a burial or a cremation for your loved one, our Simple Funeral allows you to say your final goodbye in the way you choose. Giving you the option of a service at the place of committal, The Simple Funeral is a suitable choice if you are able to be a little flexible when it comes to choosing the date, time and any additional extras for your loved one's farewell.

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The Simple Funeral by Derek Moss Funeral Directors

Our Service to You

We have a professional team of funeral experts ready to help during this difficult time, ensuring you are not alone when it comes to making important decisions.

We will explain all aspects of The Simple Funeral, detailing what your options are and where a limit to the choices may apply. This is in order to ensure the arrangements are in keeping with your wishes, and you are satisfied with how the funeral will go ahead. As part of our service to you, we will also organise the preparation, collection and distribution of the relevant documentation, as well as manage payment of the third party costs required for the funeral to proceed.

Throughout the time your loved one is in our care, they will be treated with respect and consideration at all times, resting in our climate-controlled mortuary. You will be able to visit them in our peaceful and private chapel of rest at a pre-agreed time.

The price includes a basic coffin with lining and fittings.

Estimated Funeral Cost

Cost for cremation only. For information on burials, please call us.

  • Simple Funeral£1,995
  • (Includes our Park Coffin)
  • Plus estimated third party costs for cost of cremation and attendance of a celebrant or minister£1,032
  • Total estimated cost excluding optional extras£3,027

The Simple Funeral at a Glance:

  • A choice of cremation or burial with an optional service at the place of committal at a mutually agreed time and date for an additional fee
  • The suitable option if you have some flexibility when it comes to the date, time and selecting additional services
  • Your loved one will be brought into our care by our highly-trained and professional team, using specialist vehicles and equipment
  • Personal, face-to-face guidance at every stage of the arrangement process
  • A complimentary online Funeral Notice, informing friends and family of the service and commemorating the life of your loved one
  • Price includes a basic coffin, with lining and fittings
  • We will liaise with the all necessary third parties on your behalf
  • An appointed funeral expert will provide support throughout, directing and ensuring the funeral runs smoothly on the day
  • SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER

    • The procession begins at our funeral home and travels directly to the place of committal
    • There is no option for an alternative service venue
    • Your choices for the date and time of the funeral may be limited
    • Personalisation is also limited, in comparison to The Full Service Funeral

Alternative Choices

Uncertain whether The Simple Funeral is the right option for you? See our alternative funeral services below:

Service Details

Find out more about a Simple Funeral and what it entails:

Our Service

Our Service

Our Simple Funeral provides you with a lower cost funeral, carried out with the same care and attention to detail we apply to everything we do. It is the ideal option if you expect no compromise on the quality and the standard of service, but don't mind a little flexibility when it comes to personalisation.



Your loved one will be looked after in the premium facilities of our funeral home, with one of our professional arrangers on hand to support and take care of you. With the funeral taking place at a mutually agreed time and date, subject to availability, a funeral director, chauffer-driven hearse and pallbearers will be there on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly.

To find out more about our Simple Funeral, call our funeral home on
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Our Park Coffin

Included in the price of the funeral service, your loved one will be laid out in our Park Coffin, which combines quality with a classic, no-frills aesthetic.

Covered in a black oak effect foil veneer, complete with a glossy satin finish, this coffin has a flat lid and matching black plastic handles. The lined interior is fitted with a pillow and white taffeta frill.

Our Hearses

As the vehicle that will bear your loved one to their final resting place, the hearse is the focal point of the funeral cortege. For that reason alone, we ensure that our hearses run smoothly and are of the highest standard in appearance.

We will provide one of our chauffeur-driven hearses to carry the coffin to the funeral service, crematorium or place of committal. Depending upon the type of service you choose, we can personalise the route of this final journey to take in locations that, during life, may have had a specific meaning to your loved one.

A motorised hearse is included in the price of the funeral, but we also have the capacity, at an additional cost, to offer horse-drawn hearses, along with a range of alternative carriages. Popular choices include campervans, motorcycles and fire engines. To find out more, speak to one of the team at Derek Moss Funeral Directors.
Our Range of Urns

Our Range of Urns

From the traditional to the contemporary, through to the eco friendly, the cremation urns within our range provide a decorative and respectful choice for keeping your loved one's ashes safe. Take a look at the urns and scatter tubes we have to offer.

Natural Ashes Containers

Environmentally-friendly ashes containers made to the highest standards from sustainable and biodegradable materials.
Bamboo Ashes Container from our Natural Ashes Containers collection
Bamboo Ashes Container
Cost
£110
Woven Willow Ashes Container from our Natural Ashes Containers collection
Willow Ashes Container
Cost
£131

Picture Urns

For a more contemporary look, our picture urns can offer a personalised touch, with a range of designs that can be chosen to match the coffin. Printed directly onto the wood for the highest quality finish.
Fishing Scene from our Picture Urns collection
Fishing
Cost
£162
Footballs from our Picture Urns collection
Footballs
Cost
£162
Golf Scene from our Picture Urns collection
Golf
Cost
£162
Lily Scene from our Picture Urns collection
Lily
Cost
£162
Manhanttan Scene from our Picture Urns collection
Manhanttan
Cost
£162
Motorcycle from our Picture Urns collection
Motorcycle
Cost
£162
Poppy Scene from our Picture Urns collection
Poppy
Cost
£162
Summer Garden Scene from our Picture Urns collection
Summer Garden
Cost
£162
Seashore Scene from our Picture Urns collection
Seashore
Cost
£162

Scatter Tubes

Made from 90% recycled materials and available in a range of appealing designs, our scatter tubes are suitable for the use of scattering ashes, burying in the ground, or as a simple keepsake to remember your loved one by.
Scatter Tube Large Options
Scatter Tube Large
Cost
£59
Small Scatter Tube Options
Scatter Tube Small
Cost
£39

Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket

A selection of traditionally-designed urns and caskets, providing a dignified final resting place for your loved one's ashes.
The Riverside from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
The Riverside
Cost
£115
The Richmond from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
The Richmond
Cost
£241
Aluminium Urn from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
Aluminium Urn
Cost
£66
Child's Mahogany from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
Child's Mahogany
Cost
£57
Child's White from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
Child's White
Cost
£59
The Dorchester from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
The Dorchester
Cost
£145
The Imperial from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
The Imperial
Cost
£324
The Mardale from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
The Mardale
Cost
£176
The Wessex from our Traditional Urns and Ashes Casket collection
The Wessex
Cost
£88

Additional Services

We are always available to discuss any of the additional services, along with their corresponding fees, that are listed here. You can visit our Chester Le Street funeral home or, alternatively, call us on
to find out more. It is also possible to add in further options, such as floral tributes and memorials, which you can discuss with our funeral arranger or read more about below.
  • Our Embalming Service£150
  • Bringing the person who has died into care outside of normal office hours£195
  • Removal of pacemakerPOA
  • Delivery of ashes within a 20 mile radius of our premises£50
  • Additional mileage charge for the delivery of ashes beyond a 20 mile radius from our premises£0.50 (per mile)

Essential Third Party Costs

Additional costs need to be paid to various third parties in order for The Simple Funeral to take place. Find out what these are and why they are necessary:

Overview

Overview

We will help you create a dignified and personalised funeral.

Although our prices include all that we do to ensure you and your loved one receive the greatest of care, there are also third party costs, which are supplementary to the overall price.

Known as disbursements, these may include fees that are payable to the crematorium, the doctor and to the minister or celebrant. The payment of these external costs will be managed by us, along with the coordination of all the documents required to legally allow your loved one's funeral to proceed. Details of the third party costs are included upon your invoice.

Select a tab to find out more about some common disbursements. For information regarding the third party costs for a burial, call us on
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Example Third Party Costs

  • Crematorium Cost£670
  • Doctors Fees£164
  • Minister Fee£198
  • Total essential third party costs£1,032

Crematoria Costs

When the time comes to say goodbye, it is important that you can remember your loved one, surrounded by family and friends, in a peaceful and reflective setting. If you do not currently have a preference for a crematorium in which to hold the service, the closest three are shown below. You can make your selection based on the allotted time offered, so you can be sure you have long enough to celebrate your loved one's life, and the seating capacity at the crematorium. We have listed the costs, length of service (includes time to enter and leave the crematorium), and seating availability, along with location and distance, so you can make an informed choice. If you wish to discuss a burial, please call us on
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Data is correct as of May 2019. If any of the details above need to be updated, please email us at insight@dignityuk.co.uk.

Doctor's Fees

In the majority of cases, for a cremation to go ahead, it is necessary to obtain two certificates, each signed by a different doctor and confirming the cause of death. The doctors will charge a fee for this service, totalling £164 for the two certificates.

There are occasions when the two certificates are not needed, for instance if a coroner has reviewed the circumstances of your loved one's passing, but most of the time they are a legal requirement.

Although the doctor's fees are not included in the price, we will arrange for the payment of this third party cost, along with ensuring the documentation is present and correct, as part of our service to you.

Minister or Celebrant

The cremation service will usually be taken by a funeral celebrant or a minister. They will address the congregation and, if requested, provide a eulogy to your loved one. Costs can vary, but as a reference we have listed the fee for a Church of England minister, which is £198.

We can offer guidance on choosing a suitable minister or celebrant to preside over your loved one's funeral service, but you are equally welcome to use somebody you already have a preference for.

Popular choices to lead a cremation service are:


  • Religious leaders

  • Civil celebrants

  • Humanist celebrants

  • Friends or members of the family