Funeral Costs, Pricing & Disbursements

Following the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) market investigation into the funeral sector it is compulsory that every funeral director has a Standardised Price List. The Standardised Price List is detailed below and is also available to download as a PDF. You’re also welcome to visit our funeral home to get your own copy to take away for reflection.
The Standardised Price List enables you to compare local funeral directors on a like-for-like basis based on the CMA’s attended funeral service and unattended funeral service specifications.

Download Standardised Price List

You can also view our crematoria and cemetery fees or download by following this link

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Standardised Funeral Price List

All funeral directors are legally required to publish this Price List for a standardised set of products and services. This is to help you think through your options and make choices, and to let you compare prices between different funeral directors (because prices can vary)

Attended Funeral

ATTENDED FUNERAL (funeral director's charges only)
This is a funeral where family and friends have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person at the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.
 £2,100
Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements£1,010
Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15 miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care£195
Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities. The deceased person will be kept at the funeral director’s branch premises.£295
Providing a suitable coffin – this will be made from oak veneer£195
Viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director (where viewing is requested by the customer)£10
At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle£395

Unattended Funeral

UNATTENDED FUNERAL
This is a funeral where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself.
 
Burial (funeral director’s charges only)£550
Cremation (funeral director’s charges plus the cremation fee)2£995

Fees you must pay

For an Attended or Unattended burial funeral, the burial fee.1
In this local area, this is the typical cost of the burial fee for local residents.
For a new grave, you will also need to pay for the plot; for an existing grave with a memorial in place, you may need to pay a removal/replacement fee. In addition, the cemetery may charge a number of other fees.
£800 - £1,210
For an Attended cremation funeral, the cremation fee.2
In this local area, the typical cost of a cremation for local residents is:
£805 - £1,175
Please discuss any specific religious, belief-based and/or cultural requirements that you have with your funeral director.

Additional Funeral Director Products & Services

This funeral director may be able to supply a range of optional, additional products and services, or to arrange (on your behalf) for a third party to supply them. Examples include:
Additional mileage (price per mile)£0.50
Additional transfers of the deceased person’s body (e.g. to their home,
to a place of worship etc.) (price per transfer)
£295
Collection and delivery of ashes£55
Embalming£140
Funeral officiant (e.g. celebrant, minister of religion etc.)£P.O.A.
Services supplied outside of normal office hours£60
The funeral director can give you a full list of what they can supply. They are likely to charge for these additional products and services, so you may choose to take care of some arrangements without their involvement, or you can use a different supplier.

Price for Cremation

If you do not currently have a preference for a crematorium to hold the service, the closest three are shown below. Each crematorium has different times and seating capacities.

Crematoria

Monday - FridayStandard PriceReduced FeeUnattended Fee
North Herts Hitchin
Seating Capacity - 100
Visit website
£995 (9,10,11,15,16)
£1045 (12,13,14)
(40 minute service)
£840
8am, 9am, 10am
(20 minute service)
£450
Harwood Park Stevenage
Seating Capacity - 80
Visit website
£1,175
(35 minute service)
N/AN/A
The Vale Luton
Seating Capacity - 120
Visit website
£805
(50 minute service)
N/A£445
before 9am or after 4pm
£665
between 9am and 4pm

Cemeteries

CouncilPurchase of exclusive rightsInterment fee (single depth)Interment fee (double depth)
ResidentNon-ResidentResidentNon-ResidentResidentNon-Resident
North Herts£1,200£4,800£820£3,280£1,210£4,840
Stevenage£1,150£3,450£800£2,400£980£2,670

Church of England Churchyard burials

Church of England Churchyard burialsPrice
Burial in a churchyard proceeding a church service£331
Burial in a churchyard on a separate occasion£360
Grave Digger for burial in churchyardPOA

Terms of Business

For all arrangements a minimum of £250 deposit is required in advance of the funeral. The balance is due 30 days from the date of the invoice. County Funerals accepts payment by Credit and Debit Card, Cash, Cheque or Bank Transfer. County Funerals retains the title to all goods supplied and rights obtained from third parties until full payment is received. If payment has been requested from the DWP, A Bank, or the Estate we require copies of eligibility to hold the account.

Disclosure of interests
County Funerals confirms: It is owned by County Funerals. It has not made any material charitable donation, charitable contribution or payment of a gratuity to a third party connected to the funeral sector. County Funerals have no interest in any price comparison website that compare funeral director and/or crematoria services.

Funeral Disbursements

The cost of a funeral is made up of two different types of fees Funeral Director fees and Disbursements these are third-party costs associated with the funeral, such as doctor’s fees, florists, newspapers and officiant fees.

Doctors’ Fees

Doctors’ Fees are a legal requirement for cremations only.
Currently, due to COVID-19 only one doctor is needed to sign the Certificate of Cremation, with a fee of £82. Please note that this is subject to change at any time, back to the usual statutory requirement of 2 doctors, where the charge is £164.

If the Coroner is involved, doctor’s fees are not required.

Officiant / Minister

The funeral service will usually be taken by a funeral celebrant or a minister. They will address the congregation and, if requested, provide a eulogy to your loved one. We offer guidance on choosing a minister or celebrant to preside over your loved one’s funeral service, but you are equally welcome to use somebody you already have a preference for.

Popular choices to lead a cremation service are Religious leaders, Civil celebrants, Humanist or Friends and members of the family.
The fee for an Officiant or Minister is between £198 – £250.

Burial Plot & Cemetery Fees

Costs to buy the exclusive rights of burial vary for borough and cemetery. Burial plots also vary in price, depending on the location within the actual graveyard. We can let you know prices based on your specific requirements, but prices start from £1920 (North Herts Cemeteries) for the purchase of a plot and a single depth interment.

1 This fee (which is sometimes called the interment fee) is the charge made for digging and closing a new grave, or for reopening and closing an existing grave.
2 In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you will usually need to pay doctors’ fees as well. This is the charge for two doctors to sign the Medical Certificates for Cremation.

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