Arranging a funeral can be a trying experience for relatives and friends of the deceased. Even more so when it comes to making decisions about the funeral details themselves, and the costs involved. As a member of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors, Cunninghams Funeral Directors strictly adheres to the code of practice surrounding the planning of a funeral with particular emphasis on the budgetary aspects of the planning of a funeral. In general, there are two sets of costs associated with organising a funeral and these are as follows;
These costs relate to the services and materials provided by Funeral Directors themselves and include for example, costs of the coffin, professional fees, administrative fee, hearse, limousine, habit/shroud, and embalming.
Many people believe that cremation is a less expensive option than burial which is not necessarily true. The significant cost associated with burial surrounds the purchase of a new grave if the family does not already have an existing plot. Depending on the location, the cost of a new plot can vary significantly as well as the costs associated with the opening of a grave. In comparison, cremations involve a one-off cost and do not require the more expensive aspect of purchasing a plot.
These are payments to third parties and include things like grave purchase, grave opening, cremation charges, churches, newspaper notices, flowers, organist, soloist and catering. These are costs which are incurred as part of the agreed funeral arrangements and which the Funeral Director pays on behalf of the client family. These costs are then included in the final bill.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for up to three separate grants to assist you with the cost of a funeral. More information can be found in our FAQ's section or alternatively, you can contact us using the form below and one of our highly qualified members of staff can assist you with your query.