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What is the cheapest funeral possible?

We understand that funerals aren't typically cheap, and that planning a funeral for your loved one may leave you looking for funds that you may not have. This is especially the case if their death was sudden or unexpected. This can leave you wondering "what is the cheapest funeral you can have?" and "what does it include?". We've answered these questions and more below.


What's the cheapest way to arrange a funeral?

The cheapest way to arrange a funeral for a loved one is to choose a provider that offers low cost funeral options to arrange the funeral for you or to arrange a DIY funeral, meaning you’ll be responsible for arranging the proceedings yourself.

Although arranging elements such as floral tributes and transportation of the mourners can be easily arranged without a Funeral Director, there are also the practical elements you will have to consider such as where you will store your loved one’s body and how you will transport their body to the crematorium or cemetery on the day of the funeral. Arranging a DIY funeral can be a difficult process, so the decision to do so should not be taken lightly, despite the possible cost savings it can offer.


What is the cheapest funeral offered by a funeral provider?

The cheapest funeral options available will include only the essential elements of a funeral. At Simplicity, the cheapest funeral option we offer is a direct cremation.

Arranging an inexpensive cremation, such as a direct cremation with Simplicity, is a straightforward process. We know organising a funeral is something most people will be unfamiliar with, so unlike arranging a DIY funeral, we will take care of all of the practicalities, allowing you commemorate or celebrate the life of your loved one in a way that suits you as well as your family.

A Simplicity Cremation can be arranged from the comfort of your own home, because all of our funerals are arranged over the phone with our dedicated team of funeral professionals. Our team will take care of organising the cremation and assist you with regards to completing the legal paperwork required for the cremation to take place. With no face-to-face interaction from a Funeral Director, you can expect to pay much less than you’d pay for a traditional funeral.

Although there are many other funeral providers who offer direct cremation services in the UK, they do not all operate to the same standards or include the same services within their price. The initial funeral price may appear low, but there may be a host of hidden fees. We’ve compared direct cremation costs from a number of the UK’s providers to help you find the direct cremation that suits your needs and budget.


What does the cheapest funeral from Simplicity include?

At Simplicity, we refer to our direct cremation service as an Unattended Funeral. This type of funeral does not include a formal service, a procession or the provision of a hearse or limousines to keep costs to a minimum. Your loved one will be collected from their place of rest* and taken into care at one of our mortuary facilities, where they will be prepared and cared for until the day of the cremation.

We will provide a simple wood effect coffin, and transport your loved one to the crematorium in a specialised funeral vehicle. The coffin will be placed in the chapel, before being committed for cremation, supervised by a qualified chapel attendant. The committal takes place without the presence of mourners.

Following the cremation, the ashes will be scattered in our garden of remembrance or can be returned to you on request.

Our direct cremation services are available throughout the whole of mainland Great Britain, from just £995. In comparison, the average basic funeral in the UK cost £4,184 in 2020*.

*Please note, should your loved one not be resting in a hospital, there will be an additional fee to cover their collection.


What is the cheapest funeral I can attend?

We understand that a direct cremation will not suit everyone’s needs. If you are looking for the cheapest funeral option but are uncomfortable with the funeral taking place without being present at the crematorium, we also offer funerals with the option to attend, starting from £1,395.

The Intimate Funeral allows a short time in the crematorium chapel for up to 12 people. This means a small group of family and friends are able spend a final few moments with their loved one, to reflect as they wish or say a few words.

If you would like something that more closely resembles a traditional funeral, the Attended Funeral provides a full length slot in the crematorium chapel, for a larger group of people with a service arranged by the family. Just like a traditional funeral, you will be able to choose the funeral music, readings and poems, read a eulogy and share stories about your loved one. The main difference is that funeral starts when you enter the chapel as there is no procession beforehand, which allows us to provide substantial cost savings versus the average funeral cost.

View our prices funeral prices for more information.


Arrange a low cost cremation with Simplicity

To arrange a direct cremation for someone who has passed away, contact us today. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

*The average cost of a basic funeral in the UK in 2020 was £4,184, SunLife (2021), Cost of Dying Report, 

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