How it Works & Costs

We're based in London and can help you to arrange a funeral anywhere within the Greater London area.

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 goodbye ceremony or a personalised celebration of life.

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.

Encouraging you to participate as much or as little as you wish, we help you to create the funeral you want and need to say goodbye to the person who has died.  We can offer advice on cemeteries, woodland and natural burials, crematoria, alternative funeral venues and memorial services.

A Poetic Endings funeral is made up of four parts:
1. The Essentials
2. The Disbursements (third party costs)
3. The Coffin
4. The Vehicles
5. Extras


We are here to help.  Please get in touch at any time to talk through the options.  We're 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:

  • An initial meeting with you to discuss all aspects of the funeral. We can meet 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 £150 for our out-of-hours service.
  • Our gentle and sensitive care of the person who has died in brand new facilities in South East London by our experienced team, which includes washing, dressing and our non-invasive approach.
  • Spending time with the person who has died in a peaceful and beautiful setting.  Or we can bring them home, if that works for you.
  • 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 (£40 per bearer).
  • A personalised online announcement page so you can easily share details of the funeral with family and friends.  See an example here


2. Disbursements

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 £900.  You can see crematoria in London here.
£ varies

Doctors Fees

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.
£ varies

3. 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.

4. Choose the hearse & decide if you'd like any funeral cars

4. The Extras - make the funeral your own

The Ceremony

Funeral Stationery

Additional Services

Prices apply from January 1st 2018

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