Nobody likes to think about the prospect of dying. But, the fact is that it will inevitably happen to all of us one day, so it should be spoken about a lot more especially with close family members and friends. And, one of the most important things to consider when discussing death is the funeral service and the associated costs that come with them. We all know that the average funeral cost in the United Kingdom now stands at over £4,200. However, the cost of a funeral service will depend on its location, the type of ceremony, funeral director fees, type of coffin, and any other extras such as photography, catering or floral tributes. However, a funeral director can help advise you with the many aspects of funeral arrangements. But, what is included in their fees? Keep on reading this article to find out.
These fees can vary quite a bit from one funeral director to another. So, it’s always a good idea to get more than one quote to compare the different fees and what services are included. Typically, in the United Kingdom, a funeral director fees will cover the following things.
- Overseeing the arrangements before, during the service and after it has taken place.
- Being there on the day to supervise the funeral and direct all those attending the service. This can include leading those present into the service and helping them to their sitting.
- Personal contact and communication to discuss your personal circumstances and individual requirements. This can be either at the funeral directors’ place of location or in the comfort of your home.
- Caring for and preparing your loved one for the funeral service. This can include making sure that they are wearing their favourite brand of make up or wearing a piece of their favourite clothing,
- Providing chapel of rest so you and your friends and family can visit your loved one before the funeral. It can be a daunting and emotional experience when visiting a chapel of rest. But, it doesn’t mean that you have to go alone. If your close friends and family are unable to go with you, then a good funeral director can be present to comfort you if needed.
- Helping organise all of the required documentation that is needed for the funeral to proceed legally. This can include obtaining the death certificate.
- A funeral directors fees will generally include a coffin or casket. If you are unsure of what the best type or design is then they can provide you with the advice you need to make a decision.
- Providing a group of pallbearers to carry the coffin or casket. However, if yourself, a family member or close friend want to also carry your loved one’s coffin or casket into the funeral service, then this is possible by requesting it with your funeral director.
- Providing a hearse and necessary team. However, if you do require limousines as part of your loved one’s request, then they will be more than happy to help source these additional vehicles on your behalf at an extra cost.
- Helping to organise additional extras such as floral tributes, music and catering. When choosing additional extras, many people are unaware of certain things like the traditional meanings of floral tributes, what funeral poems means and loads more. If you find yourself a little bit confused, then a funeral director will be more than happy to help you.
What About Repatriation?
Additional costs will need to be factored into the funeral planning process such as repatriation if the service is going to be taking place overseas. However, these type of costs are extremely difficult to predict as the paperwork and procedures can vary between the United Kingdom and the destination country. Those who are looking to hold a funeral service overseas generally go to a funeral director that specialises in repatriations.