Managing funeral costs

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The cost of a funeral can cause additional stress at what is already a difficult time. If you're worried about cost, a member of our team can guide you through the different options and suggest any financial support you might be eligible for.

We have funeral packages to suit all tastes and budgets – please speak to a member of your local funeral team for more information.

About funeral costs

We want to make sure that you have complete peace of mind when you arrange your funeral with East of England Funeral Services. We promise to be completely upfront with you and make sure you know exactly what services we will give you.

There are lots of different costs that can be involved with a funeral, many of which are optional or can be tailored to your budget. They include:

  • Arrangements and administration
  • Care of the deceased
  • Conducting the funeral service
  • Coffins and caskets
  • Funeral vehicles and transportation
  • Additional products and service, such as stationery or floral displays.
  • Third party payments (disbursements) such as doctors’ fees or crematorium charges

Whatever you are looking to spend, we are available to talk through the different choices, as well as a range of different payment options.

Take a look at our price list, or contact your local funeral team for more information.

We recognise that a funeral can be expensive, so as part of our commitment to the Fair Funeral Pledge we offer a simple, dignified funeral at a low cost.


 

  • First steps

    Check whether your loved one had a pre-paid funeral plan or funeral insurance, or whether they had put aside any specific funds for their funeral. If not, you may be able to check what finances they have, and use some of that money to cover the funeral costs.

    We don't charge for funeral services for children aged 16 or under. Please speak to your local funeral team for more information.

  • Accessing funds

    Unless your loved one's money is in a joint account – where the surviving joint owner becomes the sole owner – any funds held in their name will be frozen after their passing.

    You can get in touch with their bank or building society to learn whether they are willing to release funds to the executor or administrator of the will to help pay for the funeral.

    Many High Street banks and most building societies will often agree to this and will arrange to pay for the funeral services directly. If you need help understanding how to access funds works, we are available to give you advice.

  • Financial support

    We understand how difficult it can be if you find there are insufficient funds to pay for the funeral. However, there are a number of different options for financial support, including:

    • Funeral payment from the Social Fund
    • Bereavement payment
    • Bereavement allowance
    • Widowed parent's allowance

    You can find out more about the different types of financial support available and the criteria for eligibility here.