Garstang’s Independent Funeral Director 

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Funeral Costs

We understand that the cost of a funeral can cause worry and stress at a difficult time. This can be a factor when choosing a funeral director. We appreciate that just discussing the costs are hard.

We aim to organise a funeral that is professional and dignified, without putting somebody in a worrying financial position.

We are open and transparent about our costs and services. We arrange professional and dignified services that fit your needs.
To demonstrate our fairness and professionalism, we have signed the ‘Fair Funerals Pledge 2020’ and state our commitments in a clear way.

Transparent Costs
No Hidden Fees
Compassionate Staff
Dignified Services
Professional Team
Clear Commitments
We will always give a full, written estimate broken down individually at the time of arrangement so you will know the full true costs before agreeing to anything.

Our Prices

Transparent costs and no hidden fees

Classic £1700

Disbursement costs to be added

Includes:

– Funeral Directors Professional services –
– Arrangement of Chosen Additional Services –
– Necessary pre-funeral conveyances –
– Care, presentation & embalming of the person –
– Private use of Chapel of Rest * –
– Standard hearse for funeral –
– Minimum of 4 bearers provided for funeral –
– Client choice of crematorium –
– Client choice of day & time of funeral –
– Collection & Administration of Donations –
– Coffin choice to be added ** –

* Visits to our chapel by appointment at your convenience

Payment Terms
We request an advance payment within 48hrs of making arrangements for the disbursement costs paid on your behalf. The account balance is due within 28 days from date of the funeral.

Simple £1300

Disbursement costs to be added

Includes:

– Limited Funeral Directors Professional services –
– Necessary pre funeral conveyances –
– Care & presentation of the person –
– Private use of Chapel of Rest ** –
– Standard hearse only for funeral –
– Necessary bearers for funeral –
– Includes the Simple coffin Only –
– Client choice of crematorium –
– Client choice of day & time of funeral –

** Visits to our chapel by appointment only during normal office hours

Payment Terms
We request an advance payment within 48hrs of making arrangements for the disbursement costs paid on your behalf. The account balance is due within 28 days from date of the funeral.

Direct Cremation £1200

Fully Inclusive of Disbursement Costs

Includes:

– Limited Funeral Directors Professional services –
– Necessary pre-funeral conveyances –
– Care & presentation of the person –
– Private use of Chapel of Rest ** –
– Transfer by private ambulance for funeral –
– Necessary bearers for funeral –
– Includes the Basic coffin only –
– No choice of crematorium, day or time –
– Unattended service with no funeral ceremony –

** Visits to our chapel by appointment only during normal office hours

Payment Terms
We request the full cost of the ‘Direct Cremation Funeral’
is made within 72hrs of making arrangements.

Our Pledge & Commitment

We can help arrange funeral services for everyone’s different needs and requirements

As an open and transparent Funeral Directors, we commit to the following pledges:

We will help people to find funerals that are within their means
We will be open about the price of our services
We will be open and clear about third party costs
We will be open about the advance payment we require and when this and the final balance are due
By signing the Fair Funerals pledge 2020, we agree to put transparency and honesty at the centre of our work, and aspire to be the change we all want to see within the funeral industry

Arrangement of Additional Services & Choices

You may wish to add a particular service or make choices to add to the funeral arrangement.

We always provide a written estimate at the time of arrangement, so you are fully aware of all the costs before entering into any agreement.

Disbursement Costs

The disbursement costs are the necessary fees that are paid on the clients behalf to 3rd parties needed to complete a funeral.
These are added to the Funeral Directors costs for the final balance.

 

What are the Disbursement Costs?

Depending on the funeral type, service choice they can include:

Crematorium, Doctors Cremation Forms, Minister, Church, Organist, Verger, Gravedigger, Cemetery Costs, Interment Fees, Out of Area Fee, headstone removal.

A breakdown of necessary disbursement costs and what needs to be added to the funeral directors costs for the funeral are explained below

Crematorium
Service

Crematorium Fee
+
Doctors Cremation Forms
+
Minister to Officiate

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There are 5 crematoriums local to us.

Their fees are as follows:

– Preston £753 –

– Lancaster £1055 –

– Carleton £725 – £765 –

– Lytham £753 –

– Beetham £975 –

Costs for somebody to officiate are:

Church of England Vicar £199
Roman Catholic Priest £200
Celebrant Minister £195

This cost may vary if another denominational minister or alternative is chosen.

Please Note

It is important to include the cost of the completion of Doctors Cremation Forms to the crematorium fees if applicable *

This is currently £164

* This is not necessary if HM Coroner has issued alternative paperwork.

Church Service
with Cremation

Church Fees
+
Doctors Cremation Forms
+
Crematorium Fee

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Church of England Church – £452
Service Fee £199
Organist £65
Verger £45
Facilities £100
Committal Fee £28
Clergy Travel £15

Roman Catholic Church – £475
Funeral Mass Fee £200
Priest Fee £200
Organist £60
Clergy Travel £15

Other Churches
We have Methodist, Free Methodist, United Reformed, Quaker and Baptist Churches locally. We cannot break down all these costs individually. Should you require a service in another local church, we will find the accurate costs and provide this to you beforehand.

Please Note

The chosen crematorium cost would need to be added to the church costs together with the Doctors Cremation Forms costs if applicable.

Church Service
with Burial

Church Fees
+
Preparation of Grave Fee

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Church of England Church – £727
Service Fee £199
Organist £65
Verger £45
Facilities £100
Interment Fee £318

 

Roman Catholic Church – £860
Mass & Interment Fee £600
Priest Fee £200
Organist £60

 

Other Burial Grounds
There are other churchyards locally.
We cannot detail all the different costs but should you require a burial at another churchyard, we will find
the accurate costs beforehand.

 

Preparation of Grave in churchyard
£400 – £450

This fee is for the gravedigger to dig and prepare a grave plot. The cost may vary slightly depending on the depth prepared.

 

Costs vary at local council cemeteries.

Lancaster City Council Cemeteries
Total Cost £1528
Exclusive Right of Burial £807
Interment Fee £721

Wyre Borough Council Cemeteries
Total Cost £1628
Exclusive Right of Burial £874
Interment Fee £754

Please Note

The cost of a burial elsewhere will need to be added to a normal church service fee.

Some cemeteries also charge an additional fee if the person did not live within the council boundary. This can be double or triple the cemetery fees.

We can provide an accurate cost at the time of need depending on personal circumstance.

The above lists are not exhaustive and there are at times slight discrepancies and changes to these fees.

Coffin Choices

When the ‘Classic Funeral’ has been chosen, you can have a choice of any particular coffin.
We generally offer a choice of 4 but can provide any type you may wish to choose

All of our coffins are expertly constructed and fitted out appropriately with all the relevant and proper coffin furniture.

They are also properly lined, fitted and upholstered with a quality interior. Finished with an engraved nameplate.

The Canterbury
£320

A veneered Oak coffin with double lid mouldings in a medium stained finish.

Fully lined, upholstered and fitted with engraved nameplate

The Hamilton
£355

A veneered Oak coffin with pressed panel sides, flat lid and a dark mahogany finish.

Fully lined, upholstered and fitted with engraved nameplate.

The Albany
£395

A veneered Oak coffin with pressed panel sides, raised lid and hinged bar handles in a light oak finish.

Fully lined, upholstered and fitted with engraved nameplate

The Claughton
£765

A distinctive, true solid oak coffin with full routed panelled sides, raised lid in a natural stained finish.

Fully lined, upholstered and fitted with engraved nameplate

The Simple Funeral

Included as part of the ‘Simple Funeral’, we offer a simple designed veneered coffin, fully upholstered and furnished, including an engraved nameplate.

Choice

We firmly believe in choice for our clients.

We offer many different styles and types of coffins and caskets that will suit many different tastes and opinions

Should you feel a different or unique choice of coffin is more appropriate, we would be happy to discuss your needs and guide you carefully