Funeral Costs

All funerals are different and therefore can vary greatly in price. Rosedale is completely willing to discuss all costs with you in an open and honest way and work with your available budget to provide a personal and meaningful funeral service.   We are always available to provide you with information about funeral choices and the associated costs, as well as to answer any niggling questions that you may have. There is no such thing as a ‘silly’ question.

You may be advised to phone around a number of funeral directors to seek alternative quotations for the funeral.  Please be assured that this is quite acceptable and don’t feel embarrassed to call us or pop in and ask us about funeral costs, we would be pleased to have a conversation with you about finances and give you the opportunity to check and compare prices without the need to commit emotionally or financially.

Buying a funeral can be expensive and confusing and it can be difficult to find clear and comparable information about how much things cost. We feel our charges are clear and fair and have published them here in line with our commitment to the Fair Funeral Pledge which puts transparency and honesty at the centre of our work.

We know that there are other funeral companies who are significantly more expensive than us and these tend to be the ones who are part of larger groups, who are answerable to a group of shareholders. Some funeral companies charge less than us, and are often smaller, one-man bands that keep their overheads low and may not invest as much into their staff training, facilities and standards as we do at Rosedale. Do check that your chosen funeral director is a member of a professional Trade Association and has a License to Practice- many don’t. We truly believe that you get what you pay for and we pride ourselves on offering an exceptional service at affordable cost. We believe that we provide the best value for money in South Norfolk and North Suffolk.

Fair Funeral PledgeFair Funeral Pledge

At Rosedale we recognise that paying for a funeral can be difficult, especially if the person who has died has not put finalised plans in place.  We have signed the Fair Funerals Pledge 2020 which means that we will help people to find funerals that are within their means, will be open about the price of our services, including third party costs and about the amount of any deposit we require and when this and the final balances are due.

 

TYPES OF FUNERALS

There are many different types of funeral, from a very elaborate occasion through to a simpler funeral or even what has become known as Direct Cremation.

Traditional Funerals

A traditional funeral may cost from £2,259 for our base charges.  This includes our professional services, advice on registration, certification and memorialisation, handling of donations, bringing the deceased into our care and caring for them up until the time of the funeral, use of our chapel of rest and the provision of a hearse, funeral director and four bearers on the day of the funeral.

Each funeral is individual and unique, and there are a variety of choices which naturally incur additional charges: a horse drawn hearse, an interment of ashes or a service in Church prior to the cremation are all examples of these. We offer a wide choice of coffins such as traditional solid oak or pine, an oak or elm veneer or a uniquely designed picture coffin.

Our full price list for traditional funeral can be downloaded here.

Our traditional coffin and casket range price list can be downloaded here.

Our price list for other charges can be downloaded here.

Our price for service sheets can be downloaded here.

Environmentally Friendly Funerals

As a founder member of the Association of Green Funeral Directors we are increasingly asked to advise families on environmentally friendly options and this can mean many things- reducing your carbon footprint, using local suppliers, using sustainable resources and ensuring Fair Trade for all.

As a result, we have developed a range of coffins that are kinder to the environment than traditional options, including cardboard, bamboo, pine, willow and a lovely design made from wild pineapple leaf.

For more information about eco-funeral and carbon neutral funeral click here.

Our environmentally friendly price list can be downloaded here.

Our environmentally friendly coffin and casket range price list can be downloaded here.

Essential Funeral Package

For those for whom cost is an important factor or indeed a concern, we offer a subsidised simple funeral package from £1,995 which is desigined to support families financially at a difficult time, particularly those who may be in receipt of benefits or who would otherwise struggle to meet the costs of a traditional funeral. This includes our professional services, advice on registration and certification and caring for your loved one although there may be some restrictions as to the day and/or time when the funeral can take place. A simple coffin is included, as is the hearse and up to four bearers.

Our Essential Funeral Package price can be downloaded here.

Direct Cremation

Unattended funerals, sometimes referred to as direct cremation are a relatively new concept in the UK, but one that has received a lot of media attention.  It is simply the provision of a low cost, unattended cremation without a funeral ceremony.  There is no hearse, no procession, and no service in the crematorium.  The coffin is cremated without any ceremony and without any family or friends in attendance.

The reasons for choosing an unattended funeral could be ethical, financial or practical.  The person who has died may have requested to have their body cremated without a ceremony.  direct cremation can suit families who cannot afford to meet the costs of a conventional funeral, but is also popular with people who are perfectly able to pay for a traditional funeral, but choose not to because they do not feel the need to have a public ceremony, or they wish to have a public ceremony at a later date without the coffin present.  Direct cremation can be a practical option for someone who has died away from their home country so that the ashes can be returned home.

For more information about Direct Cremation, click here.

Our Direct Cremation price list can be downloaded here.

If you are opting for a memorial service to follow the direct cremation, we can assist you will all aspects of this including sourcing a suitable venue, invitations, catering, risk assessments and music licenses.

A word of warning.

There are companies who offer a direct cremation service for a very minimal cost.  These low-cost packages do not include for ANY care of the deceased.  The deceased will simply be collected from the hospital, placed in a coffin and taken to their central holding area which serves the whole country.  There will be no last offices carried out, no washing or dressing of the deceased and any catheters or cannulas will all be left in situ.

The direct cremation service that we offer ensures that last offices are carried out by caring, qualified staff and any deceased brought into the care of Rosedale will be washed and dressed. Should you wish, viewing in the chapel of rest is also possible for an additional charge

Third Party Costs

All our funeral charges exclude third party costs which are sometimes referred to as disbursements. These are payments that we make on your behalf, such as church or crematorium fees, civil celebrant, florist, doctors, newspaper announcements, etc. Rosedale respectfully asks that all third party costs are paid in full 48 hours following the arrangement of the funeral.

For a guideline of third party costs, please click here.

Payment Terms

Once we have made the funeral arrangements with you, you will be given a written estimate of the costs with our Terms and Conditions. Any third party payments will need to be paid in advance of the funeral. We do not add anything onto third party payments, but do receive a small commission from certain parties such as the newspapers and florists to help cover our administration costs. The other costs won’t be payable until after the funeral. In cases where families are waiting for probate, we can liaise with your solicitor regarding delayed payment.

For our terms and conditions please click here.

Concerned about costs?

For families who are concerned about costs, there are many ways in which we can support you, such as help and advice as to whether you would be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Government towards the funeral costs. Please click here for more information.

If you think you will have difficulty in paying for the funeral, please be honest with us.  If you tell us your situation we can offer advice – there are often ways that costs can be eliminated or scaled down to make a funeral affordable whilst still being personal and meaningful.

When planning a funeral, bereaved people can experience a broad range of emotions, including a need to provide the person who has died with a meaningful tribute. This can lead to anxiety about ‘getting it right’ and if there are limited funds for arranging the funeral, an overwhelming sense of guilt. Having the help of a non-judgemental funeral director at this time can make all the difference, so please don’t be embarrassed to ask. Funeral poverty is becoming a growing problem for many people, where the cost of a funeral is beyond the person’s ability to pay. This is not an uncommon situation and we are familiar with advising families who find themselves in this position.

Should you require advice on financial assistance in paying for a funeral, we can offer advice and information regarding the Social Fund, Bereavement Payment, Widowed Parent’s Allowance, Bereavement Allowance, Child Funeral Charity and advice on other means of financial help available to you.

Traditional Coffin Selection

Langdale coffin

Langadel Coffin – £310
Veneered oak coffin in matt finish.

Dovedale coffin

Dovedale Coffin – £355
Simulated elm veneer coffin with raised lid panelled sides and ends.

Regent Oak coffin

Regent Coffin – £430
Oak veneered coffin with plain sides, double mouldings and raised lid. Also available in sapele.

Windsor coffin

Windsor Coffin – £475
Natural veneered oak coffin with panelled Tudor rose design sides.

Grasmere coffin

Grasmere Coffin – £535
Natural veneered oak coffin with satin finish, panelled sides and raised lid. Also available in elm.

Colourful coffin

Colourful Coffin – from £715
We offer a range of colourful coffins to celebrate different lifestyles, hobbies and passions. Matching service sheets are also available. For bespoke designs, price on application.

Natural Pine coffin

Natural Pine Coffin – £745
A satin finish medium stain solid pine coffin with matching pine mouldings.

Royal coffin

Royal Coffin – £1025
Craftsman-made solid oak coffin with plain sides and gloss finish, complete with satin interior. Also available in sapele and walnut.

Imperial coffin

Imperial Coffin – £1245
Craftsman-made solid oak coffin with satin finish, double moulded with raised lid, panelled sides and ends, complete with satin interior. Also available in walnut.

Sovereign Coffin

Sovereign Coffin – £1985
The finest craftsman-made solid oak casket with polished finish. Fully fitted with the best interior casket suite.

Environmentally Friendly Coffin Selection

Elvedon Cardboard Coffin

Elvedon Cardboard – £422
This ecological coffin incorporates advanced design techniques and uses the highest quality cardboard. This coffin is made from 100% biodegradable materials, including UV water based paints. Available in green, brown, wood grain or marble effect. Other designs, themes or styles are possible and the coffin can be personalised to your own wishes. Please ask for details.

Bamboo Eco coffin

Handwoven Bamboo Eco Coffin – £550
This coffin is hand-made in China from material grown and cropped in licensed plantations. Pandas do not eat the species of bamboo used in this coffin. They are accredited with Fair Trade status.

Bamboo Lattice coffin

Handwoven Bamboo Lattice Coffin – £605
This bamboo coffin is hand-made in China from material grown and cropped in licensed plantations. Pandas do not eat the species of bamboo used in these coffins. This coffin is accredited with Fair Trade status.

Pandanas Traditional coffin

Pandanus Coffin – £685
The Pandanus coffin is made from wild pineapple leaf in Indonesia, an environmentally friendly alternative to seagrass. Pandanus grows rapidly on land even in adverse conditions. When woven it is almost indistinguishable from seagrass. This coffin is accredited with Fair Trade status and is suitable for burial only.

Cromer Willow coffin

Handwoven Cromer Willow Coffin – £805
Our willow coffins are hand-made by a co-operative of cottage industries in Poland. They are accredited with Fair Trade status. The coffins are designed to slot into one another, hence transporting one coffin to the UK from Poland uses no more fuel than a 2 mile car journey.

Highsted Willow Coffin

Handwoven Highsted Willow Coffin – £810
Our willow coffins are hand-made by a co-operative of cottage industries in Poland. They are accredited with Fair Trade status. The coffins are designed to slot into one another, hence transporting one coffin to the UK from Poland uses no more fuel than a 2 mile car journey.

Water Hyacinth Coffin

Water Hyacinth Coffin – £910
One of the fastest growing aquatic plants known, sometimes called ‘golden plant’, it can double its population in two weeks. Water hyacinth forms a dense impenetrable mat across the water surface, limiting access by man, animals are obstructed, and irrigation and drainage systems become blocked. Harvesting water hyacinth for constructing this coffin has great local benefits in clearing water courses and providing irrigation etc. The resulting materials, when woven, produce a beautiful looking coffin. This coffin is accredited with Fair Trade status.

Woolen Coffin

Natural Coloured Wool Coffin – £950
This woollen coffin is handmade in Yorkshire using pure new British wool, supported on a strong recycled cardboard frame. Wool is a fibre with a true ‘green’ lineage that is both sustainable and biodegradable. Rustic is also available, price upon request.

Ashes Casket Selection – Prices from £65

Free of charge

  • Temporary grave marker
  • Memorial website
  • Donation management

Should you require advice on financial assistance in paying for a funeral, please contact staff at any of our branches for information and contact telephone numbers regarding the Social Fund, Bereavement Payment, Widowed Parent’s Allowance, Bereavement Allowance, Child Funeral Charity and advice on other means of financial help available to you.