Things to consider when choosing between a burial or cremation

Burial or cremation

All you want to do when planning a funeral is provide a day the deceased would be proud of. A day on which everyone can gather together and grieve, say goodbye, and give one big last send off.

However, deciding which type of funeral you should arrange can cause some issues. What would be more fitting for the deceased – a burial or a cremation? There are a few things you should consider when making your choice.

Their request

If you were lucky enough to be able to speak to your loved one before they passed, you might already have an idea of what they wanted to happen to their body after they died. A lot of people also note what they want for their funeral in their will or pay for the arrangements in advance.

Many people request to be cremated so they can have their ashes scattered at a location that was important to them; while others wish to be cremated so their presence can remain within the family home in an urn.

Likewise, many people also request to be buried at their local churchyard, signifying their life-long faith or in a cemetery within their hometown. Consider what the deceased would have wanted, and funeral planning will become easier.

Your family

Speak to your family and discuss the best way for you all to have a memorial for the deceased. Perhaps a memorial in a cemetery would be best, so that anyone who wants to visit can do so in their own time. A memorial stone can be tended for years to come, visited on important occasions and gives the grieving parties a focal point where they can remember their loved one.

Of course, you can also find cremation memorials, which can equally be tended and visited, though many families choose to scatter or keep the ashes in the home, which can make it inconvenient/ impossible for visitors to pay their respects over time.

Cremation or burial headstones

The cost of a cremation or burial

Unfortunately, the funeral you’d like to arrange may not be possible due to financial constraints. Planning a funeral with the help of a funeral director costs around £3,600 on average, according to, which for many people is steep. If you are in a position to afford it, though, funeral directors can relieve much of the stress that goes into the arrangements.

The first funeral director fee won’t cover disbursement costs. Instead, you’ll be paying for the storage of the body, a coffin for the service, a hearse for transport and staff on the day. All of this costs about £1,800 on average.

Then you need to take both the wishes of the deceased and your financial circumstances into consideration. Cremation and burial are very different in price and make for very different funeral services.

The average cost of cremation is £660 including the services of an organist (which you can ask to be removed, bringing the cost down). You’ll also want to get a cremation memorial marker stone and plaque, as many crematoriums have dedicated areas for memorials.

The average cost of a burial, however, is almost three times higher at £1,750. But while it’s more expensive, many consider burial to be grander. You’re able to choose a fitting memorial for the cemetery – be it a traditional kerb set (full length gravestone) or an elegant lawn cemetery grave memorial headstone. You can view our whole range of memorials here.

Whatever you decide, we’re sure it will be a fitting tribute and service for your dearly departed. If you need any help creating a memorial, please do get in touch.