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A no frills funeral is a simple, low-cost funeral option, (although ‘no frills’ isn’t the official term).
This type of funeral requires less organisation than a traditional funeral, which means that not all the costly services of a funeral director are needed. In other words, you can save time and money.
Most funeral providers in the UK can offer a no frills funeral or can tailor their services to meet your needs and budget.
As mentioned, ‘direct cremation’ or ‘simple funeral’ are terms more commonly used to describe a no frills funeral.
Whether you’re planning a funeral for someone else or you’re planning ahead for your own funeral, continue reading our helpful guide to learn more about the no frills funeral option.
Simple funeral plans
At Reassured, we can help you arrange a funeral plan for a simple cremation or burial funeral from just £19.11* a month.
Our plans include the essential elements for this type of funeral including:
A simple funeral plan can give you peace of mind that:
Get in touch with Reassured for your personalised funeral plan quote. We’re here to help (and we don’t charge a fee).
Some of the reasons why people decide to have a no frills funeral instead of a traditional funeral may include:
Reasons why no frills funerals are growing in popularity include:
This could be due to various factors, including:
A direct cremation is a straight-forward cremation without a funeral service or ceremony beforehand.
The person who has died is taken straight into the care of the funeral provider and they take care of all the arrangements for a cremation to take place.
For this type of send-off, there’s no hearse, pallbearers, limousines or flowers and mourners don’t attend the cremation.
It’s also possible to have a direct burial, designed for those who wish for a low-cost, fuss-free burial, although these are far less common.
25% of funerals during the first lockdown in 2020 were direct cremations
A simple funeral usually includes a full-length service, a simple coffin, pallbearers and a funeral director to oversee the whole service.
However, there may not be a funeral procession with a traditional hearse and limousines. Instead, the deceased may be transported in a practical vehicle straight to the cremation or burial site.
This depends on whether you choose a direct cremation or a simple funeral with a cremation.
A direct cremation is the cheapest way to be cremated in the UK, usually costing less than a few thousand pounds.
For example, Co-op Funeralcare provide a direct cremation package priced at £1,313 in England and Wales, or at £1,230 if you’re in Scotland.
This package includes all the essential services for a direct cremation and covers doctors’ fees.
A simple funeral with a cremation is the next cheapest funeral available in the UK.
For example, Dignity offer a simple funeral package priced at £1,995 in England and Wales or £1,695 in Scotland.
This package includes all the essential services for a simple cremation funeral but doesn’t cover essential third-party fees.
Third-party services include:
These would need to be paid for on top of the package price and before the services can go ahead, so that’s important to bear in mind.
There’s also personalisation elements to consider too, such as flowers, the order of service and a memorial if one is required.
Cremation fees and other essential funeral costs vary across the UK, so the location of the funeral will also impact how much you pay in total.
£3,885 is the total average cost of a simple cremation funeral in the UK, including third-party fees.
No frills burial packages tend to cost the same as no frills cremation packages.
E.g. Dignity’s simple burial funeral package is also priced at £1,995 in England and Wales and £1,695 in Scotland.
The difference is that a burial plot must be purchased and the burial fee must be paid for the burial to go ahead.
Burial plots can cost from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds depending on its location in the UK.
Burial fees also vary across the country, so you may wish to contact your local funeral director to get a better idea of cost.
£5,033 is the total average cost of a simple burial funeral in the UK, including third-party fees.
When you lose a loved one, the list of to-dos can be overwhelming.
However, if you can find the time, it can be beneficial to compare several funeral packages from different providers.
By comparing the prices and features of each package, you can ensure your final choice provides best value for money.
Here’s a quick overview of some well-known providers and the no frills funeral options they can offer:
|Simplicity||Dignity||Memoria Low-Cost Funerals|
|Offer direct cremation and simple funeral packages for cremation||Offer direct cremation, direct burial and a simple funeral package for cremation or burial||Offer a simple funeral package for cremation or burial||Offer direct cremation and simple funeral packages for cremation or burial|
|Simple funeral packages allow you to arrange a family-led funeral service||Network of over 1,000 owned funeral directors in the UK||46 owned crematoria in the UK||Offer direct cremation with intimate funeral service|
|46 owned crematoria in the UK||Network of 1,200 owned and approved funeral directors in the UK||12 owned crematoria in the UK. Single Memoria burial site in Cardiff|
|Prices from £995||Prices from £1,230||Prices from £1,695||Prices from £950|
The information in this table has been taken from the separate providers' websites and is accurate as at 27/05/2021
Reassured aren’t able to help arrange a funeral for someone today but we can help you arrange a prepaid funeral plan to cover the cost of your own funeral in the future.
A funeral plan locks-in your funeral costs and ensures that loved ones are protected from higher funeral expenses when the time comes.
We’re an award-winning brokerage with over 11 years experience arranging financial protection for families across the UK.
Get in touch with our friendly team today for your free, no-obligation quotes.
*£19.11 per month pricing includes a £75 discount only available to Co-operative members and is based on a 50-year-old purchasing a Co-operative Simple Funeral Plan at £3,020 over the maximum term available of 25 years (total amount repayable £5,733.40) as of 1st March 2021
 SunLife (2021), Cost of Dying Report, sunlife.co.uk/costofdying2021
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