Burial costs

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The cost of a burial can vary depending on where the arrangements are being made and what you’d like to be included.

To find out how much a funeral will cost at your local Co-op funeral home, use our funeral cost calculator.

How much does a burial cost?

On average in 2019 the cost of a burial was £4,975*, this included the cost of professional services, minister or officiants fees and cost of the burial.

If you’re arranging a burial service for a loved one you may want to consider the following costs:

  • funeral directors fees
  • burial plot
  • burial service
  • funeral flowers
  • wake

Burial costs breakdown

We’re open and honest about the cost of our funerals, and here to support your decision on what’s right for you. We've broken down burial costs to help with understanding what's included:

  • funeral directors’ fees - on average costs £2,687* these make up the biggest cost of a funeral and includes the coffin, a hearse, collection and care of the deceased, plus professional services
  • clergy or officiate fees - in the UK these cost on average £169**
  • burial fees - as these costs vary depending on where you live in the UK, you can find an estimate by using our funeral cost calculator

How to reduce the cost of a burial

If you’d like to arrange a cheaper burial or have a certain budget, let us know. We have different options available if this is something you need.

If you choose one of our cheaper options, you will still receive the highest level of support, attention to detail, and care from us.

Direct Burial

With a Direct Burial there's no funeral service but a simple, unattended burial, which costs £1,220. The Direct Burial with Cortege option offers the extra service where the hearse passes your home, which enables you to take a moment to pause, reflect and say goodbye. With the added cortege and traditional oak coffin, this funeral choice costs £1,550.

Simple Funeral

This allows you to keep funeral costs down, but also gives you the flexibility to personalise the funeral with additional services.

The cost of the Simple Funeral (including additional cortege and Celebration of Life Service) is £2,745 in England and Wales, and is £2,525 in Scotland, excluding third party fees.

Burial costs compared to cremation costs

Cremation is usually the cheaper option when arranging a funeral, as there isn't the added cost of purchasing a burial plot. However, the burial plot may already be owned and therefore doesn't need to be included in the costs.

Call your local Co-op funeral director

If you’d like to discuss the different cremation service options, your local funeral director will be able to advise and help you.

0800 088 4883 (24 hour service)

*SunLife (2020), Cost of Dying Report, sunlife.co.uk/costofdying2020