Unlike most funeral plan providers, we both plan and carry out your funeral, so we can make sure every detail is how you wanted.
Our Co-op Commitment means we’ll carry out the services in your plan, even if you die before the plan is paid in full.^
Moneynet has recognised us as the ‘Best Funeral Plan Provider’, and we’ve been given the highest ratings from trusted independent experts.
A choice of payment options, including one-off payments or monthly payments up to 25 years, whichever is best for you.
Co-op prepaid funeral plans
A funeral plan is the easy way to arrange and pay for your funeral in advance. You'll be able to protect your loved ones against unexpected costs and help remove any uncertainty about your final wishes.
A prepaid funeral plan can let your loved ones focus on celebrating your life, rather than worrying about how they’ll pay for the service.
A prepaid funeral plan allows you to plan and pay for your funeral in advance, at today’s prices. Many people find comfort in knowing that when the time comes, their family will be protected from unexpected funeral costs, and that all decisions for the funeral have already been made.
Buy a funeral plan online, at a Co-op funeral home, or by calling our funeral planning team on 08000884883
You can choose to pay either in full, in monthly payments over 6 or 12 months, or monthly payments over 2-25 years.
With our pay monthly funeral plans you receive the same service whether you pay monthly or in full for your prepaid funeral plan. If you'd prefer a pay monthly funeral plan, we have numerous options available to meet any budget requirements you may have.
If you’re paying over 6-12 months, there are no additional charges. However, when paying over 2-25 years, there are additional charges. If you choose to pay in monthly payments, you’ll need to pay a minimum £99 deposit when you buy the plan. You can pay a bigger deposit if you'd like to lower the monthly costs. To find out how much a pay monthly funeral plan will cost, use our online calculator
If you choose one of our guaranteed plans, we guarantee all the services in your funeral plan will be delivered at no extra cost. We provide those services ourselves and with funeral homes we have a relationship with, such as other regional co-operatives.
We put all of the money from each plan into an individual whole of life insurance policy with The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited. We receive an allowance to meet our initial costs of selling and arranging the funeral plan. The money is released to us when you die so that the funeral can be provided.
Money can also be released if you cancel your plan, so we can refund this to you in accordance with our terms and conditions. Working with Royal London we regularly monitor the whole of life insurance policies to ensure enough funds are available for us to provide the services set out in your plan. We report on this annually in our accounts.
The money used to buy a prepaid funeral plans is exempt from inheritance tax; therefore, you may want to consider buying a funeral plan if your estate is liable for this tax. In addition to inheritance tax exemption, your council may not include the monetary value of the plan if you're assessed for help towards care costs. However, if you’re looking to purchase a prepaid funeral plan to decrease what’s in your overall savings you may need to contact your local council to see if or what their saving limits are set at.
Our 4 fixed plans (Simple, Bronze, Silver, Gold) have a different combination of services, so you can choose which plan is right for you.
Alternatively, you can choose a tailor-made plan. This is where you decide exactly what you’d like to be included.
Whichever plan you buy, we’ll send you a plan summary in the post within 10 working days that confirms everything that’s included.
All fixed plans may have extra costs at the time of your funeral. These may include:
• where a ceremony or service is held at a different location to the cremation
• for the burial or disposal of ashes
• the cost of buying a grave as prices and availability vary across the UK
• when you’re not a resident of the local area as the local cemetery or crematorium may charge for this
There are certain items that can’t be booked as part of a tailor-made plan. A Co-op funeral director can explain these. On memorial headstone plans, the cemetery or graveyard may have rules on what kind of memorials are allowed. We can only provide your chosen memorial in line with rules that apply at the time the memorial is ordered. This will be after your funeral.
Our plans are available to anyone over the age of 18, and we don’t ask any medical or health related questions. If you’re paying monthly over 2-25 years, all payments must be completed by your 80th birthday.
Someone else can pay for your plan but you’re still responsible for making sure payments are made. You’ll own and control your plan and will receive the documents relating to it. If the person paying for your plan is paying monthly over 2-25 years, that person must be 18 years of age or over. All payments must be completed by their 80th birthday.
All of our plans can be personalised to include special wishes and requests. When you buy a prepaid funeral plan, you’ll receive a ‘funeral service request’ form in the post along with the summary of your plan. You just need to write your wishes on the form and send it back to us, and we’ll keep it safe until the time of the funeral.
If you change your mind, contact our funeral planning team and we’ll amend your personal requests. There are no limits to the number of times personal requests can be updated, these are amended at no extra charge.
Your funeral will be carried out by one of our funeral directors or one of the associated directors that we have a relationship with such as other regional co-operatives. You may choose your funeral home when you buy your plan or tell us later. We’ll record this, so we know when the time comes.
*Price of £18.96 per month is based on a 50-year-old purchasing a Simple Funeral Plan at £3,095 over 25 years (total amount repayable £5789.32), monthly payments for other plans will be different. You can choose to spread the cost of paying for your plan over 2-25 years. A minimum of £99 deposit is required to be paid when buying a plan on monthly instalments, this will be taken off the plan price. A charge is included in the plan cost if you choose to pay over 2-25 years. A maximum age limit applies to the Plan Purchaser. This option is available to anyone as long as the plan is paid for in full before the Plan Purchaser's 80th birthday.
^If you choose to make monthly payments over 2–25 years, your plan will include the Co-op Commitment. If you die after 12 months, we promise to deliver all the services provided in your plan, even if you’ve not made all the payments. If you die as a result of an accident within the first 12 months of your plan, you’ll be covered by our Co-op Commitment. All payments must be paid up to date and your funeral must be carried out by one of our funeral directors. See our terms and conditions.