The death of a loved one will always be a difficult event, more so for those who are tasked with having to arrange their loved one’s funeral and burial. The burial ceremony has been going on for thousands of years, and it is still a popular way for the deceased’s family members to pay their final tributes to their loved one. But whether you are planning to have a traditional burial or a more contemporary one (such as a woodland or forest burial), you need to know how the process works in order to make it right. Here, then, is your all-important guide to UK burial expenses and organising a burial for your loved one.
- The costs of a burial in the UK
The expense of a burial in the UK can significantly vary, of course, depending on what you want and what your loved one would have wanted. If you are hiring a funeral director such as the funeral directors in Leeds from www.carrollandcarrollfunerals.co.uk, the fee of the funeral director for burial will often be the same as the cremation fee. But there are additional costs with burial as opposed to cremation because you also have to contend with a grave for the deceased.
With a burial, remember that you are not actually purchasing the plot itself – you are simply purchasing the right to bury your deceased on that plot. In UK law, you can only ‘lease’ the plot for up to a hundred years, and afterwards, your heirs will have the prerogative to top up the lease. Remember as well that if your loved one wasn’t an area resident of the place where you would like to have them buried, the expense may be more.
All that being said, the average expense of burial is a little less than £5000. Your funeral expenses will be different from this, and the cost of the funeral will depend on where you are located in the UK and what kind of funeral you would like for your loved one. It will also depend on whether your deceased loved one has opted for a funeral plan.
- The burial arrangements
If you rely on a funeral director, he or she will take charge of most of the requirements for the burial. The cemetery usually requires information such as the name and address as well as the age of the deceased. Additionally, they need the time and date of the burial. They will also require the size of the coffin as well as the kind of burial you want, such as whether it will be a religious burial or a non-denominational one.
All burials require a Certificate for Burial as well, and you can only get this once you have registered the death. For the registration of a death, you have to get in touch with your loved one’s GP or the doctor who took care of them if they passed away in hospital. They will then give you a Certificate of Cause of Death. When you have this, you should go to a registrar where you can officially register the death. When you have registered it, you will receive the Certificate for Burial, which you can submit to your funeral director.
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