How much does direct cremation cost?
A prepaid direct cremation plan costs between £1,495 to £1,900, depending on the company you choose. Compared to today’s average cost of more than £4,000 for a traditional funeral service, direct cremation is therefore a substantially cheaper option at less than half the price.
|Type of funeral
|| Average cost
|Direct Cremation Plan
||Collection of deceased, a simple coffin, no service & return of ashes
|Basic Cremation Plan
||Collection of deceased, a basic coffin, a service, hearse & return of ashes
|Mid-range Cremation Plan
||Collection of deceased, family viewing, quality coffin, a service, hearse & a car for the family, return of ashes
|Top range Cremation Plan
||Collection of deceased, family viewing, top range coffin, a service, hearse & 2 cars for the family, return of ashes
|Average cost of a funeral
||Sunlife cost of dying report 2018
Most plan providers give you the option to pay in full or by instalments for those who wish to spread the cost, however you will pay a little more for this option.
It’s worth pointing out that as the services included in prepaid plans vary, it is important not only to look at the cost of the direct cremation plan but also the guarantees.
The cost of direct cremation for someone who has already passed away will be different. For what is known as an ‘at need ‘ service, prices start from around £1,200 however this is for a basic service and you may be charged extra for things like collection from home or out of hours.