How much does a funeral cost in the UK today?

Average funeral costs in the UK rise again to £3,897

According to our latest research the average cost of dying is now £8,802 - a rise of more than 16 times the rate of inflation. The average cost of a funeral now stands at £3,897, up over 5% since the 2015 Cost of Dying survey.

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The total cost of dying is made up of the cost of a basic funeral, the send-off (flowers, venue hire, catering, limos, memorial etc) and hiring a professional to administer the estate.


Average cost of dying in the UK

Average cost
Basic funeral £3,897
Send-off eg. flowers, venue hire, catering and memorial £1,976
Professional estate administration (Probate) £2,929
Average cost of dying £8,802

Funeral costs make up the largest slice

Funeral costs are the largest slice of the overall cost of dying. The cost of a funeral, is made up of the fees for the cremation or burial, the funeral director, the doctor and the person conducting the funeral.

Average cost of a funeral in the UK

Average cost
Basic funeral £3,897
Average cost of a burial £4,356
Average cost of a cremation £3,437

The average cost of a funeral can vary dramatically depending on where we live. How much does a funeral cost in your region?

  • Londoners are once again coughing up the most, with the average cost of a funeral working out at £5,529
  • The South East and East of England is the next most expensive region at £4,090
  • The South East and East of England also saw the biggest percentage increase in the average cost of a funeral, with costs up over 13% on 2015
  • Northern Ireland now has the lowest average cost of a funeral at £3,277, almost 16% below the national average
  • Wales has seen the smallest rise in funeral costs compared to 2015, at just 2%.

The cost of a burial varies most across regions

So why are average funeral costs so different across the country? According to our research, regional differences are heavily influenced by the average cost of a burial. The gulf in burial costs between regions is almost £3,500 at its most extreme - costing an average £6,796 in London and £3,370 in Northern Ireland; with the UK average now standing at £4,256.

Regional cremation prices

The average price for a cremation is £3,437, much less than a burial. There’s also a less dramatic variation in cremation costs across the country, ranging from £4,263 in London to £2,916 in the North West.

Average cost of a cremation in the UK

Region Average cost
London £4,263
South West England £3,716
South East and East of England £3,633
Yorkshire and the Humber £3,444
North East England £3,362
East and West Midlands £3,361
Wales £3,272
Scotland £3,220
Northern Ireland £3,185
North West England £2,916
Average cost of a cremation £3,437

Average funeral costs - past, present and future

Since our first report in 2004, funeral costs in the UK have risen a staggering 103%. If they continue to rise at the same rate, by 2021 we’ll be forking out an average of £4,779 to cover the cost of a funeral.

Making funeral plans

With funeral costs as they are, making some financial plans to help pay your funeral costs can be a great help to those left behind, when the time comes. Whatever you do, it’s important to discuss your funeral plans, to make sure people know what to do when the time comes. To make this difficult task a little easier, use our Perfect Send-Off planner to record your funeral wishes ready for when they’re needed.

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