The Simple Funeral

Our Simple Funeral allows us to provide a caring and quality service at a fair cost.

A simple, lower-cost funeral option with the comfort of knowing that quality isn’t compromised, as we guarantee to provide our usual outstanding levels of care and standards for your loved one.

The cost of the Simple Funeral is £1,895 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is £1,675 in Scotland, not including third party costs.

Third party fees are essential services delivered by others that we will manage on your behalf.

On average last year (2018) our clients paid £1,124 in third party fees but this is a national average and may not reflect the price you might pay in your local area. Find out more about third party fees.

Find full details on the breakdown of funeral costs.

What's included in the Co-op Simple Funeral

These are the things that we’ll do for you as part of our Simple Funeral:

  • We’ll remove your loved one from their place of death into our care
  • If death occurs out of normal working hours, at home or in a care home, we’ll remove your loved one into our care, out of hours, at no extra cost
  • We’ll prepare, care for and dress your loved one in a gown to match the interior of our ‘Simple Coffin’
  • Your loved one will rest in our mortuary facility, or if required, a private rest room in our funeral home
  • You’ll be able to visit your loved one during normal working hours at no additional charge
  • We’ll transport your loved one from the funeral home to the crematorium or cemetery in a hearse at the appointed time of the service
  • On the day of the funeral, a wheeled bier will be used or the family can bear the coffin
  • We’ll make all necessary arrangements for a dignified funeral
  • Your Funeral Director will be there at the funeral to support and guide you through the funeral

When comparing other ‘simple package’ funerals, please be sure of exactly what they include as they’re not all the same.

We proudly assure you that we will NOT compromise our quality of service in any way.

What additional services can I choose?

We understand that while you may want to keep your funeral simple, there may be some additional services you’d like, to follow traditions or beliefs.

Our experienced staff will be happy to talk though your needs and help you decide on the options that best suit you - we’ll then be able to confirm any additional costs that may be incurred.

As part of our Simple Funeral, the following services are also available to you (at an additional cost):

  • We can arrange for the funeral service, celebration or ceremony to take place at your chosen location before attending the cemetery or crematorium
  • We can organise for a chauffeur driven limousine(s) to follow the hearse
  • We can arrange for the hearse and limousine(s) to attend your chosen location before the funeral, and proceed to the funeral ‘in cortege’ as a funeral procession
  • We can carry out the embalming of your loved one
  • We can offer a limited selection of floral arrangements and orders of service
What isn't included in the Co-op Simple Funeral
  • There will be no choice of the day and time of the funeral and certain days and times may be excluded
  • Bringing the deceased into our care beyond a 50 mile radius (an additional mileage charge will apply)
  • Embalming
  • Viewing the deceased outside of normal working hours
  • A separate funeral service or celebration taking place before proceeding to the local crematorium or cemetery
  • Additional transport for the mourners
  • Third party fees (disbursements)*
  • No alternative coffin choice available

*These include fees for the doctor, minister, church and crematorium. We kindly ask for payment for these at the time of making the funeral arrangements.

If you'd like more flexibility with the arrangements, take a look at our Traditional Funeral Choice

To compare our different Funeral Choices please click here.