Compare our funeral services

We have 4 types of funeral: essential, tailored, direct cremation and direct burial. This page explains the differences between them, to help you choose the right funeral for you and the person who has died.

Compare our funeral services

We have 4 types of funeral: essential, tailored, direct cremation and direct burial. This page explains the differences between them, to help you choose the right funeral for you and the person who has died.

If someone has died and you need our help, contact us:

All Co-op funerals include:

    • us bringing the person who has died into our care and caring for them until the day of the funeral
    • essential care and preparation of the person who has died
    • help completing all necessary paperwork and liaising with third parties on your behalf
    • support, advice and guidance from our team of experienced professionals

Our funerals

The first thing we'll do is listen to understand what you’re looking for, then work with you to make the funeral just right. You can choose whatever type of funeral that works best for you, whether it’s a simple funeral or something more personalised.

Use the table below to compare the key features of our funerals.

Direct cremation or burial Essential funeral Tailored funeral
Overview of this funeral An unattended burial or cremation with no mourners present A simple low-cost attended funeral, with some restrictions A bespoke funeral where you can decide exactly what’s included
How much does this funeral cost? (not including third party fees) Direct cremation costs £1,313 in England and Wales and £1,230 in Scotland. Direct burial costs £1,200 in England, Wales and Scotland. £1,895 in England and Wales and £1,675 in Scotland As this funeral is tailored to you, the price will depend on the choices you make
Can I visit the person who has died in the chapel of rest?

By appointment during office hours

By appointment 7 days a week 9am-8pm
Will I be able to choose the date and time of the funeral?


A mutually agreed date and time for the funeral
The funeral service No service - you can choose to celebrate the person’s life at a time and place that’s best for you A service at one location only: the crematorium or graveside Your choice of venues for both the service and the committal - these can be at different locations if you wish
Coffin Basic coffin only Basic coffin only Your choice of coffin from our extensive coffin range
Vehicle on day of the funeral A suitable vehicle of our choice Our choice of ceremonial vehicle Your choice of ceremonial vehicle
The cortege route We’ll travel directly to the crematorium or burial ground We’ll travel directly to the crematorium or burial ground and meet you there We’ll take a route of your choice to pass any special places
Personalising the funeral No options to personalise There are some restrictions. We’re unable to arrange additional choices for you, such as flowers and stationery. However it does give you the flexibility and freedom to organise these services yourself, if you’d like to include them for the funeral. You’re able to personalise all aspects of the funeral and we’ll fully support you in making individual choices for a unique ceremony. We’ll arrange all additional items on your behalf such as flowers and stationery.
Overview of this funeral
Direct cremation or burial An unattended burial or cremation with no mourners present
Essential funeral A simple low-cost attended funeral, with some restrictions
Tailored funeral A bespoke funeral where you can decide exactly what’s included
How much does this funeral cost? (not including third party fees)
Direct cremation or burial Direct cremation costs £1,313 in England and Wales and £1,230 in Scotland. Direct burial costs £1,200 in England, Wales and Scotland.
Essential funeral £1,895 in England and Wales and £1,675 in Scotland
Tailored funeral As this funeral is tailored to you, the price will depend on the choices you make
Can I visit the person who has died in the chapel of rest?
Direct cremation or burial
Essential funeral
By appointment during office hours
Tailored funeral
By appointment 7 days a week 9am-8pm
Will I be able to choose the date and time of the funeral?
Direct cremation or burial
Essential funeral
Tailored funeral
A mutually agreed date and time for the funeral
The funeral service
Direct cremation or burial No service - you can choose to celebrate the person’s life at a time and place that’s best for you
Essential funeral A service at one location only: the crematorium or graveside
Tailored funeral Your choice of venues for both the service and the committal - these can be at different locations if you wish
Coffin
Direct cremation or burial Basic coffin only
Essential funeral Basic coffin only
Tailored funeral Your choice of coffin from our extensive coffin range
Vehicle on day of the funeral
Direct cremation or burial A suitable vehicle of our choice
Essential funeral Our choice of ceremonial vehicle
Tailored funeral Your choice of ceremonial vehicle
The cortege route
Direct cremation or burial We’ll travel directly to the crematorium or burial ground
Essential funeral We’ll travel directly to the crematorium or burial ground and meet you there
Tailored funeral We’ll take a route of your choice to pass any special places
Personalising the funeral
Direct cremation or burial No options to personalise
Essential funeral There are some restrictions. We’re unable to arrange additional choices for you, such as flowers and stationery. However it does give you the flexibility and freedom to organise these services yourself, if you’d like to include them for the funeral.
Tailored funeral You’re able to personalise all aspects of the funeral and we’ll fully support you in making individual choices for a unique ceremony. We’ll arrange all additional items on your behalf such as flowers and stationery.

Choosing the right funeral option

If you can’t decide which funeral suits your needs, or you’d simply prefer to speak to someone, contact your local funeral director. Our experienced colleagues will listen to make sure the choices you make are the ones right for you and your family.

How much does a funeral cost?

Funeral costs vary depending on where you live in the UK, and the choices you make for the funeral. Use our funeral cost calculator to find out how much a funeral might cost at your local Co-op funeral home.

What to expect when arranging a funeral

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Arrange an appointment

Your funeral director will make an appointment with you to start the funeral arrangements. This appointment can take place over the phone or at one of our funeral homes, whichever is easiest for you.

If you’ve never arranged a funeral before, see our guide on what to expect at a funeral arrangement

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We’ll listen to you 

At your appointment we’ll listen to you to find out about the person who has died; what they were like, what their interests were, and any funeral wishes they had. You can also tell us any ideas you have for the funeral.

We’ll ask questions to make sure we arrange a funeral most fitting for the person who has died. We’ll then guide you through the decisions you’ll need to make, showing you where you can make personal touches along the way.

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We’ll provide a cost

We're open about our prices and any third party costs, and when we arrange the funeral with you we’ll give you an estimate. We’ll always be honest with you about affordability, your financial options, the different ways to pay and when payments need to be made.

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We’ll be here for you all the way through

Our team will support you from the moment you get in touch with us. We'll help you through the funeral arrangements, on the day and even after the funeral. If you have any questions, just ask and we’ll be there to help you. We're in the heart of your communities, towns and cities from Bristol to Cardiff, Sheffield to Aberdeen and Edinburgh.