Surrey Residents: Funeral Costs & Funeral Planning Assistance
Surrey Funeral Directors
When someone dies and there is a lot of grief to overcome a funeral director is there to help you make funeral arrangements.
Funeral Costs in Surrey
When funerals are planned the cost can vary from around £1,200 to over £10,000 – sometimes when it’s least expected.
Surrey Funeral Plans
The average funeral cost in 2017 is just shy of £4,000 which means that most people might not be able to afford one – hence funeral plans being one solution.
Information on Funeral Plans, Costs, Wills in Surrey
Mark Brown Co-founder of FuneralGuide.co.uk
How To Find A Decent Funeral Director in Surrey
I am very sure that hundreds of thousands of people each year would find it enormously difficult to organise a funeral if it wasn’t for Funeral Directors. Grieving humans simply cannot switch off emotions and make the many calls and arrangements required to get all parts moving.
Funeral directors are able to assist individuals and families of all faiths – whether you identify as Jewish, a member of the Church of England, Catholic, or Hindu. As such, they are also able to contact priests, deacons, or any other preferred religious leaders.
These officials organise the service, contact a Celebrant, make sure all documents are correct, ensure grave is dug, pall bearers turn up and transportation is in place. To manage all parts leading up to a funeral is not an enormous task but can be difficult for someone not aware of all the procedures.
They don’t really have just one job and very good ones are excellent at communicating with empathy, which is much needed after losing a loved one. While they will help you plan, issue a public Death Notice and organise flowers and choose a casket, their service will cost more than doing it yourself.
How much does a Funeral in Surrey cost?
The total amount of money spent will differ depending on the type of materials, the extent of service and how elaborate the arrangements. The fees charged today are not extraordinary but they can be a surprise.
Most of the costs of the funeral goes toward funeral director fees, coffin, service, burial, the actual funeral and any local authority charges.
But for the most part, a standard funeral will involve the cost of the Funeral Director’s arrangement fees, the cost of a Celebrant and the person delivering the service, the hire of Religious venue, cost of cremation or burial plot and the choice of casket, coffin and or urn. Additional items that may hike up the cost are the materials used in the making or urn or coffin and furnishings used, flowers, hiring bearers, the type of transportation used in a funeral procession and whether any catering will be required.
A coffin or casket can start from several hundred pounds to several thousand depending on how many furnishings you choose and the style. Third party costs cover burial costs, burial plot rental or cost of cremation.
This variance depends on your desired extravagance in regards to your choice of furnishing and style, furthermore, you may also expect third party costs, which include both securing a plot for the burial as well as having the space dug up for the coffin or casket. All costs will be known beforehand and you can choose the level of elaboration, but a cremation tends to be cheaper than a burial.
Surrey Funeral Plans & How They Help Save Money!
I know what most people think when someone suggests they organise their own funeral. Naturally the older you are the less complacent you might be, law of averages etc. If you do not have a large estate that is debt free when you pass, relatives may struggle when it comes to paying for your funeral. It’s a different story when you’re married, have children, have a business and a mortgage as you care about the people you leave behind.
A Funeral Plan is an easy way of paying for a funeral in instalments over a period of a year or multiple years. Or you can simply pay the costs of the funeral in advance and leave the organisation of the service to family and friends.
But how your family will cope in the event of your death and how they will pay for it – Quite how your estate can settle the funeral bill thirty days after but that’s not the point. Can you Son or Daughter or Wife afford the costs -would it be easier on them and the grieving process if all way prepared for them? You could organise the entire funeral or simply leave family to choose hymns and prayers that will comfort them.
Where should I get a Will written up in Surrey?
When a person dies a lot of a person’s affairs can be left unattended to. When you die your life on Planet Earth is over but the issue of your Estate – personal belongings, property, assets and investments – that is something very much on the agenda. The legal document will list who gets what, when and what amount, there are no downsides and you can always make changes along the way.
It essentially details who in your life gets what – or how much of something – and when. They are concrete documents in the eyes of the law but there are occasions when this Probate can be questioned in the courts and contested. The ability to control an estate after someone has died and is issued by the local authority if not contested.
You can appoint an Executor that might be a close family relative, a friend or a solicitor. Others names and to receive items will be termed beneficiaries.
This maybe the sale or distribution of property, the settling of debts and bills and informing people of your passing. It is advisable to always have a Will, especially if you have a mortgage and a family, no matter your age and they can often be drawn up for next to no cost online or available from your bank.
Funerals are an event where people congregate to hold a service and say Goodbye and a final farewell – they are held in places of worship such as a Church but also a Crematorium. It is possible to hold a service in the hall of a Crematorium, much the same as you would in a Church. A Surrey based Funeral Director, if guided to offer cremation will contact a local Crematorium. A celebrant will be used, hymns can be sung and after people will gather to read notes on flowers and talk to the bereaved and family and friends that turned up.
If a person’s death cannot be explained, the Coroner will decide the cause and make further investigation until a decision has been arrived at. When the police and a doctor cannot determine without a doubt why a person has died. A medical professional called a Coroner is called to adjudicate and perform a range of tests.
Mortuary technicians, one or many, area very integral part of the process. One person may see out all duties, embalming, body preparation, cosmetics and assist in any legal investigation or rituals. They may beautify the person to reflect how they normally would in life and generally take care of the body and abide by any legal structures demanded upon them as guided by a Coroner, samples etc.
Burial Sites in Surrey?
Individuals and families affiliated with any particular religion tend to have their own preferences regarding how they would like the burial or cremation service to proceed.
If faith is not an issue, cost might be. Cremation is by far the most popular way to leave this world but is it down to cost?It could be, as cremations are currently a cheaper funeral service over and above that of the costs involved in hiring a burial plot - often up to a £1000 less.
It can also involve the burial of an urn of ashes, as well as a coffin or casket, a Surrey burial plot and grave may enable family and friends to visit on occasion, for some it may be a personal wish of the deceased, to have ashes scattered at a favorite place or buried near a loved one or a family burial plot. Similar to a traditional burial, loved ones may also prefer the ashes or urn to be buried -Surrey burials tend to be favoured by those who wish to be able to visit their deceased loved one at a designated burial space.
Choosing A Casket, Coffin or Urn
People can decide two ways in which they can have their body returned to the world and three ways in which that vessel and journey will take.
There is a fourth and a Scatter Tube. Most people today opt for cremation in the UK, with ashes ending up in a Urn that will either be kept in a Mausoleum, on a family burial plot or buried or with ashes scattered using the Scatter Tube.
It will contain the ashes of the deceased. A coffin has six sides with the tapered angle at each end and tend to have one single top. In other religions a standard tapered end coffin will provide for a good burial.
A casket however tends to be dressed more elaborately, is rectangular shaped and has a split cover for viewing. Both can be made of different materials and suitable for Humanist and Green burials -it is typical for a coffin to be used for cremation and both can be made from green materials for a Humanist or Green burial.
Cemeteries & Graveyards in Surrey
In towns and cities across the country you can find areas where there are rows of headstones upon headstones in regimental order.
A family would remain in a town for generations – today, not so much, from one end of the country to the other end of the Planet. To be able to book a burial plot you will need a Death Certificate and local authority permission for burial.
In return you will receive a graveyard plot number that corresponds to a certain area and location, the term life of a plot is not forever and is usually on lease or for a set period -this exempts family plots and Mausoleums or Tombs which tend to be renewed as each century passes.
When a death occurs it is customary to announce the passing and funeral to the public, this is achieved by way of a Death Notice in a newspaper.
This is the most likely place you will find an extended Death Notice termed an Obituary – occasionally and often when a person is more widely known, a half page spread can betaken out to write witty commentary about the person who has died. Full obituary notices more closely resemble eulogies, whereby a person’s name, date and town of birth, town of death, and details about their life may be stated -they may additionally contain a picture of the deceased as a visual means of commemorating their passing.
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"After my father passed without any arrangements, I had to sort everything out, it was difficult. I quickly decided that I didn’t want to leave my kids with that kind of burden. Now, I pay a small monthly amount and it’s such a relief..." - Steve Bailey, Hertfordshire