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Is cremation cheaper than burial?

The cost of a cremation is usually less than that of a traditional funeral. In the UK, the average basic cremation costs £3,858 whereas the average basic burial costs £4,975*.


What makes a cremation cheaper than a burial?

There are a number of differences between cremation and burial which you should consider before deciding on the type of funeral you'd like for your loved one. Cremation costs are typically lower than burial costs, and this can be down to several factors.


Savings on land costs

A traditional burial gives loved ones of the deceased a place to visit and reflect, but more often than not, a burial plot is positioned right next to hundreds of other plots and it comes at a price. In addition to the cost of the plot, you should also investigate how long the lease of the plot is, as unlike what most people believe, the purchase of a grave does not mean you own it forever. The cost of a burial can quickly escalate, so make sure you research all of the potential costs involved.

There are also additional charges to be considered if you’re expecting the cemetery to look after the plot for you or if you’re planning on having a headstone.

On the other hand, cremation doesn't require burial costs. With cremation, you'll have the ability for loved ones to scatter ashes in places where happier times were shared. Somewhere to visit that is peaceful, and doesn’t require a down payment on a plot of land. 


Funeral Director fees

Whether opting for a burial or cremation, using the services of a Funeral Director will also ultimately mean higher prices. Funeral Directors put many hours into providing the service you ask for, and you will be expected to pay for this.


Additional costs

Something else to consider when thinking about cremation vs burial is the cost of additional costs that may apply. With a traditional burial, this may include grave upkeep, plot type and even the time of day you'd like to hold the funeral. Cremation costs can be significantly less because these extra costs will not be applicable. 


Simplicity Cremations can be even cheaper

Where cost is a concern, a Simplicity Cremation may be the most cost effective option. Our range of cremations including unattended, intimate and attended funerals allow you to arrange a respectful funeral for your loved one that suits your needs and budget, starting from £995.

We provide our services without the assistance of a Funeral Director and keep our costs low by removing elements such as a procession, a hearse and limousines. Find out more about why you should choose Simplicity.


*SunLife (2020), Cost of Dying Report, sunlife.co.uk/costofdying2020 

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