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 ask us about prices, although most of them are on this website as we feel transparency is important.  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 such as the Co-op or Dignity, 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 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 Licence 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.

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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 Quaker Social Action Fair Funeral Pledge which means that we are committed to charge clear prices for our goods and services and we display these prices in our funeral homes, online and communicate them in initial conversations.

 

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There are many different types of funeral, from a very elaborate occasion or a traditional service that most of us are familiar with, through to a much more simple funeral or even what has become known as Direct Cremation.

Traditional funerals

A traditional funeral may cost from £2,669 for our charges.  This includes our professional services, advice on registration, certification and memorialisation, handling of donations, caring for your loved one, a coffin, use of our chapel of rest and the provision of a hearse and limousine, funeral director and up to six bearers on the day of the funeral. We offer a wide choice of coffins such as traditional wood, willow or a uniquely designed picture coffin and other choices of transport, such as a horse drawn or Rolls Royce hearse.  Obviously for these choices you should expect the price to change accordingly. Some examples of coffin prices are shown here.

Simple 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 designed 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. An additional charge may have to be made if six bearers are required.

Third party costs

Whichever funeral option you choose, you would have to pay certain third party costs which are unavoidable.

Crematorium fee – from £730

Doctor’s fee’s – £164 (unless the Coroner is involved)

Churchyard burial fee – £508

Gravedigging fee – from £320

Although there is no requirement to appoint a Minister or Celebrant, most families choose to do so and their costs start from £195.

For third party cemetery burial fees, please enquire as costs vary.

You should also bear in mind the costs of other options, such as the provision of a notice in the local newspaper, catering and flowers.

Concerned about costs?

For families who are concerned about costs, there are other ways in which we can support you, such as the free loan of a spray of silk flowers for the coffin, or help and advice as to whether you would be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Government towards the funeral costs.

Once we have made the funeral arrangements with you, you will be given a written estimate of the costs. 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 to help cover our administration costs.  The other costs won’t be payable until after the funeral.

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. We are here to help.  If we don’t know, we can’t help 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.

In cases where families are waiting for probate, we can liaise with your solicitor regarding delayed payment.

There is an alternative option of Direct Cremation that we also offer, please click here to find out more information.

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