Average cremation costs and how to save yourself money

Cremation costs differ depending on how elaborate or simple you would like the funeral you're arranging to be.

At Distinct Cremations, our focus is to provide simple and affordable cremation funerals with no compromise when it comes to dignity and compassion. Give our respectful team a call for more information about our services.

How much does cremation cost?

The average cremation costs in the UK in 2023 were £3,795, making cremation a less expensive option when compared with traditional burial costs.[1]

Organising a cremation funeral can cost you a lot more or a lot less depending on whether you'd like a traditional or simplified send off. Cremation costs will be higher for an elaborate funeral than if you were to choose something more pared down or alternative.

Whichever type of funeral you choose you can make it unique to your loved one with personal touches.

[1] The average cost of a cremation in 2023 was £3,795 and a burial was £5,077 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, sunlife.co.uk/funeral-costs)

Cremation costs in the UK

A cheaper alternative to a conventional cremation is a direct cremation. Direct cremations are cremations that take place without a funeral service or mourners in attendance.

Average UK cremation costs

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The average UK cremation costs £3,795[2] which gives an indication of how much you could expect to pay.

However, whether you're organising a funeral for a loved one or planning ahead for yourself, cultural, religious or personal preferences may affect the price.

Average direct cremation cost

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Direct cremation costs £1,498[3] on average and can make it simpler to arrange a funeral at a difficult time.

Instead of bringing your family together for a traditional service, direct cremation allows you to remember your loved one in a personal and unique way instead.

A Distinct Cremations cremation - From £1,099

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At our direct cremation service, the deceased rests in the chapel whilst a song of the family's choice is played before the cremation takes place.

Alternatively, we offer a simple attended cremation service which gives the chance for close family members and friends to pay their respects.

[2] The average cost of a cremation in 2023 was £3,795 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, sunlife.co.uk/funeral-costs)

[3] The average cost of a direct cremation in 2023 was £1,498 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, sunlife.co.uk/funeral-costs)

Cremation cost by region

As well as the type of cremation you choose, the local region also has an impact on the average cost of a cremation funeral. Those who live in Greater London can expect to pay the most whereas cremations in Scotland are the most affordable.

Those living in a more expensive area may like to consider a nationwide funeral provider. Paying for a funeral with a provider that has one set price for their services throughout the UK could work out cheaper than paying a local funeral director.

Region Average cremation cost[4]
Greater London £3,200
South East £3,092
West Midlands £2,917
South West £2,750
East £2,670
Yorkshire & Humber £2,668
North East £2,641
East Midlands £2,639
North West £2,608
Wales £2,497
Scotland £2,435

[4] Costs according to independent research carried out by Legal & General in 2022

What is the cheapest form of cremation?

Direct cremation is the cheapest way to have a cremation and offers an alternative for those who aren't able to afford a more expensive option. You can have a dignified and direct cremation with Distinct Cremations or a simple attended service.

Find our services below or alternatively you can view our CMA standardised price list.

Unattended Cremation

From £1,099

Our unattended cremation is a great choice for those looking for a simple, low-cost unattended cremation without a funeral ceremony. Unattended cremations take place with no service or mourners present at our high-quality crematoria where dignified care is guaranteed throughout.

Attended Cremation

From £1,499

Our attended, personal cremation is perfect for those looking for a fuss-free farewell and a final chance to say goodbye. With our dignified and affordable attended cremations you can have up to 8 people attend a 10 minute service or up to 20 people attend a 20 minute service.

Both of our services include only what's necessary to keep them affordable but deliver care and compassion at every stage.

We collect your loved one, care for them at our professional mortuary, carry out the cremation and personally hand deliver or scatter the ashes. We also support you with completing all of the necessary paperwork.

Even if you were planning to spend money on a larger send off, having a direct cremation frees up funds to be used elsewhere instead.

  • You may like to gift the money to your family to give them more financial stability.
  • The money could be used to celebrate the life of your loved one in a way that reflects their hobbies and interests.
  • You could even donate the money to the hospital, hospice or care home that looked after your loved one in life.

Breakdown of cremation costs

There are some cremation fees you will need to pay regardless of the type of cremation and funeral provider you choose.

Different funeral providers include different funeral costs in their prices, so shop around to find a funeral provider that includes what you would like, without you having to pay for additional extras that you don't want to use.

Necessary cremation costs

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  • Crematorium fees
  • Doctor's fee - £82 (Unless the death is investigated by a coroner)
  • Death certificate - £11
  • Coffin
  • Transport of the deceased to the crematorium

Optional cremation costs

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  • Plot to bury the ashes
  • Urn
  • Celebrant
  • Pallbearers
  • Flowers
  • Orders of service
  • Embalming and viewing of the deceased
  • Death notice/obituary

If you would like to have a wake or celebration of your loved one's life, there will be additional costs involved with arranging this too.

Choosing a cremation provider

Choosing a funeral provider who specialises in the funeral you want can help to minimise your cremation costs and the support they offer can also bring you great peace of mind.

  1. Look into how funeral providers differ from one another. You can compare direct cremation providers via our comparison table.
  2. Read reviews to see other people's experiences of the providers you're considering. We're proud to say our customers' reviews on the independent rating site Feefo give us a 4.9/5.
  3. Don't feel rushed to make an instant decision. Take your time to digest your options. For more detailed information about our services, our free funeral guide is available to download online.

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Get in touch with us today

If you'd like to chat with someone to explain the details about our cremation services at any point or you have specific questions you'd like to ask, please do get in touch. We're here to support you.

Call us on 01543212000

How to reduce cremation costs

Having a cremation without a funeral or keeping the funeral simple are two ways to lower cremation costs. But there are also ways to get help with paying or spread the costs over a longer period to make them more affordable.

Financial support

Worried that funeral costs will stretch your finances? There are many different ways to pay for a funeral and depending on your financial situation there may be help available to you.

  • If you already receive some governmental benefits, you could also be eligible for support with paying for a funeral.
  • Depending on your profession or the profession of your loved one, there may be charity support available to you too.
  • If your loved one had money or assets these can be used to cover the funeral costs. It can take time to access these funds though so payment will most likely need to be made in another way in the meantime.

Funeral plans

One way to set your mind at rest about cremation costs is with a cremation plan which is a funeral plan specifically for a cremation. Funeral plans let you choose and pay for a funeral ahead of time and can help alleviate financial concerns.

  • You know exactly how much the funeral will cost, removing any doubt and giving you clarity.
  • You can either pay upfront in a single payment or spread the cost via monthly payments to make the individual payments more affordable.
  • Even if funeral prices rise in future, the price of the funeral plan won't change so you will be protected from inflation and won't have to pay any extra.

Other useful resources

Continue your research to keep your cremation costs affordable and find a funeral service that suits your preferences. Or give us a call to discuss our cremation funerals on 01543 212000.

How to have a low cost funeral

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Still concerned about cremation costs? There are several steps you can take to minimise your funeral expenses. Explore the different ways to keep costs as low as possible.

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Below are a selection of reviews from those who have arranged a funeral or purchased a funeral plan through Distinct Cremations.

"Smooth and straightforward purchase with plenty of contact and feedback."

“Easy to use and very helpful. Very easy to use their services and always called with updates. Sorry to say I've had to use their services twice now and I've already booked my own service. On both times I've used this service I've been kept informed by calls to everything going on. All my requests were made to feel like no trouble whatsoever, happy to help attitude made what was a very emotional time pass with no problems. Ty to all the teams involved"

"Quick and easy to arrange. Very good value. The information pack arrived days after I made my enquiry. It was so easy to arrange the plan that I wanted. The follow up call was very reassuring. I am very happy with the service provided."

"Already recommended to other family members. Easy to access and apply for a plan at a good price, and even better, in 20 years time there will be no additional cost. It's not a subject that anyone wants to think about but now I have it sorted it has given me peace of mind knowing my family won't have the worry or cost when that time comes, now I can forget it and enjoy many more years, highly recommended. Hassle free application that was completed in minutes but I'm not planning on using this plan anytime soon!!"

"I was very pleased with the prompt efficient service that I got, everything was explained to me, and the paperwork was easy to understand, and there was no pressure put on me for a decision. I would most certainly recommended this company for price and efficiency."

“Happy with everything. We were well pleased with the consultant Sarah Mills she was very helpful and made us feel very confident that we were doing the right thing about our funeral plan."

"Positive without being pushy. Easy to understand the scheme, helpful brochure and a realistic price. The staff I contacted were polite and professional. Great value. An ideal alternative for those of us who don't want a lot of fuss."

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