Funeral Costs

A breakdown of charges

To help you plan the funeral style you want, we offer a tailor-made  service for each family.  This includes everything you need to create a dignified funeral, without the extras you may not want. The additional services we offer can vary in price substantially and we will give you a guide to what these will cost so you can decide what is important for you and control your budget.

We manage our business costs carefully and keep our overheads low, so we don't have to pass on any unnecessary costs to you.

The Funeral Director’s Charges

Many and varied items make up these costs in making of all arrangements for the funeral.

These may consist of:

  • The coffin or casket.
  • Use of our facilities, Chapel of Rest etc.
  • Care of the deceased and neccessary treatments if required.
  • Staff cost for unsocial hours can be included.
  • Transport costs for our hearses and limousines and the removal of the deceased from home or hospital.
  • Collating, collecting and delivering all documents required for the funeral.
  • Provision bearers to escort the coffin into the church, crematorium or cemetery.

Disbursements

These are payments we make on your behalf

These may consist of:

  • Cremation or burial fees.
  • Church or ministers fees.
  • Doctors fees.
  • Press announcements.
  • Flowers.
  • Catering.
  • Monumental masons fees.

The above fees are added to the Funeral Directors charges to arrive at the final account.

Standard Payment Terms

On making funeral arrangements, each family will receive an itemised estimate of known costs applicable to that funeral.

Our standard payment terms of the funeral invoice is 28 days after issue of funeral invoice. If you cannot meet these terms, please contact us and we will talk through the alternative options available to you.
Please check with any Bank or Solicitor involved for their legal requirements – W.S. Taylor & Sons Funeral Directors will allow the funeral invoice to be sent to any Solicitor and we understand that the payment may take longer under these circumstances.

Help from the DWP/Jobcentre Plus Bereavement Delivery Centre

The criteria that Jobcentreplus Bereavement Delivery Centre enforce regarding help with funeral invoices from the Social Fund is on very strict guidelines and that only they, ie The Judification Officer on behalf of Jobcentre Plus Bereavement Delivery Centre can come to the overall decision whether you as the applicant will receive any help. There is no guaranteed amount that they will pay and this is dependent on a variety of factors.

www.gov.uk/funeral-payments

Please Ask

Please ask the funeral director before confirming all the arrangements for an estimate for the full amount; Remember, Jobcentre Plus even if involved, will not cover the full amount and the responsibility rests with you the applicant to meet these costs. You may want to make an alteration of funeral arrangements to reduce the costs involved.
Those applying for assistance require the following documents as a minimum - they may require extra documents when you apply:
A completed Form SF200 - Funeral Payment Social Fund Application Form the Funeral Invoice (after the funeral) from the funeral director (They will not accept an estimate).

Please apply to the contact telephone number below for assistance:

Advice Line: 0345 606 0265
This office will take your enquiry and handle the next stage in the process. They also offer practical advice on the entry qualifying requirements.

Get in touch

We serve families throughout the North East of England, please contact us to discuss how we may be of assistance.

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