How it works and how much it costs

We can help you to arrange a funeral anywhere within the Greater London area.

We offer a simple and affordable package that covers the essentials.  You can then add extras to make the funeral fit your needs. We don't try to sell you anything you don't want or need; all we care about is helping you to put together a funeral which will genuinely help you to deal with the fact someone has died, in whatever way works for you.

Guided and supported by our experienced team, we can help you put together a farewell that's meaningful and relevant; whether that's a simple ceremony or a personalised celebration of life.

Poetic Endings funerals

We are here to help.  Please get in touch at any time to talk through the options.  We can help you to work out the right funeral for you, even if you don't know what that is right now.

1. The Essentials

As standard, our services include:

  • A telephone consultation to determine whether we’re the right funeral director for you.

  • An initial meeting with you to discuss all aspects of the funeral. Either Louise, Clare or Joanna will meet you in the comfort of your home at your convenience, where we'll give you the time you need to talk everything through. Please get in touch to make an appointment.

  • Completion of all the necessary paperwork.

  • Collection of the person who has died from anywhere within the M25.
    There's a charge of £175 for our at home or out-of-hours collection service.

  • Our gentle and sensitive care of the person who has died in brand new purpose built facilities in South East London (SE6) or in Bromley.

  • Our sensitive approach to taking care of the person who has died, including washing and dressing. You’re welcome to help with washing and dressing with our support and guidance in Bromley.

  • The opportunity to spend time with the person who has died in a modern chapel of rest/ family room in Bromley. You can also choose to do this in a grade two listed house next to the river in Hammersmith (additional fee applies depending on your exact requirements). We can help you to figure out how you’d like to spend this time so it’s a helpful and meaningful experience. Please note - we will need to arrange a suitable date and time in advance. We can also bring the person who has died home, if that works for you (additional fee applies).

  • Ongoing advice on all aspects of the funeral and the ceremony from our experienced team.

  • Support and guidance in carrying the coffin yourself, if you wish to do so, or use of our professional bearers (£60 per bearer).

  • A personalised online announcement page so you can easily share details of the funeral with family and friends.
    See an example here.

  • Please see our FAQ page for more information about how we work.


2. Choose either cremation or burial

Disbursements are third party costs which we pay out on your behalf before the funeral takes place.

Cremation Fee

The cost of cremation varies widely throughout Greater London.  Expect to pay between £300 and £1300.  You can see the different crematoria in London here. You don’t need to choose the crematorium that’s local to you.
£ varies

Doctors Fees (cremation only)

By law, two doctors must confirm the cause of death before a cremation can go ahead.  If the coroner is involved, this is not necessary.

Burial Fee

The cost of burial varies widely throughout Greater London depending on the cemetery or natural burial ground you choose, and whether you’re resident in the borough.
£ varies

3. Your choice of ceremony

If you decide to have a funeral ceremony, you can choose the kind of ceremony you’d like and who you’d like to take it. The process of putting the funeral together can help you to grieve. Sitting down with friends and relatives to share stories, taking time to write a tribute or gathering photos for the order of service is as important as the actual funeral itself. 

4. Choose a coffin

We have handpicked the best in beautifully designed, well-crafted and ethically sourced and produced coffins. Please see our coffins page for options.

5. Choose the hearse and decide if you'd like any funeral cars

6. The Extras - make the funeral your own


Funeral Stationery

Additional Services

Prices apply from January 1st 2019

Our promise to you

We pride ourselves on working transparently. All of our services and prices are listed online.

When we meet with you, we’ll talk through the options available and then send an email with an estimate of the costs. We’ll do everything we can to ensure you understand the range of services we offer and how much the funeral will cost including any known disbursements (the fees to be paid on your behalf to doctors, ministers, cemetery or crematoria authorities and other third parties).

If you are struggling to find the funds for the funeral, please get in touch and we’ll do everything we can to help you to have the funeral you want. You can find more information about the help available to you here.

Payment terms

We ask that payment is made in full before the funeral takes place. We can accept payment by bank transfer, credit or debit card or cash.

As part of our commitment to being a modern funeral service, we work with a modern bank called Tide. This means we are unable to accept cheques.

Get in touch

We are here to help.  Please get in touch at any time to talk through the options.  We can help you to work out the right funeral for you, even if you don't know what that is right now.

It’s ok if you’re not ok

The Good Grief Trust exists to help people experiencing grief in the UK. The charity aims to be there for anyone who has been bereaved by acknowledging grief and providing reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support. If you’re struggling and need support and guidance, you can find specialist help by looking at the directory on their helpful website.