Costs and Paying for the Funeral

With so many things to consider, organising a funeral can seem daunting, especially when it comes to costs. We understand that not everyone will be aware of the costs involved, that’s why we are committed to being open and honest with you.

Our latest prices can be found online, these will give you an idea of the costs typically involved with arranging a funeral. Remember though that, as each funeral is individual, the costs will vary, depending on your wishes.

We’ll explain what fees are unavoidable, where the choices you make may influence costs and help guide you through what needs to be done.
Once you’ve talked to us about the type of funeral you wish to arrange, we’ll prepare a breakdown of the estimated costs. If you wish to make changes at this stage, let us know, but remember that this may affect the cost.

No one wants you to worry about money at a time like this, so if you have any concerns about costs or how you’re going to pay for things, talk to you as soon as possible. There may be things that we can change to help make things more affordable or we can also help you look at any grants that you may be eligible for that could help cover some of the costs.

The cost of a funeral includes the following:

  • Professional Fees – this covers our professional services including appropriate advice, support and guidance. It also covers all personnel necessary to make the funeral arrangements including completion of all documentation and liaison with all necessary third parties
  • Caring for the deceased – bringing them into our care, preparation and presentation, and the use of a private viewing room
  • The coffin or casket
  • Additional charges such as a hearse, limousines and flowers
  • Third party payments made on your behalf such as flowers, cemetery/crematoria fees, newspaper notices, doctor’s fees, officiant fees etc.

Some of the costs – such as fees – are fixed and cannot be adjusted; others will depend on the choices you make.

No one will expect you to commit to something you can’t afford or take on a debt that you cannot cope with. If you have any concerns, talk to us as soon as possible – and before you sign the estimate.

We issue invoices around one week after the funeral and our terms are 28 days. As with everything else, if you have any questions or concerns, contact us and we’ll do all we can to help.

Invoices can also be sent to you solicitor to deal with on your behalf.

We accept payment by cash, cheque or card – details of how you can pay are included on the invoice.

Please be aware that we often send out feedback questionnaires to help us improve our services in the future. Please do not feel obliged to complete it if you do not feel able to.

*Scotmid Co-operative Members are offered a £100 discount on our professional fees.

 

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