A traditional funeral assumption has been that the more you spend, the better respect you are showing your loved one. But times have moved on. To spend wisely does not cheapen a funeral. Whether you have many people to consider, or just a handful of nearest and dearest – it is how you say goodbye, in your own unique way that matters.
If you need to organise a funeral on a budget in London, then White Rose Modern Funerals can help you. A low cost funeral will save you money, but you can still make it a personal, dignified and respectful event.
London is normally one of the most expensive locations in the UK for funerals. The average cost of a cremation in London is over £4,000 and burials can easily cost over £7,000. However, there are ways to get a far cheaper funeral if you are prepared to go without some of the bells and whistles that a traditional high street funeral director may normally provide.
So how can you save money on funeral costs in London?
A cremation funeral costs less than a burial because you don’t have to pay for a cemetery plot or memorial headstone. Cremations account for around 80% of funerals in the UK.
At White Rose Modern Funerals, we provide No Fuss Funerals from just £950 (plus disbursements) for a non-attended low cost direct cremation and £1,350 (plus disbursements) for an attended simple cremation.
Our ethos is to help you minimise costs that may be seen as unnecessary, whilst still ensuring that the funeral is respectful, dignified and personal.
Here are 12 ways you can reduce funeral costs in London:
- Instead of hiring a fleet of limousines to transport family and friends to the crematorium, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask them to use their own vehicles
- Choose a basic coffin rather than one that is very elaborate – if you have a cremation, the coffin will only be on show for around half an hour or so
- Do not have the body embalmed – there’s normally no need for this
- Compare crematorium costs, crematoria publish their prices online and you don’t have to use your nearest crematorium
- Book an early morning weekday slot at the crematorium – these are far cheaper than other times of day and weekends
- The coffin doesn’t necessarily need to be transported in a gleaming black hearse – it could be taken to the crematorium in a smart, private ambulance in advance
- Ask if friends and family are able to carry the coffin rather than paying for pallbearers
- Do without elaborate and expensive wreaths or custom-made floral decorations, just buy regular bouquets from a florist
- Consider the option of having the service led by a family member rather than officiated by a vicar or celebrant
- Rather than hiring an expensive venue and catering for the reception, could you host it at home or in a smart but inexpensive pub?
- Instead of paying for the ashes to be interred or scattered at the crematorium, you can arrange your own scattering of ashes at a location of your choice (there are very few rules about this if you choose a public place – if you plan to scatter ashes on private land, be sure to obtain permission from the landowner)
- You may be able to get a Bereavement Support Payment from the government – or if the person who died had savings, the Executor can arrange for the funeral costs to be paid from their estate
When a loved one dies, you may have ideas that you want help with, or feel too numb to have any ideas at all. Our approach is to give you a simple starting point – No Fuss or Personalised – and the flexibility to explore what is right for you. We also help to minimise unnecessary costs – there are elements to a funeral that you may not want or need.
Our No Fuss funerals are for when a family does not want a full service, preferring a private, personal way to say goodbye. We create a soft environment at the crematorium for just immediate family. Mugs of tea, your choice of music, a favourite photo, simple flowers and just a quiet time to reflect. Some families choose to have no service – separating the cremation process from a later ceremony held elsewhere.
And our Personalised Funerals are bespoke to what a family wants. A recent family built their own boat coffin for their sea loving pops! It was a unique, moving goodbye. At your time of need, we visit you at your home, or you can meet at our private office by appointment. Do call us, we’d love to help.
If you have any questions regarding organising a low cost funeral in Teddington, Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames or South West London – or to arrange a direct or simple cremation – please call White Rose Modern Funerals on 020 3281 1045 and we will be happy to help. We can arrange a home visit to discuss the options and explain exactly how it works.