Not having several branches and lots of overheads will enable me to charge a lower fee for all the services that a funeral director with branches and its own veichles. I operate on a home visit basis. Having provisionally mutually agreed and booked the day and time of the funeral over the telephone, the final arrangments and paperwork signed in the comfort of the relatives own home. This reduces the needs to have an office needing rent and business rates to be paid on, pushing up the costs. A free curtessy car is arranged to take relatives from their home to the chapel of rest which has been agreed with a funeral director in a nearby town.
"I do not agree with funeral directors charging excessive prices for coffins, most peoples view on this is why pay hundreds for a coffin. Coffins are brought in by suppliers from £45. I make no profit on the coffins I supply to family's. I only charge for the coffin required by the relatives, fully lined throughout. engraved plate of inscription, with the required external fittings." I will supply a funeral to the relatives comprising of a hearse and one limousine, going from their home to the local crematorium, all disbursments included for £1,860. If there is a distance involved there will be additional minimal charges, but no nasty surprises.Everything is discussed and agreed before the funeral". I am an associate member of The Society of Allied Independent Funeral directors, I have ten years experience in the profession, and would like to offer the right low priced funerals to the community.
For less than £3,000 total the relatives can have a complete funeral with a horse drawn carriage. My business will really benefit relatives with little money without compromising on service levels.
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I am a funeral director, who charges a low set fee of £850 for arranging the funeral, provision of chapel of rest with another funeral director in my area. The rest of the services are provided at cost price, so no nasty shocks with high priced coffins.