Cost of Cremation: What does Cremation Cost in the UK?

Cost of Cremation: What does Cremation Cost in the UK?

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In the UK, there are many options for simple cremations. This guide helps you organise a low cost cremation which is right for your loved one, in minutes. 



Cremation Cost in the UK: 5 important things to know.



If you wish to simplify your funeral costs, cremation might be the best choice. The cost of cremation in the UK is much less than a burial. You could then use your extra savings for the funeral service, or do a cremation with ceremony, in order to deal with only the cheapest funeral costs. Either way, this guide will help you get what you prefer.



How much does a cremation cost in the UK?


The average cost of a funeral cremation in the UK ranges from £1000 for a direct cremation, to around £4000 for a cremation with a full funeral service. 



What is the cost of cremation compared to a burial in the UK?


The cost of burials is usually higher than the cost of cremation in the UK. With a burial, you need to take into account costs like the lease of a burial plot and digging and filling the grave. These prices vary depending on where your chosen grave plot is: it ranges from £550 in Belfast, to over £4700 for a grave in London. There may also be extra costs, like:

  • a ‘non-resident charge’ for someone who did not live in the area
  • an annual fee for keeping the gravesite neat
  • a charge to use the cemetery to conduct the funeral service


In total, you may be looking at an average cost of £5000 for a burial funeral service in the UK. If you would like to save on funeral costs, cremation is a better solution. 



What is included in the cremation cost?


When working out the basic funeral costs for a cremation funeral, certain fees should be taken into account. These include:

  • doctor’s fees to certify death 
  • the crematorium fees
  • cost for a celebrant or minister
  • the funeral director’s fees



Cremation Cost Breakdown


When trying to reduce the cost of cremation, it is helpful to understand exactly what the different fees that are mentioned above are for. Remember, if you are looking for the cheapest funeral costs, there are always ways to bring down your expenses. You can contact us directly (insert hyperlink) if you’d like to see most-affordable options for your unique situation.



Doctor’s Fees 

A doctor needs to certify the death. The necessary paperwork must be completed before a cremation can take place. If you are using a funeral director, check if this cost is included in their cheap funeral package



Crematorium Fees

For basic crematorium fees in the UK, the average cost will be around £823. This should cover a standard weekday time slot, for an adult. Though London is one of the most expensive regions for burial, it is actually one of the cheapest cremation regions. An average cremation at a local council crematorium in London is £755.



Funeral Service Costs

If you plan to hold a service, third party costs include:

  • the Celebrant or Minister’s Fees (ranging from £100 – £250)
  • flowers (average is around £184)
  • catering and venue hire (average is around £650)
  • limousine hire (about £320)



Funeral Director’s Fees

Enlisting the help of a funeral director is an optional expense, which can make the cost of cremation higher. However, in a time of loss it a funeral director can do a lot to take pressure off the grieving family. Funeral director’s fees may also include:

  • doctor’s fees
  • any forms or paperwork needed for the cremation
  • the collecting, storing, preparing of the deceased’s body
  • organising of the coffin, according to the family wishes
  • transportation of the casket to the crematorium


If you are worried about the cost of cremation, speak to your funeral director about how to simplify your choices. Your funeral director should have cheap funeral packages available for no frills cremations


The added benefit to using a funeral director, is that they can take care of every aspect of the funeral service, if you wish. At Fenix Funeral Directors, we are always available to create a funeral plan for you that includes a direct cremation. We are committed to helping you through this time in the way that works for you, so please speak to us (insert hyperlink) any time.



What is a Direct cremation?


A direct cremation is a simple cremation without a service. The deceased is collected during office hours and the cremation is carried out according to the schedule of the crematorium. There are no guests present and there is no committal ceremony. After cremation, the ashes can be delivered or collected, and a memorial service can be held with family and friends at a suitable time. 


The cremation cost for a direct cremation is around £1000, which should include the doctor’s fees for the death certificate and crematorium fees. Extra services, which can be added to this, include: 

  • delivery of ashes (around £150)
  • collecting the body after hours, or from a nursing home (around £550)
  • a memorial ceremony (the price depends on the type of ceremony you choose)


A direct cremation is a good choice if you are looking for a cheap cremation option that is discrete. Celebrities like musician David Bowie and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld requested direct cremation in their wills – it is not an uncommon option at all. If you’d like us at Fenix Funeral Directors to help you plan a direct cremation and memorial service, we’d be happy to create a minimal cost of cremation package that honours both your and your loved one’s wishes.





What happens during the cremation process?

When a casket is brought to the crematorium, it is on a platform in preparation for the committal. The committal is the process by which the casket is lowered or transferred into the committal room. In some instances it is lowered from a platform, and curtains are drawn around the casket. The paperwork is then checked by the crematorium staff before the casket is placed inside an incinerator. 


The actual cremation takes around an hour and a half. Once the process is complete, the ashes are left to cool and then are transferred into an urn for collection by the deceased’s next of kin. One can choose to have a funeral ceremony at the crematorium, or else have a prepaid direct cremation. This cremation only option is one of the cheap funeral packages available. 



What is the cheapest way to be cremated?

Perhaps the cheapest cremation option in the UK is to donate your body to science for a free cremation. If the deceased has donated their body to scientific study, the only cost that may apply is the transportation cost to move the body to the closest medical school. Once the school has completed the necessary training and research, they will usually organise a memorial, committal or thanksgiving service for the deceased. 


The body is then cremated, unless the next of kin have expressly requested the return of the body for private burial. This is the cheapest cremation option to choose if you don’t want to burden your dependents with the cost of a funeral. You can also have peace of mind that this generous donation will help young medical students in their studies and research. 


Keep in mind, however, that not every body is accepted for research. Sometime the cause of death requires an autopsy, or the condition of the body is not deemed suitable. For this reason, provision to pay for a simple cremation should be made, just in case. For more information on leaving your body as a donation to science, contact the Human Tissue Authority:



How much is a cremation in the UK?

The cost of cremation starts at around £1000 for the most basic direct cremation without a service. If you decide to have a funeral service and a ceremony at the crematorium, the cremation cost can be over £4000. At Fenix Funeral Directors we are equipped to arrange simple, no frills cremations, as well as more complex or elaborate services. Our dedication and focus is always towards you. This includes the needs of your loved ones, your budget, and what your exact circumstances are.