Cremation vs Burial

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If you are considering a Burial in your Local Authority Cemetery, charges are much lower for the Borough's residents than for non-residents. However, the cemetery may not be located within the Borough and won’t necessarily be the nearest one to where you live, so burial costs may have a substantial impact on the price of a budget funeral. Natural burial grounds are often competitive, but are located further afield.  Woodland burial grounds don’t usually allow gravestones, so the cost of a grave-marker made of wood will be much less than one in stone. Gravestones currently cost upwards of £1,000.

Even if your family owns an existing plot, the cost of just digging the existing grave may be higher than you anticipate and is sometimes more expensive than a cremation.  There will be a charge for adding a name to the headstone and there may be a fee for temporarily removing the stone memorial if this is necessary in order for the burial to take place.

Although burial is more expensive than cremation, the DWP will contribute to, or cover, the cost of a burial for those on benefits and entitled to assistance from the Social Fund.  However, they will only reimburse you for the cost of the very cheapest private grave available in your area.  They won’t help you to pay for a gravestone or marker.

Cremation fees in the London area are around £600 to £750.  If you hold the funeral before 10am, a cheaper rate is available at some crematoria.

Direct Cremation is the least expensive method of committal offered by Levertons. This is a more basic option and not necessarily suitable for everyone.

Lasting memorials for cremated remains

Cemeteries offer small plots or ‘niches’ for the interment of ashes at a lower cost than buying a grave.  If your family own a grave, the cost of burying ashes is much lower than interring a coffin and the deceased can be added to the existing gravestone.  Most crematoria offer a variety of memorials which can be purchased for a number of years, from rosebushes with plaques to stone memorials.


Environmental pros and cons

We at Levertons have examined the environmental impact of relatively local burial, woodland burial and cremation.  Each method has some negative impact, and it is debatable which causes least damage to our environment. Our view is that it is still a matter of personal choice.

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I never had to arrange a funeral but with your help from registering Tony with you before he was repatriated through the whole process your expertise and kindness and patience were invaluable . The funeral went without a hitch you carried it out with dignity and respect you and your staff have shown why Levertons is and will always be a service that my family have always used and will continue to use and recommending Andrew was amazing he truly led one of the best services I have seen in a while and such a fitting tribute to Tony . So pass on my thanks to Andrew to your team and you for helping me and my family through such a tough and sad time in our lives .

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From making the phone call to book funeral services to the very end of the process we were treated with kindness, respect and every request we made was met with ease. On the day all of the staff involved were very courteous and everything ran very smoothly, which make such a had experience much easier to bare.

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We went to Leverton’s after we had visited another funeral directors. From the moment we walked in and Deborah Rush, the funeral directors at Fortis Green, greeted us we felt confident in her management of my Mother’s funeral. The process was seamless and Deborah advised and enabled us in planning and undertaking a very personal funeral.

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Our mother was treated respectfully and all our requests were carried out efficiently. Deborah was helpful and made sure the funeral ran smoothly down to the last details. Thank you.

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