It's very likely you're already familiar with what a traditional funeral plan is, and what it includes.

But, perhaps you're not so clear on the term 'simple funeral', what it is, or how it compares to a traditional funeral service. 

We look at both options in this article, explain the real difference between the two, and explore which option might be best for you.

What is a traditional funeral service?

A traditional funeral service tends to be the main package offered by most funeral homes, and will typically follow this structure:

  1. Viewing or visitation - A 2 or 3 day period during which loved ones can view the body and pay their respects to the family.
  2. Funeral service - A funeral service will follow the viewing, which is held at the funeral home, place of worship, crematorium or by the graveside. 
  3. Burial or cremation - Following the funeral service, the burial or cremation will take place. 
  4. Funeral reception or wake - A gathering held after the funeral, where loved ones can remember the deceased in a more relaxed environment. 

How much does a traditional funeral service cost?

A traditional funeral in the UK now costs an average of £4,184 - and that's just for a basic funeral. Basic funeral costs include the fees for the cremation or burial, doctor, funeral director, and minister or celebrant. 

If you want to organise a funeral with optional extras, such as a wake or gathering, venue hire and flowers, your total cost could end up at an all-time high of £9,263. 

Whilst the cost of a traditional funeral service is set to reach over £5,000 in just five years' time, there are some valid reasons why people choose a traditional funeral.

Benefits of a traditional funeral service

  • The familiarity of a traditional service can offer reassurance during a difficult time.
  • For some, a traditional funeral with a full burial service helps loved ones to mourn their loss and get closure.
  • Traditional funerals have typically been the more customary choice, so if you or your loved one are more conventional, then this is a good option to consider. 

What is a simple funeral?

A simple funeral is an attended service at a local crematorium, without the expense of a hearse. This means the coffin will be resting in the chapel, ready for you to arrive and celebrate their life.

Simple funerals have a similar structure to traditional funerals, but they tend to cost much less. 

How much does a simple funeral cost?

Costs for a simple funeral will vary depending on just how simple you'd like the funeral to be. 

With a simple funeral, you do still have the option to add extras that you may need, such as doctors fees, urgent collection and daytime guests. 

At Celebration of Life, we offer a simple funeral local to you from just £1,750 (including crematorium fees).  

Benefits of a simple funeral service

  • For many, a simple funeral is requested by the deceased once they pass, to make planning easier and less stressful for their loved. 
  • Avoid the rising funeral costs found with traditional funeral services. A simple funeral with Celebration of Life costs 97% less than the average traditional funeral service. 
  • A simple coffin will keep costs down, allowing money to be spent on other things.
  • While a hearse and limos are very traditional, they aren’t both necessary. A simple funeral cuts out the need for expensive extras, such as hearses. 
  • Instead of a wake, you might choose to organise your own gathering. Some people choose not to have one at all. It’s important to do what feels right and what works with your finances.

Traditional funeral vs Simple funeral. Which is best?

In short, a simple funeral is a more affordable, no-fuss approach to a traditional funeral. 

While traditional funeral services include a lot of the familiar services you might expect, simple funerals leave out the less-needed services, to give you the most important features at a lower cost. 

When deciding which option is best for you, it completely depends on your personal preference. If you have any strong feelings either way, it's best to make your thoughts clear to your loved ones, or organise a pre-paid funeral where you can state your own wishes clearly. 

Arranging a simple funeral with Celebration of Life

As we have discussed, traditional funeral services aren’t your only choice. If you're ready to start planning for the future and would like to arrange a pre-paid, simple funeral plan for yourself, get in touch with our friendly team here at Celebration of Life.

Available 24/7 on 0800 150 3555

Give us a call if you need funeral advice, would like to arrange a simple funeral, or just want to say hi. We're available 24 hours a day.

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