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In the UK, the average cost of a funeral with burial currently stands at £4,794.
This is a 5% decrease since 2020, when a basic funeral with burial cost £5,033.
When planning a funeral, it can be helpful to understand all the costs involved, especially if you’re on a budget.
In this guide, we breakdown the cost of a burial in the UK as well as look at the:
We also look at ways you can save money when arranging a burial funeral.
The data in this article has been sourced from the 2023 SunLife Cost of Dying Report
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According to the SunLife Cost of Dying Report, the average cost of a funeral is £3,953.
This figure is calculated based on the average cost of both burial and cremation funerals in the UK.
The total cost of dying, which includes the cost of a funeral, was averaged at £9,200 in 2022. This figure also includes the average amount spent on:
In 2022, the average cost of a burial was £4,794. This average cost is calculated based on burial funeral costs throughout the UK and includes:
However, the cost of a burial funeral will depend on various factors including:
The location, date and time of the funeral service
Where you live in the UK will affect the cost of a funeral. This is because funeral director fees and third-party fees vary from region to region.
For example, in London the average cost of a funeral is £5,283 whereas in Northern Ireland its much lower at £3,317.
Also, the date and time of the funeral will impact the cost. This is because most funeral directors and cemeteries charge additional fees for out of hours, bank holiday or weekend services.
The type of burial plot and its location
Cemetery fees and other burial ground fees vary across the UK. Additionally, some types of burial plots are less expensive than other types.
For example, a natural burial plot tends to be cheaper than a cemetery burial plot.
Natural burial plots also have fewer maintenance fees and lower cost grave markers.
Other factors such as the depth of the burial plot and whether you’re a local resident or not will impact the cost of a burial.
Optional extras included for the funeral
The total cost of a burial funeral is also determined by which elements you wish to include for the service.
For example, flower arrangements, limousines and a headstone are all optional extras which many people choose to include and will add to the cost of a funeral.
Furthermore, you’ll also need to consider the cost of the coffin and hearse you choose.
For example, a traditional wood coffin will be pricier than a basic cardboard coffin, and if you choose a non-traditional hearse then it’s likely you’ll pay more for this.
As mentioned, the average cost of a burial funeral includes funeral director fees, burial fees and clergy or celebrant fees.
We explain each of these costs in more detail below:
Funeral director fees
Funeral director fees cover all the professional services provided by the funeral director and their staff to arrange and carry out the funeral.
The services they may provide for a burial funeral include:
Funeral directors can tailor their services to suit your needs and budget.
Every funeral director should provide you with a price list of all their services, ensuring that you’re fully informed of the costs involved before making a final decision.
While most people choose to hire a funeral director to arrange a funeral, it’s not obligatory.
Third-party fees are for additional services required for a traditional burial funeral.
Burial fees include the cost of a new double-depth burial plot, digging of the grave and the interment (the burial itself).
When buying a burial plot, you become the owner of the lease rather than the plot itself. A burial plot lease can last between 50 and 100 years and is called the ‘Exclusive Right of Burial’. When the lease expires, it can be purchased by someone else.
Burial fees vary greatly throughout the UK, however, according to the Funeral Guide, the average cost of burial fees in 2020 were £1,698. This figure was based on the interment fee and a 50 year lease of the burial plot for a local resident.
Furthermore, the cost of burial plot at a council-owned cemetery for a non-resident of the local area can be more expensive than for a resident.
The minister or celebrant will charge a fee to lead the service at your chosen funeral venue.
According to SunLife, the average clergy fee was £174 and the average humanist celebrant fee was £210 in 2022.
Optional burial costs are for the additional elements of a funeral that aren’t essential but tend to be included for a send-off.
These costs contribute to the total cost of dying in the UK which is £9,200.
The table below shows how much people spent on average in 2022 on the optional extras for a burial funeral:
|Optional extras||Average cost|
|Additional limousine hire||£353|
Other optional costs you may need to consider when arranging a burial include:
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The average cost of a burial funeral varies significantly from region to region in the UK.
Find out the average cost of burial in your area from the table below:
|South East & East of England||£5,105|
|East and West Midlands||£4,849|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||£4,711|
|South West England||£4,039|
|North East England||£4,395|
|North West England||£4,330|
It’s no surprise that London is the most expensive location for a burial funeral. In fact, it’s a staggering 74% higher than the national average.
London has the most expensive cemeteries, and the cost of a burial plot is much higher in the city than any other region.
For example, the London Borough of Richmond Council charge upwards of £2,363 for a burial plot, plus £1,569 for the interment.
Northern Ireland is the least expensive location for a burial funeral. In fact, it’s 34% below the national average.
As part of the overall funeral cost, burial fees include the average cost of burial in a new double-depth burial plot.
As mentioned, burial plots in the UK are leased for a set period of time (usually between 50 - 100 years), rather than sold permanently.
The lease is called an ‘Exclusive Right of Burial’ and can be purchased from the cemetery or burial ground owner directly.
An Exclusive Right of Burial ensures that multiple family members can use the burial plot (depending on its depth) and that no-one else can be buried there during that time.
The cost of a burial plot ranges from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds depending on the location of the cemetery or burial ground.
Other factors that determine the cost of a burial plot include:
In the table below you’ll find some example prices of the Exclusive Right of Burial and interment fee for a local resident at council run cemeteries in the UK.
|Cemetery||Exclusive Right of Burial||Interment fee|
|Preston City Council||£1,013 (75 years)||£576|
|Horsham District Council||£1,338 (100 years)||£645|
|Folkstone & Hythe Council||£629 (100 years)||£705|
|Newcastle City Council||£1,009 (50 years)||£885|
|Plymouth City Council||£1,440 (50 years)||£935|
|Highland Council||£599 (lease unspecified)||£959|
As you can see, prices vary significantly depending on the location of the burial.
If you’ve having a cremation and wish to bury the ashes in an existing grave, then this service can cost from around £100 in the UK.
Additionally, you must own the lease of the existing grave (Exclusive Right of Burial) for the ashes to be buried there.
The table below shows some example prices for interring cremated remains in council run cemeteries across the UK.
Bear in mind, these prices are for interment of ashes only, and don’t include the fee for the cremation itself or any other costs involved when arranging a cremation.
|Preston City Council||£109|
|Folkstone & Hythe Council||£153|
|Plymouth City Council||£200|
|Horsham District Council||£225|
|Newcastle City Council||£267|
Other costs you may need to consider for burial of ashes in an existing grave include:
We have a full guide to the cost of cremation in the UK if you might consider arranging a cremation funeral »
Burial fees are significantly higher than cremation fees in the UK.
This is because, with a cremation, it’s not necessary to purchase a burial plot or pay an interment fee unless you wish to bury the ashes.
Most families choose to scatter the ashes which usually doesn’t cost anything at all.
In the UK, the average cost of a basic cremation funeral is £3,673; around 30% cheaper than the average burial funeral.
There’s also the option of a direct cremation, which is a cremation without a funeral service and costs on average £1,511.
The table below shows the difference in average burial fees vs cremation fees for each region:
|Region||Cremation fees||Burial fees|
|Yorkshire & the Humber||£922||£1,928|
|East of England||£944||£1,386|
Source: Funeral Guide
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The average cost of a memorial, such as a traditional headstone, is currently £1,064 according to the SunLife Cost of Dying report.
Many families spend more on the memorial than they do on any other part of the send-off.
However, the cost of a headstone can vary significantly in price depending on many factors such as the type, size and material.
A memorial can be tailored to the style of your choice and a funeral director can help you with selecting the most suitable option.
The cost of a woodland funeral in the UK depends on a number of factors, such as the location of the burial ground.
A burial plot in a natural woodland setting could cost from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds.
You’d also need to consider the interment fee which could cost a few hundred pounds on top of the plot cost.
For example, Eden Valley Burials in Kent (operated by the Natural Death Centre Charity) charges £1,675 for an adult woodland grave and £695 for the interment.
In comparison, the City of London Cemetery charges £1,300 for an adult woodland grave and £1,734 for the interment.
The logistics of arranging a burial at sea can be complicated, which subsequently has an impact on the cost.
Firstly, a self-service marine license for sea burial must be purchased from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which costs £50.
Secondly, the services of a funeral director (perhaps with experience of arranging burials at sea) may be required.
They may charge upwards of a few thousand pounds, much like a traditional funeral on land.
There are also requirements as to the type of coffin and how it’s prepared for a sea burial.
For example, it must have holes drilled throughout and there must have 200kg of metal or concrete clamped to the base to ensure that the coffin sinks to the seabed.
There will also be third-party services to consider, including a boat hire company and crew that are experienced and equipped with handling a burial at sea.
This may cost an additional few thousand pounds. For example, ‘Burials at Sea’ based on the Isle of Wight charge from £2,785 for their services.
For an additional cost, they can arrange a suitable coffin, additional boat hire for mourners and liaise with a funeral director on your behalf.
There are three different locations in England where burials at sea are permitted to take place:
Making financial provisions for your own funeral can help to alleviate money worries for your family when the time comes.
With an over 50s plan, you can have peace of mind knowing that a lump sum will be paid out when you pass away as a contribution for your funeral expenses.
Acceptance is guaranteed if you’re aged 50 - 85 and you can secure up to £20,000 depending on your personal circumstances.
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