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A Guide To Dealing With Funeral Costs

Dealing with funeral costs

Dealing with funeral costs is often a challenging task that is overwhelming, particularly during the grieving process. After losing a loved one, money should be the last thing anyone should have to worry about. Unfortunately, funeral costs can add up very quickly, and be a financial burden to those responsible. At Douch Family Funeral Directors, we understand the financial pressures families are placed under. For this, we have put together a comprehensive guide to dealing with funeral costs. This will let you know what to expect and how to manage it.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a funeral varies depending on several factors. For example, the location, type of service, and added extras all play a part in determining the final cost. On average, a funeral in the UK costs around £3800. This is without the additional extras such as upgraded caskets and catering services. Funerals are rarely a ‘one size fits all’ approach, which is where many people benefit from bespoke funeral packages.

Who must pay?

The question of who pays for the funeral is a sensitive issue and can become quite complicated. This is quite often the case when a loved one passes away unexpectedly. In many cases, the deceased would have had a pre-paid funeral plan in place. Alternatively, many leave money in their estate to cover the funeral costs. If this is the case, the executor of the estate will be responsible for paying the costs. In other cases, the next of kin will take responsibility for the funeral costs.

Pre-paid funeral plans

At Douch Family Funeral Directors, we offer pre-paid funeral plans in Dorset to reduce the financial burden on loved ones. A major benefit of this option is that the family doesn’t have to guess what type of funeral the deceased would have wanted, as they have organised everything prior to their death. Additionally, our pre-paid funeral costs in Dorset will not change over time. Opting for this package means you would pay today’s price as long as the requirement don’t change down the line.

Payment options

To help with funeral costs, our funeral services are all available with payment plan options. Some wish to pay the funeral costs in one lump sum, whereas others spread it out over regular instalments. At Douch, we have an array of payment plans to suit your needs. You could also be entitled to support from the Bereavement Support Payment fund. Find out more by visiting or seeking help from your local Jobcentre Plus Branch.

If you or someone you know is looking into funeral costs or pre-paid funeral plans, our helpful team is here to help. We offer help with funeral costs at our Douch Family Funeral Directors in Wimborne, Swanage, Ferndown, and across Dorset. For more information speak to a member of our team by calling 01202 367307 or filling out our contact form.


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