Every funeral that we arrange is unique and so the cost of a funeral service is dependent on the choices that you make. Burials for example are typically more expensive than cremations.
Our prices have always been and remain amongst the most competitive of any local funeral director. We have an unrivalled reputation for offering a value for money service without compromising on quality or care. Find out more about our 'price promise' by clicking here.
Funeral costs are made up of two separate parts - Funeral Director 'professional services' and 'disbursements' (fees paid to third parties over which the Funeral Director has no control - crematoria fees, burial fees, doctor fees, minister fees etc.) Although disbursement costs should be the same regardless of the Funeral Director you choose, we are aware that charges made by Funeral Directors in the areas that we serve vary considerably. Our own price comparisons have shown that some local Funeral Directors charge in excess of £800 more for a comparable funeral with no noticeable difference in the level of care, service or attention to detail than we ourselves offer. We would therefore always encourage people to ask about Funeral Director charges before making funeral arrangements.
At the time of arranging a funeral you will receive a fully itemised written estimate. The costs of a funeral are made up of the following:
Professional services - This includes supervision of all the arrangements preceding, during and following the service, liaison with third parties, such as ministers, crematorium, cemetery and florists, use of our Chapel of Rests, preparing and attending to all essential documentation and provision of funeral staff to provide a highly personal and dignified service.
These costs also include bringing your loved one into our care, your chosen coffin, presentation of the deceased, embalming (if required,) provision of a hearse and additional limousines (if required,) as well as funeral conductor and bearers for the service itself. In addition may be ancillary costs for items such as order of service sheets, cremated remains casket etc.
Disbursements - Third-party costs incurred for crematoria and/or cemetery, minister or celebrant, doctors, florist, newspaper notices etc.
Paying for a funeral
Typically you will receive a fully itemised invoice 7-10 days from the funeral taking place, with payment requested within 30 days of the funeral date.
You may be able to apply for a Social Fund Funeral Payment to help with funeral costs and we have information on who may be eligible and how to make a claim. Payment can only be authorised by the Department of Work and Pensions who can be contacted at www.dwp.gov.uk.
A Funeral Payment claim form (SF200) may be obtained from a Jobcentre Plus office or by calling the DWP Bereavement Service helpline (available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm):
Telephone: 0345 606 0265
The claim form – which comes with notes and details of where to send it – can also be downloaded here.
Please remember that you are personally liable for any amount in excess of the agreed payment by the Department of Social Security (DWP), or indeed the whole invoice amount if a payment is not received.
If you do not qualify for a payment and will struggle to meet the cost of a funeral please inform us at the time that the funeral arrangements are made as we may still be able to advise you on other forms of assistance.
At A & A Walters our aim is to offer you VALUE and CHOICE. We tailor our services to your requirements so you won't be asked to pay for services you don't want or need.
We are able to offer a simple and dignified funeral service including including all necessary Funeral Directors fees from £749.00.
Find out about our 'Price Promise' by clicking on the link below.