Funeral Expenses

Please find all the necessary information regarding funeral expenses here. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to Contact Us

The Peace family and their team have a vast knowledge and experience. They will use this to empower you to make informed choices.  You will be given the time and guidance to make decisions that create a personal funeral, representing both yours and your loved one’s wishes.

Every funeral service is unique. We pride ourselves on giving each family every possible opportunity to create a service that suits their needs. Following the arrangements, we will provide a detailed estimate of all the potential costs involved.

Download a copy of our Full Price List here

STANDARDISED PRICE LIST

All funeral directors are legally required to publish this 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).

ATTENDED FUNERAL (funeral director’s charges only) £3080.00
This is a funeral where family and friends have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person at  the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.
Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements

 £1350.00

Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15  miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care

£325.00

Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities. The deceased person will be kept at the funeral director’s Romsey premises

£385.00

Providing a suitable coffin – this will be made from chipboard with oak effect finish

£395.00

Viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director (where viewing is requested by the customer)

£10.00

At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle

£615.00

UNATTENDED FUNERAL

This is a funeral where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or  service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself.

Burial (funeral director’s charges only) £1298.00
Cremation (funeral director’s charges plus the cremation fee) 2 £1648.00
 FEES YOU MUST PAY
For an Attended or Unattended burial funeral, the burial fee.1 In this local area, the typical cost of the burial fee for local residents is:

For a new grave, you will also need to pay for the plot; for an existing grave with a memorial in place, you  may need to pay a removal/replacement fee. In addition, the cemetery may charge a number of other fees.

£611-£810.00
For an Attended cremation funeral, the cremation fee.2 In this local area, the typical cost of a cremation for local residents is: £575-£1015.00
Please discuss any specific religious, belief-based and/or cultural requirements that you have with the funeral director.
ADDITIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

This funeral director may be able to supply a range of optional, additional products and services, or to arrange (on your behalf) for a third party to supply them. Examples include:

Additional mileage (price per mile)

£2.25

Additional transfers of the deceased person’s body (e.g. to their home, to a place of worship etc.) (price per transfer)

£275.00

Collection and delivery of ashes

£75.00

Embalming

£150.00

Funeral officiant (e.g. celebrant, minister of religion etc.)

Prices on request

Services supplied outside of normal office hours

Prices on request

The funeral director can give you a full list of what they can supply. They are likely to charge for these additional products and services, so you may choose to take care of some arrangements without their involvement, or you can use a different supplier.

1 This fee (which is sometimes called the interment fee) is the charge made for digging and closing a new grave, or for reopening and closing an existing grave.

2 In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you will usually need to pay doctors’ fees as well. This is the charge for two doctors to sign the Medical Certificates for Cremation.

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Disbursements are the items which the funeral director pays at the time of the funeral, on behalf of the clients. These include; cremation fees, doctors’ fees, church and minister’s fees, floral tributes, death notices and grave digging fees (this list is not exhaustive). The costs of these items are out of the funeral directors control.

Below are some examples of disbursement costs locally (as of April 2021)

Cremation From
Test Valley Crematorium £1015.00
Test Valley Crematorium (Restricted Times) £630.00
Test Valley Crematorium (Unattended Cremation) £350.00
Southampton Crematorium £895.00
Southampton Crematorium(Restricted times) £575.00
Southampton Crematorium(Unattended Cremation) £350.00
Wessex Vale Crematorium £1015.00
Wessex Vale Crematorium (Restricted times) £630.00
Wessex Vale Crematorium (Unattended Cremation) £350.00
Salisbury Crematorium £925.00
Burial From
Woodley Cemetery, Romsey
– Includes Purchase of Exclusive Right of Burial and interment.
– Fees vary depending on depth of grave and residence of deceased.
£1086.00
Church of England Churchyards £331.00
Local Parish Cemeteries (fees are usually double for former parish residents) £420.00
Gravedigger costs £475.00
Other Disbursements From
Clergy fees £206.00
Non-religious/funeral celebrant £210.00
Organist fee £70.00
Doctors fee for completion of cremation certificates £164.00
Removal of a headstone £150.00
Burial of cremated remains From
Woodley and Botley Road Cemetery (including purchase of exclusive right) £646.00
Church of England Churchyard £172.00

We can offer the Essential Funeral Service as a low-cost option. With defined service restrictions, we are able to keep our costs down while still providing a dignified funeral carried out to the highest standards.

Our fee for this service in £2295.00 and includes.

Our professional services, arrangements for the funeral, provision of a plastic lined composite board coffin for burial or cremation. Transfer of the deceased day or night (within a 20-mile radius) and the provision of a hearse for conveyance direct to the local cemetery, churchyard or crematorium. Certain times and days may be excluded.

The simple funeral does not include:

  • Collection of donations in lieu of flowers
  • Collecting and storage of cremated remains
  • The funeral service taking place at any other venue before the burial or cremation
  • The hearse leaving from the family home or via a prescribed route
  • Administration of disbursements payable on the client’s behalf
  • Preparation of the deceased for viewings and use of the chapel of rest.

In addition, you will need to add the cost of disbursements (for example, cremation or burial fees – see disbursements).

Full payment of this service, including disbursements, is requested in advance of the funeral.

Where no service is requested and no mourners or family attend the cremation. This is known as an Unattended Funeral.

Our fee for this service is from £1298 and includes:

  • Transfer of the deceased from a local address or hospital (within a 15-mile radius)
  • Provision of a wood effect cremation coffin or suitable alternative
  • A hearse (or other suitable vehicle) and trained staff for conveyance to our chosen crematorium

The dates and times of these services are subject to the crematoriums’ discretion.

The Unattended Funeral (cremation) does not include:

  • Viewing of the deceased or use of the chapel of rest
  • Collection of donations in lieu of flowers
  • The funeral service taking place at any other venue before the cremation
  • The hearse leaving from the family home or via a prescribed route
  • Doctors’ fees for cremation certification
  • Crematorium ‘direct cremation’ fee

We can also offer Direct Burials, however these will incur additional costs. Please contact us for further information.

Full payment of this service is requested 48 hours in advance of the funeral.

The person who arranges the funeral and signs the estimate is legally responsible for paying for the funeral. If you are worried about how you will pay for the funeral please talk to us as we may be able to suggest ways to reduce any possible financial burden.

Payment

Traditionally, payment is made from the deceased’s estate. If there are sufficient funds available an Executor of the Will or personal representative of the deceased, can pass the invoice to the deceased’s bank who will settle the account directly with the Funeral Director.  Otherwise payment can be accepted by cheque, cash, BACS (bank transfer) or Credit/Debit Card.

Financial Assistance

There are many sources of financial assistance which may be available to help with payment for the funeral.  Naturally these are dependent upon individual circumstances.

Life Insurance or Funeral Plan

The deceased may have made some provision in advance for their funeral, by buying either a life insurance policy or a Funeral Plan.  If they have done this, you should find the documents confirming this with their personal papers.

Help from the Government – Bereavement Payment

If your husband, wife or civil partner dies, you could be entitled to a one-off, tax free Bereavement Payment of up to £2,000.  To qualify you need to be under State Pension age and the deceased must have paid enough National Insurance contributions.  For more information see: www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/bereavement.

Pension Scheme

If the person who has died was paying into or receiving a personal pension or a pension from their employer, this may include provision for a payment or provide an allowance upon their death.  You should contact the pension provider to find out whether this is in place.

Trade Unions/Armed Services/Veterans

If the deceased was a member of the armed forces, a veteran or member of a trade union, they may be able to assist towards funeral expenses.

Help from the Government – DWP Funeral Payment

If you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be able to claim a DWP Funeral Payment to help towards a funeral (Claim Form SF200) although any payment is unlikely to cover the whole funeral bill.  The government will assess if it is reasonable for you to be expected to pay for the funeral and whether there are any other relatives who are able to contribute to the expenses.  Calculations are based upon the applicant’s ability to pay, not the financial situation of the person who has died.  A claim must be made within 3 months.

The qualifying benefits are:

  • Income Support.
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Pension Credit.
  • Housing Benefit.
  • The disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit.
  • One of the extra elements of Child Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit.

You can find more information about DWP Funeral Payments at www.direct.gov.uk/benefits

If you need any assistance with completing claim forms, the Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to help, or you can ask for an appointment at your local JobCentre Plus.