Funeral Costs
 

Funeral arrangements can be provided from the simplest to the most  elaborate. We will provide you with full confirmation in writing of the costs involved once we have obtained  specific information regarding your personal requirements.

 

We will make all necessary payments to clergy, cemetery, crematorium, doctors, newspapers and other disbursements as required.

 

Our itemised account will be forwarded approximately ten days after the funeral.

There is no VAT to add to these costs as funeral services are exempt.

 
Traditional Funeral

 

The traditional service comprises the following elements;

 

  • Removal of the deceased to a suitable resting place, allowing 15 running miles within normal working hours.

  • Use of our mortuary facilities and care of the deceased.

  • Use of our Chapel of Rest and basic hygienic care.

  • Taking instructions, making all necessary funeral arrangements and providing professional advice.

  • The preparation and submission of all statutory documentation to the relevant authorities.

  • Various administrative tasks including ordering floral tributes, listing of floral tributes, and placing obituary or acknowledgement notices.

  • Conveyance by motor hearse, leaving from either our premises or a local address, to a local church, local cemetery or local crematorium within 20 miles.

  • Providing the funeral director and all necessary staff.

  • Conveying floral tributes to a local hospital or nursing home following the funeral service.

  

If you would like to discuss our services, please contact us so that we can have a more detailed discussion as to your requirements.  We want you to feel comfortable and at ease – we can visit you in your own home or you can come to one of our funeral offices – whichever is more convenient for you.  Or if you prefer, we can simply talk by telephone or via email.

 

Understanding funeral costs can be confusing.  To assist with this, a full, easy to follow written estimate will be issued upon confirmation of the funeral arrangements.

 

You will find full details of our professional charges on our full price list, together with details of choices of coffins/caskets together with their costs.  In addition to our fees and the coffin cost, there are various third party expenses (disbursements) payable on your behalf. (See below for details)

 

Standardised Pricelist

 

All funeral directors are legally required to publish a price list for a standardised set of products and services. This is to help you think through your options and make choices, and to let you compare prices between different funeral directors (because prices can vary).

Direct Cremation

 

This simplest of all funerals which meets the needs of a growing number of people who desire a respectful committal with minimal attention. Direct cremation is a practical, alternative, and lower-cost option when compared to a traditional funeral service. The Deceased is cremated without any initial service or procession and is suitable only for clients wishing to have a cremation but who do not wish to attend the funeral.  No mourners are permitted to attend the cremation and no music can be played.  A simple cardboard urn is provided for the cremated remains which will be collected from the crematorium and made available for the client to lay to rest:

 

  • Making all necessary funeral arrangements for the cremation.

 

  • Removal of the deceased to a suitable resting place, allowing 10 running miles within normal working hours, storage of the deceased in our mortuary facility and basic temporary preservation treatment

 

  • Provision of a simple foil veneered coffin and conveyance  direct to the Crematorium of our choosing.

 

  • Provision of the necessary staff.

  £1500 + disbursements

 

Disbursements

 

Disbursements are 3rd party costs that are incurred and paid on your behalf. They are added to our charges to give the final funeral account.

 

For example, for a cremation, they may include doctors fees, crematorium fees and officiant fees.

For a burial they may include cemetery fees, church and churchyard fees, officiant, organist, verger and gravedigger.

At present these costs include

Chichester Crematorium (normal service)                                        £1070

Chichester Crematorium (Direct Cremation, no service)                 £499

Doctors fees for Cremation forms                                                        £164

Minister's fee (including travel allowance)                                         £223

Celebrant (average cost)                                                                          £220

Burial disbursements vary from venue to venue, we can advise on all of these on request.

They would be confusing to list in their entirety.

 

Help with funeral payments

If you’re on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you are arranging, you may be able to get a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund.  Your eligibility for a Funeral Payment will depend on the benefits you are receiving, your relationship to the person who has passed away, and any other money, other than your personal savings, that may be available to help with the cost of the funeral.  If successful in your application, the Funeral Payment will be a contribution towards the cost of the funeral rather than meeting the full cost.

 

Further information and application forms can be obtained from the  government’s website www.direct.gov.uk or in person from the nearest Department of Social Security Office:-

 

 

Job Centre Plus                                               Job Centre Plus

Gloucester House                                          5 Southgate

High Street,                                                     Chichester

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