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Traditional Funeral

Funeral flower arrangement being held by a funeral director

Our Traditional Funeral has more flexibility with all the dignity and care you expect from Co-op Funeralcare. This choice lets you choose the time and date of the funeral service and you’re given the choice of four wood effect coffins.

Our Traditional Funeral includes:

  • provision of all Funeral Director services to make the funeral arrangements
  • completion of all documents and liaison with all third parties
  • advice, support and guidance
  • visiting the private chapel of rest - due to the coronavirus pandemic and to follow government advice on social distancing, we can only allow a maximum of 2 people visiting the chapel of rest at any one time by a pre-arranged appointment
  • bringing the person who has died into our care, within a 50-mile radius
  • care and preparation of the deceased
  • a funeral service - the number of people who can attend will depend on where you live. Please see our coronavirus advice for more details
  • choice of one of four wood effect coffins the Maple, Cherry, Rosewood or Traditional Oak coffins
  • your choice of date and time of the funeral
  • hearse and personnel needed for the funeral
  • one limousine - our cars have been fitted with screens separating the driver and passenger areas to meet with social distancing rules
  • flexible funeral cortege (tailored route up to 15 miles)
  • an optional online tribute page, enabling you to share funeral details and securely accept ‘in memory’ charity donations

Additional products and services

You can also add any of the following to your Traditional Funeral at an additional cost:

  • an alternative coffin
  • embalming - please note that this is only available at certain funeral homes, speak to your local funeral director for more information
  • floral tributes
  • funeral stationery, memorial books
  • obituary notices, acknowledgements
  • memorial items
  • caskets, urns and keepsakes
  • memorial masonry
  • an alternative hearse - for example, a horse-drawn hearse

How much does a Traditional Funeral cost?

The cost of this funeral will vary greatly depending on where you live in the UK. To find out how much a Traditional Funeral will cost in your area, as well as an estimate of third party fees, use our funeral cost calculator.

You can choose to arrange this funeral with all the features it currently has, or you can change, add or remove products and services and we'll adjust the cost accordingly.

How to pay for a Traditional Funeral

Once all funeral arrangements have been made, your local funeral director will let you know how much the total funeral cost will be, including all third party fees. You can pay at the funeral home, at a bank or post office, and we accept cash, credit and debit card payments.

The funeral is paid in 2 parts:

  1. You will need to pay a minimum of 50% of the total estimated funeral cost within 48 hours of making the funeral arrangements.
  2. For everything else, we’ll send you an invoice after the funeral. This final payment must be made within 28 days from the date of invoice.

Help with funeral costs

Coronavirus related deaths

If your loved one has died from coronavirus, you may qualify for support from Co-op Funeralcare's Hardship Fund.

Government help

If you can’t afford to pay for the funeral, let your funeral director know as soon as possible, as there may be support from the government available to you.

Pay in monthly instalments

If you’d prefer to pay for the funeral in instalments, you may be eligible to apply for a funeral loan through our partner Funeral Safe. You can find details on loan amounts and repayments, eligibility and details on how to apply here.

Third party fees

Third party fees are essential services delivered by others that we will manage on your behalf; such as crematorium fees, gravediggers fees or payments made to a minister or celebrant.

On average last year (2019) our clients paid £1,157 in third party fees but this is a national average and may not reflect the price you might pay in your local area. To find out how much a Traditional Funeral will cost at your local Co-op Funeralcare, as well as an estimate of third party costs in your area, use our funeral cost calculator.

0800 088 4883 (24 hour service)

Celebration of Life service

As the number of mourners who can attend a funeral service is still limited at this time, you may wish to have a Celebration of Life service to help you remember your loved one in your own way. This service costs £700.

This includes:

  • a service co-ordinated and attended by a funeral director
  • a limousine and driver to a venue of your choice
  • additional items such as flowers and orders of service