Funeral Cost

The funeral cost is divided into two parts – the funeral director’s charges and the disbursements.

We’ll advise you on the costs likely to be incurred and provide a full written estimate and confirmation of details so you feel confident with the funeral commitment you have arranged.

Our charges include our professional services, including making the funeral arrangements, arranging documentation, personal attendance, provision of a 24 hour on-call service, conveyance of the deceased to our private chapel and the use of our chapel until the day of the funeral.

We know the last time you saw your loved one might be a distressing memory and, irrespective of whether you choose to visit them in our chapel of rest, we take great care of them, including hygienic treatment.

Disbursements

Disbursements are fees that we pay on behalf of the family, such as payment to doctors for completing the statutory cremation forms, crematorium, church or cemetery fees, the cost of obituary notices and floral tributes.

Our written estimate will highlight the estimated cost of disbursement but, given that they are fees to outside agencies, could be subject to slight variations.

Paying for the funeral

An invoice for the funeral and disbursements will be sent to you, your solicitor, bank or other designated person, approximately one week after the funeral has taken place.

It is possible for the account to be paid from any funds held in the deceased’s bank or building society account and most companies are willing to release funds for this purpose.

If there is not enough money to pay for the funeral you may be able to receive help from a Social Fund.  Contact our office for details of how to apply. You can also contact the local Benefits Agency on 01202 446000.

If you are dealing with the estate yourself, you may need to obtain Probate (a legally certified copy of the will) contact the local Probate Registry in Winchester on 01962 863771.