THE STANDARD CHARGE IS £460.
This includes taking care of all the necessary forms and liaising with both hospital and crematorium, provision of light oak veneer coffin and all transportation.
It does NOT include:
The two doctors' certificates (currently £160) essential unless the coroner takes responsibility and issues his own form which is free.
The crematorium fee - this varies between £515 and about £600 for a normal daytime appointment depending which crematorium is used.
However some crematoria offer the first two appointments at a much lower rate and I currently use:
In South-West London - Putney Vale £284 at 9.40 am and North London - Islington £310 at 10.15 am.
(Unfortunately all the crematoria charges can increase by about £10 most years.)
There is usually an additional fee if a priest is also required to officiate at the crematorium.
It is, therefore, possible to carry out a cremation at an accessible crematorium in London for: £900 or £930
(reduced to £740 or £770 if the coroner is involved.)
This compares with a recent survey (June 2014) finding the average cremation cost in London of £3,450 !!
However regular undertakers often provide many expensive services and have high overheads so it is difficult and unfair to compare my simple, friendly service with their formal ceremony.
THE SOCIAL FUND: This is a grant of up to £700 plus the crematorium fee if the next-of-kin taking responsibility is receiving usually housing benefit or income support. I am always pleased to help clients with the extra forms and if they have letters showing they are eligible then no prior payment is necessary.
Social Fund payments are at the discretion of the Fund so it is best to choose if possible an early morning crematorium appointment to lessen the amount 'at risk'.
The main reasons are: Low Cost and Informality
Low Cost: A recent survey (June 2014) said the average cost of cremation is now £3,450 !! This is justified by the high overheads and services provided - the expensive hearse and limousines and usually 6 coffin-bearers etc.
Only the clients can decide how essential these expenses are or if they are happy to make their own way to the crematorium and start their service with the coffin already in place.
For those eligible for the Social Fund the grant fully covers our charges but for many others this help in not available and it can be a real worry how to afford such a sudden and great expense.
We hope our low-cost option is worth consideration.
Informality: Many, and especially the elderly, say they do not want a lot of fuss and would be happy to have just a few friends and relations attending to say some kind words.
With most funerals, the arrival of the hearse and then six bearers bringing the coffin into the chapel establishes a very formal atmosphere which persists. With the coffin already in place, people are more instinctive and when they enter the empty chapel will go to the coffin, hold it and often speak directly to the deceased. A far friendlier and natural reaction to being with their loved-one. After some favourite music and exchange of memories most feel they have managed to be close and involved in this final farewell.
Our base is in Central London so we offer our service to all parts of Greater London.
With our charges almost certainly the lowest in UK it seems fair that all Londoners, for once, should benefit from low cost.
49 Moreton Terrace, London SW1V 2NS.
Mobile: 07889 – 287 185
After a first phone call or e-mail, a meeting is most desirable as
this will help you decide what is important for you and if you want us
I can travel to see you and discuss – without, of course, any obligation to proceed.
Low cost is important but I hope our very individual and friendly
approach also shows that we care for and respect both the deceased and
the close relatives and friends at a difficult time.