Fair Funerals


Funeral Costs.

Abbey was one of the first Funeral Directors to sign up to the Fair Funeral Pledge. We recognise that funerals can be expensive and many people struggle with the cost. We will make our most affordable funeral package visible to the public, including third party costs and we will charge clear prices for goods and services so people know what they're buying. We always communicate prices in initial conversations and prominently display full price lists in our office.

Because the cost of a funeral is made up of many different elements, it would be impossible to list here all of the possible combinations. However we can indicate the cost of a basic funeral.

The invoice for a funeral is always shown in two parts. The funeral Director's charges which are all of the services which we have provided, and third party costs known as disbursements. Disbursements are fees and charges made by other people and which we pay on your behalf, often before the funeral takes place. For that reason we ask for these disbursements to be paid as a deposit at the time you arrange the funeral. The remainder, the funeral director’s charges must be paid before the funeral.

Funeral Directors charges

  • Labour and service charge which includes collecting the deceased, appropriate storage, all labour and a proportion towards the overheads of the business. £1455.00
  • Hire of our Daimler hearse £345.00
  • Simple oak veneered coffin £355.00

Total Funeral Director’s charges £2155.00

These charges remain the same for any funeral which is completely carried out within a 10 mile radius of Tonbridge. This basic simple funeral can be enhanced with other services such as following cars, facilities for visiting the deceased and more ornate coffins and caskets. We will be happy to send you a comprehensive price list which covers additional services.

Third Party Costs or Disbursements.

These will depend on the type of funeral, burial or cremation. Prices vary between crematoria and burial grounds, for example council cemeteries, or churchyards. A guide to the most common third party costs are below and should be added to the funeral director's costs for the total price of the funeral.

  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Crematorium fee, including burial of remains in the gardens and the medical referee’s charge. £706.00
  • Doctor’s cremation certificates payable to GP practice or hospital £164.00
  • Minister or celebrant: Paid to the individual or to the church £180 to £198

Funeral Directors have no control over these third party costs which generally rise each year and often above the level of inflation. Any increases in our fees are always inflationary only to reflect the increased costs we face as a business and to ensure that every member of our staff is paid a living wage as a minimum.

Example

A simple funeral carried out at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium, with a hearse only and a simple coffin will cost £2155.00 plus third party costs of £1068.00 a total of £3223.00

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