For the most straightforward funeral with a minimum of fuss and cost, a so-called ‘express’ funeral can cover all necessities for under £1,000. Funeral directors also refer to these as a ‘disposal service’ but rarely promote this option as it offers them less opportunity to make profits. The price includes collecting the body, cremation and returning the ashes in a simple urn. It may sound impersonal but it can suit those who do not want a crematorium ceremony.
Gordon Tulley, funeral director for Respect Funeral Services in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, says: ‘Although it may be called a disposal service, everything is done with the utmost respect.’ He adds: ‘Often family and friends will mark the death later with a special personal event.’
Credit to Financial Mail on Sunday Toby Walne