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Funeral planning on a budget

Planning a funeral is an emotional task, but funeral planning on a budget can make this time even more stressful.

Unlike many traditional funeral options, A Simplicity Cremation is a simple, lower-cost option that provides everything needed for a respectful and dignified send off, ideal for those planning a funeral on a budget.


Why choose a budget funeral?

With the average funeral in the UK costing over £4000*, a growing number of families are seeking more cost effective or ‘budget funeral’ options.

Some families simply do not see the value in the often costly, ceremonial elements of a traditional funeral and would prefer something more simple, whilst other families will, unfortunately, face financial difficulties when making funeral arrangements for a loved one. Fortunately, it is possible to arrange a dignified, respectful funeral on a budget.


How much does a budget funeral cost?

The cost of a budget funeral depends entirely on the type and the elements of a funeral you choose to include.

The easiest way to reduce the overall cost of a funeral is to remove some of the non-essential parts, which are often associated with the procession (before the funeral) or funeral service itself. This could include saving costs on funeral cars, floral tributes or choosing cremation over burial.

At Simplicity, we specialise in simple, affordable cremations, from just £995.


Budget cremations from Simplicity

A Simplicity Cremation is ideal for those who want to keep funeral costs down, or if the person who died wanted a simpler send off.

We provide the essential elements of a funeral, without the obligation to pay for the ceremonial elements you may not want.

Our funeral packages start at £995 and include:

- cremation fees
- doctor’s fees
- provision of a simple coffin
- transport of your loved one in a specialised funeral vehicle
- care in our quality mortuary facilities

Our funerals do not include embalming, a procession, the provision of a hearse and limousines or a team of pallbearers. They are organised without face-to-face interaction with a Funeral Director, by our team of telephone-based funeral arrangers, allowing us to offer substantial savings in comparison to the cost of the average funeral.

Whatever your reason for planning a budget funeral, we believe everybody deserves a compassionate and dignified farewell. That’s why we offer a range of funerals to suit all needs and budget; from a respectful direct cremation to a funeral with a service arranged by the family.


Choose from our range of budget funerals

At Simplicity, we believe you should have choice in how you say goodbye to your loved one, even when you are arranging a funeral on a budget.

While some providers will only offer one budget funeral option, we offer 3 low cost funeral packages, so you can choose the package that suits your family and your loved one’s wishes.

All of our budget funerals are available throughout the whole of mainland Great Britain.


Direct cremation from £995

A direct cremation is the most cost effective alternative to a traditional funeral, because the cremation takes place without a funeral service beforehand or any mourners present.

Many families choose this dignified funeral option because they prefer the freedom to spend their money on a later event to celebrate their loved one's life, at a time and place away from the crematorium.

We refer to our direct cremation service as an Unattended Funeral, which is available from £995.


A small funeral from £1,395

Many funeral providers only offer direct cremation to those seeking a low cost funeral option. At Simplicity, we appreciate that some people are not comfortable with the cremation taking place without being present at the crematorium.

The Intimate Funeral provides a short time in the crematorium chapel for a small group of family and friends to say a few words or reflect as they wish. You will also have the option to choose a piece of music to be played in the chapel.

This option is ideal if you do not want to arrange a full funeral service, but you’d still like the opportunity to say a final goodbye to your loved one.

You can arrange an Intimate Funeral from £1,395.


A cremation with a funeral service arranged by you from £1,895

A Family Led Funeral gives you the flexibility to organise a personalised, family-led service in the crematorium chapel. This allows you to celebrate your loved one’s life in a way that suits you and your family, without the high price tag often associated with a full-service funeral.

We’ll take care of your loved one in our professional mortuary facilities, transport them to the crematorium in a specialist funeral vehicle and arrange a funeral time that is convenient to you and your family, then it’s over to you to make the arrangements for the service itself, however, you see fit.

You can arrange a family-led ceremony by choosing the exact funeral arrangements you want, including the ceremonial format, music, readings, visual tributes and the selection of minister or celebrant.  To keep costs to a minimum, you could alternatively ask a family member or friend to lead the service.

You’ll receive dedicated support from our team throughout the entire arrangement process; our funeral arrangers will be at the end of the phone to help you with any decisions for the day and a crematorium assistant will be present on the day of the cremation to ensure everything runs smoothly.

For additional guidance, you may find our guide to planning a funeral service helpful. 

The Family Led Funeral is available from £1,895. The return of ashes is included in the price of our Family Led Funeral and Intimate Funeral. For more information on what’s included as part of our funeral packages, see our funeral prices.


What about budget funeral plans?

As funeral costs continue to rise, many people worry about the potential financial impact their own funeral may have on their family. If you are looking to take care of your funeral costs ahead of time, a Prepaid Funeral Plan is one of the most affordable ways to do so.

Putting a plan in place can also help ensure your wishes are carried out when the time comes and means your family will not be left wondering what you would have wanted.

We offer three budget funeral plans based on the number of people you’d like to attend your funeral, starting £1,495 if paid within 12 months or as little as £15.97 a month^.

If you like the sound of a Simplicity Cremation for yourself, but your not ready to purchase a plan, our free share your wishes form could be for you. Simply fill out the form and we’ll send you everything you need to let your family know you’d like a budget funeral from Simplicity Cremations.


If you need help arranging a funeral for a loved one who has recently passed away, or for yourself in the future, contact us today. Our expert team of funeral arrangers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


*The average cost of a basic funeral in the UK is currently £4,184, SunLife (2021), Cost of Dying Report,

^Instalment figure shown is for a Lily Plan being paid over 120 months. There is an extra charge if you spread the cost over more than 12 months. Alternative fixed instalment periods are available, provided that all payments over any instalment term longer than 12 months are completed by the 80th birthday of the eldest person named on the plan.

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