Golden Leaves direct cremation review

  • Only company to offer monthly payment options with immediate cover
  • Includes 24 hour collection, anywhere in mainland UK
  • Regional crematoriums means closer to home & family when the time comes
  • No doctors fees to pay - potentially saving a further £164*
  • National coverage from a well established company
Updated 27th June 2022

Who is Golden Leaves?

Golden Leaves was founded in 1984, although its roots go back to 1875. They helped shape the regulatory body the Funeral Planning Authority and are one of the few companies to offer funeral planning services both in the UK and Europe.

As founding members of the National Association for Pre-paid Funeral Plans, Golden Leaves is the only independent funeral planning company to hold the BSI IS0:9001, the world’s widely adopted quality business excellence standard and management system.

What direct cremation plans do they offer?

All the services included in the Golden Leaves Copper Plan for a direct cremation are completely guaranteed. This includes

  • The services of a Funeral Director
  • Help and guidance on registration and documentation
  • Collection 24 hours a day from anywhere in mainland UK
  • Care of deceased prior to funeral
  • Simple coffin
  • Guaranteed cremation and doctor’s fees
  • Provision of a simple Urn
  • Ashes returned to family by private driver or scattered in Garden of Remembrance at the Crematorium

Payment Options

Pay in one go or over 12 months

The cheapest way to pay for your Golden Leaves direct cremation funeral plan is either with a single payment, or over 12 months as you won’t incur any additional fees.

The unique new Golden Leaves direct cremation monthly payment plan

With the new Golden Leaves direct cremation monthly payment plan, you are fully guaranteed for the plan benefits immediately. You just pay a deposit of £49 and are covered straight away with no waiting period.

For example: If you took out a monthly plan over 5 years, paid your £49 and died the following week, your family would receive the full benefit of the plan with nothing more to pay for the services included.

Instalments start from £23.28 a month, with payment options ranging from 1 to 8 years.

This direct cremation monthly payment option with immediate cover is completely unique to Golden Leaves and not offered by any other plan provider. 

Payment term Monthly payment Total cost
12 months £120.50 £1,495
24 months £68.27 £1,638
36 months £47.70 £1,717
60 months £31.94 £1,916
96 months £23.28 £2,235

Will there be more for my family to pay when the time comes?

All of the services included in the plan are completely guaranteed. That means there will be nothing more to pay for collection, the cremation, doctor’s fees or return of the ashes.

How can I be sure my money is safe?

When you buy a Golden Leaves Direct Cremation funeral plan your money is held in the Golden Leaves Trust fund which is a completely separate entity. Therefore if anything were to happen to Golden Leaves, the trust fund with your money in it remains intact and ready to pay for your direct cremation funeral services.

In addition Golden Leaves are registered with and regulated by the Funeral Planning Authority so have had to demonstrate that they abide by their rules and strict code of conduct.

Can I cancel the plan?

All Golden Leaves plans come with a 30 day ‘cooling off’ period which gives you the chance to review all of the details and if you change your mind, you receive a full refund.

If you cancel after this period you would receive your money back minus 20% of the total value of the plan.

What happens if I move address?

If you move, the plan moves with you; you just need to let Golden Leaves know your new address.

Golden Leaves reviews

Golden Leaves achieve an excellent rating on Trustpilot, one of the UKs leading independent review websites with over 2,211 reviews from their customers awarding them an average score of 4.7 out of 5

Our Golden Leaves direct cremation review verdict

Golden Leaves is a long established funeral services provider that is registered and regulated by the Funeral Planning Authority, which means you can be reassured of the service they offer.

Their cremation only Copper Plan is one of the cheapest available, fully guarantees all the services included in the plan and offers a more regional service as crematoriums are located throughout the UK.

As plans from other providers can be more expensive or charge extra for services such as collection out of hours, collection from home or doctors fees, the Golden Leaves direct cremation plan is worth considering if you are looking for a simple, dignified cremation only funeral.

In addition, the unique monthly payment option provides immediate cover for a deposit of just £49. Other plan providers have a waiting period of at least 12 months, so this new monthly payment option could help those wanting immediate cover whilst keeping costs down.

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