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Which is cheaper, burial or cremation?

17th May 2016   Funerals Latest News

There is a general conception that cremation is always cheaper than a burial; however the options can vary for both and all is dependent on the optional funeral arrangement items that you may or may not decide to include within the service. Here we offer you an idea of what you can generally expect to pay for and the difference between a cremation and a burial.

Many people choose to select cremation over burial as they believe it is a general money saver, however, this is not always the case. The decision of cremation or burial should be based on a number of factors, including the wishes of the deceased and the wants of the family members.Gravestones in cemetery

There are a number of options to consider when it comes to planning a funeral for your loved one. Giving them the best send-off can be difficult on a budget in many cases, with certain items adding to the cost such as an open coffin or the chosen material of the casket. You can choose to keep and remove optional items depending on your budget and requirements.

Following a bereavement, funeral arrangements can be tense and decisions can be hard to make when going through the grieving process. If you are on a budget for the funeral of your loved one, find out if a burial or cremation is cheaper with ISCA funerals and what exactly costs. If you’re looking for low-cost funeral services in Exeter, you can read more about ISCA Funerals pre-paid plan services.

In this article, we will review the general costs of burial and cremation services as well as highlighting the required and optional add-ons for the funeral. Read on to find out more.

The average cost of a burial

On average, burials in the UK cost around £4,100. Additional extras such as headstones, flowers and a burial reception can cause the cost can rise. If the deceased didn’t specify a preference it may become your choice if you’d prefer to bury rather than cremate your loved one. Many people choose this option for visiting and gravestone reasons.

Preferred additional options including the type of coffin and marble of headstone are items that will either lower or raise the cost – here at ISCA, we can help you with this if you are unsure. Prices can be reduced by selecting cheaper package deals or choosing a more inexpensive casket, these prices vary on the construction and materials of the box.

There are many ways to respectfully reduce the cost of a funeral service. By opting for low-key services, people can grieve in their own way without the frills, one way to decline the cost of a funeral is by declining embalming services – as this is an option, not a necessity. Many also use members of their family to carry the casket rather than paying for funeral staff to do this. You could also opt for charity collection to gain help with payments.

How much do cremations cost?

Roman style urnOn average, cremations cost around £3300 which as opposed to a burial a lower price. Here at ISCA Funerals, our simple low-cost funeral options are just £1495. Bodies are usually cremated in a simple container rather than a casket which can be more costly. Whether you are looking for a direct or regular cremation, the process doesn’t usually involve a viewing, therefore respectfully eliminating the embalming cost requirements that may come with a burial. Reasons for choosing cremation may be personal or religious. In general, cremations do turn out to be more cost-effective.

Paying for a funeral

The following list shows compulsory and additional items when it comes to funeral arranging. The cost of a funeral is determined by how simple or embellished the requirements may be.

Standard funeral items to pay for

  • The service of the funeral directors
  • Death certificate fees
  • Grave space/ground plot
  • Service charges of the funeral directors
  • Casket, coffin or urn purchase
  • Transportation of the body

Optional items to pay for within a funeral

  • Embalming of the body
  • Funeral staff
  • Headstone and grave marking
  • Visitation of the body in the chapel of rest
  • Flowers
  • The use of a hearse or limousine
  • Funeral clothes provided by the directors
  • Additional memorabilia
  • Catering arrangements for the wake

If decisions were not made previously then you and family/friends will have to make them. Costs can be reduced for both burials and cremations once it is decided what you require for the deceased and items that could be removed to reduce the overall cost.

The choice shouldn’t be made lightly to avoid any regrets – for example, many wish to view the body, however, this is not a requirement and is certainly not expected of anybody, it’s completely down to your personal preferences. Weigh up the pros of each and discuss with family members or friends to help you make the decision. If you are having trouble, ask for and accept all the help you can – it will lighten the load financially and emotionally.

ISCA are here to help

If you’re looking for funeral services in the South West, at ISCA Funerals we are here to help during this difficult time. We can advise you on the best options and help with organising payments easily. Many begin by making a list of the personal requirements of the funeral by yourself or the deceased, this will allow you to focus on the main points and additionals can be thought of later on if need be.

Please do not worry if the deceased had no prepared arrangements and you have no idea where to start – it can be a daunting time for everybody involved, we at ISCA, can take care of the service in the most efficient and respectable way. 

If you have any questions regarding our funeral services – please get in touch today, we would be pleased to assist you in any way we can, even if it’s an over-the-phone support line.


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