How much is a burial plot?
Where to be buried
The costs of burial location can vary vastly, so it’s important to consider where you wish to bury a loved one or be buried yourself. Some cemeteries, such as those in small parishes, will charge a relatively small amount for a burial plot for residents of the area, but non-residents can face significantly higher costs.
Burials in an inner-city cemetery usually cost more due to increased maintenance costs and a lack of available space. If the burial plot is purchased in advance you may receive significant discounts.
If you do not want a traditional burial plot, several other options are available. You can opt for a woodland or sea burial.
It is important to remember that you must pay not only for the burial plot, but also the headstone, burial ground fee and possibly even a grave digging cost. The typical price of a headstone is between £1,200 and £2,000.
How long does a burial plot last?
The ownership of a grave does not last forever, the average lease on a plot is 75 years and graves cannot legally be sold for more than a century. However, when the lease expires the family are given the opportunity to renew it at a cost, allowing graves to be ‘owned’ for generations.
A columbarium lease lasts for five or ten years, depending on the cemetery. In order to extend the lease, it is up to the family of the deceased to make the arrangements for this with the local council.
Are cremation funerals cheaper than burial funerals?
Cremation is on average a cheaper option compared to burial. This is due to the fact that you don’t pay for a burial plot, or the upkeep of the plot after the funeral.
Of course, the cost of any funeral will depend on other factors such as location and the extra services of personalisation you have as part of the funeral. A direct cremation is a cheaper option for those wishing to avoid any extra stress or strain of funeral arrangements and would be significantly cheaper than a funeral that included a service and burial.