Costs and Paying for the Funeral

If you’ve never arranged a funeral – or if it’s been a long time since you have – you may not be aware of all the costs that are involved. Some are unavoidable; others will be influenced by the choices you make.

We are committed to being open and honest about costs, and to helping you make arrangements that reflect what you can afford – no one wants you to be worried about money at such a difficult time.

To help you get an idea of what things cost, Click here for our pricelist this should give you a rough idea of the sort of costs to expect.

Do remember that as every funeral is personal, costs will vary depending on what you decide on. There are also some costs that cannot be avoided and some which we have no influence over.

What happens?

After we’ve spoken to you about the type of funeral you wish to arrange, we will supply an estimate of what it will cost. If everything in the estimate is acceptable, you simply sign it and we begin to make arrangements for you. If you wish to make changes, let us know and we will adjust the plans and costing accordingly.

If you are worried by the costs, speak to us as soon as you can. We may be able to make adjustments that reduce the costs or help you access grants that could help pay for the funeral. Remember that not everyone is eligible for these payments and that they may not cover the full cost of the funeral.

What do the costs cover?

  • 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, newspaper notices, cemetery/crematoria fees, doctor’s fees, officiant fees etc

Some of these costs – such as various fees – are fixed, others will depend on the choices that you make.

If you are worried about how you will pay or how much things cost, talk to us before you sign the estimate – no one wants you to take on a debt that you can not cope with.

Making payments

We typically send out invoices around one week after the funeral takes place. Our terms are 28 days from the date on the invoice. Please contact us as soon as possible with any questions or queries.

We can send the invoice to your solicitor if you prefer.

Payments can be made in cash, by cheque or using a credit/debit card at our offices. We also accept card payments by phone, or if you prefer you can post a cheque to us.
In order to help ensure that we deliver the best possible service, we may ask you for feedback via a short and simple questionnaire. If you do not feel able to complete the questionnaire, please disregard it.

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

 

Click here for our pricelist