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A truly personalised funeral
Here at John Saunders & Son we want you to be able to choose the best package for you and your loved one and therefore we offer a wide range of options from the simplest dignified arrangement to something more complicated.
A BESPOKE FUNERAL
This page and the link within it to our printable full price list is designed to provide you with as much information as possible about our services, packages and prices, but we understand that this is a difficult time and that information can seem bewildering during times of emotional distress. Our staff is therefore on hand to support you and to clarify and explain anything which is not clear, so please do telephone us if you would like to talk things through or to ask about anything at all.
Regardless of the options that you choose, we would like to assure you that your loved one will be brought into our care from the place of their passing as soon as possible within the constraints of legal requirements and will remain on our premises with us for the full duration of their stay. We have only one branch and all of our facilities are located within that building.
Our range of packages and full prices are listed below with full details of what is included within each package.
PRE-PAID FUNERAL PLANS
We are affiliated with Golden Charter – a leading provider of funeral plans to independent funeral directors in the UK. A Funeral Plan enables you to plan every detail of your funeral in advance – thus relieving your family of any worries or questions as to what you would want. It also avoids expenses by paying in advance and offers total security of funds as all payments are placed into a Trust Fund run by an independent board of Trustees.
PACKAGES & PRICING
All funeral directors are legally required to publish a Standardised Price List for a standardised set of products and services, to help you compare prices between different funeral directors so that you can think through your options and make the best choices for you and your family.
BESPOKE TRADITIONAL FUNERAL
+ Third party Costs
This includes all of our professional fees for the care of your loved one:
The administration of the arrangement
Collection of your loved one from within a 15-mile radius of our premises within office hours (a greater distance and/or if out of hours will attract additional expense)
A light oak veneered “Ardmour” coffin, 6 brass effect handles and engraved nameplate
Your choice of date and time for the funeral (subject to the availability of all parties)
Dressing your loved one in their own clothes
Viewing in the chapel of rest (Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm)
Hearse to travel from the starting point of your choosing (20 running miles allowed)
Funeral conductor and 4 bearers on the day of the service; collection & processing of charitable donations
Care of your loved one’s cremated remains if requested or the provision of an oak grave marker with engraved nameplate for a burial
Our full support and guidance to help you throughout this distressing time.
All packages are tailored to your needs & budget
We are completely committed to a non ‘selling’ approach when booking and arranging funerals. We believe that it is the small personal details that matter most and that these can be achieved with time and love rather than extravagant financial expenditure. To this end, we can provide you with a written list of the proposed full costs for a funeral at any time and we will always give you clear options when arranging a funeral.
LOWER COST FUNERAL OPTIONS
We will always provide you with an explanation of expenses at our first meeting and a full estimate to ensure that you keep control of the potential costs.
A deposit of the total of third party costs is due at the time of making arrangements.
SIMPLE TRADTITIONAL FUNERAL
(CREMATION OR BURIAL)
£1875.00 - Fixed price
+ Third party Costs
The Simple Traditional Funeral Specifically excludes the following services:
Dressing your loved one in their own clothes
Viewing of your loved one in the chapel of rest
Provision of a limousine
Fees or third party costs payable on the client’s behalf.
£1420.00 - Fixed Price
A Direct Cremation is a low-cost cremation that takes place with no funeral service or any of the traditions normally associated with a funeral.
It means you can celebrate the person's life at a time and place best suited for you.
£980 - Fixed Price
+Third Party Costs
A Direct Burial is a straightforward burial that takes place with no funeral service or any of the traditions normally associated with a funeral. It's a low-cost alternative that allows you to remember the person your way.
Please note that the Direct Burial option does not include the cost of the grave or interment fees charged by the cemetery – these costs are extra and will vary according to the cemetery and grave type chosen.
WIDE RANGE OF COFFINS
Traditional solid wood coffins are available for burials alongside quality veneer, Cardboard, Bamboo, Seagrass, and either Traditional or White Willow, which are also suitable for cremations. We offer a large variety of beautiful choices available today as standard and are always happy to assist families with alternatives if requested. Our prices start at £600 for our simple light oak veneered “Ardmour” coffin.
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NO HIDDEN CHARGES
These are difficult financial times for Families and we are keenly aware that grieving relatives can be vulnerable when it comes to spending on funeral arrangements. To that end, we are completely committed to a non ‘selling’ approach when booking and arranging funerals. We believe that it is the small personal details that matter most and that these can be achieved with time and love rather than extravagant financial expenditure.
FLORAL LISTS AND DONATIONS
Whether you decide to welcome all floral tributes to your loved one’s Funeral, or to ask for donations in lieu of flowers, we will ensure that you are kept informed of who has paid their respects in this manner. If you have asked for donations to a charity of your choice then we will send a ‘Thank You’ to each contributor on your behalf and, one month from the date of the funeral, we will inform you in writing of the total amount collected and sent to your charity and the names of those who donated. This service is provided as standard and at no added cost.
KEEPING COSTS DOWN
Our standardised and complete price list is on our website in PDF format, for you to download and print, along with examples of typical funeral costs locally. It is also clearly displayed on our premises and copies are available to be taken away or posted out so that clients and potential clients can study and compare them at their own leisure. We are always happy to provide a telephone estimate tailored to your exact needs and to break that estimate down into its parts for total clarity. Marker Crosses, Coffin Furniture, Funeral Robes and Chapel of Rest visits for bespoke funerals are all provided as required at no extra cost.
For those who have a religious faith the choice of who will officiate at the funeral is an easy one. However, in these increasingly secular times, we never make assumptions about our client’s beliefs and always take the time to discuss exactly what kind of service you would like. This enables us to be sure that the Officiant chosen, whether priest, pastor, minister, humanist or civil celebrant will conduct a service that is a fitting tribute to your loved one. Each of these choices will attract its own fee, which we will settle on your behalf. The average of this in our area is around £220, with additional fees being applied by individual churches if the service is held within a place of worship.
John Saunders was chosen by my family to handle our mothers funeral.
Our point of contact was Marie who was very professional and empathised with our loss, rather than leaving us with the impression that we were "Just another customer" through the door.
The whole experience whilst difficult was made much easier to handle due to the manner in which John Saunders conducted themselves, and we would not hesitate in recommending them. Nothing was too much trouble for Marie to handle for us.