Coffin Prices UK: Why People Spend as Much on Coffins as Cars

Coffin Prices: Why Do People Spend as Much on a Coffin as a Car?

The fact is coffin prices in the UK vary based on several factors. Also, there are now greener options that may provide a bit of a price break.

It’s often the case that people feel – how much you spend on a funeral and coffin correlates to how much you love the deceased individual. When you are grieving, you may not know what else to do and often feel under pressure to make decisions; due to the timescale and gravity of the situation.

Keep reading to learn more about coffin prices, whether you need to spend more and factors that will impact the price you pay for a coffin.

The Funeral Industry

The UK funeral industry, which is currently worth an estimated £2 billion a year, is under a lot of pressure. In fact, government watchdogs are monitoring this industry; because they believe the high prices of funerals today may not be justified.

While this can be true, one of the biggest expenses of the event is the coffin. Many family members feel pressured to spend more and buy into upsells from retailers. The truth is, affordable, quality coffins are widely available to the general public.

If you’re like most, spending on the perfect funeral can be significant. While this may not be something you’re looking forward too, its common to feel like you need to splash out to get the send off that a loved one deserves.

Coffin Prices: Why Do People Spend as Much on a Coffin as a Car?

Tips for Selecting a Coffin or Casket

Don’t let the process of this selection overwhelm you. Take your time to consider it carefully, although its tempting to feel in a rush when organising a funeral; this often comes from a place of anxiety to get things organised, rather than a genuine lack of time.

Coffin makers and suppliers are used to working to tight deadlines as it is the nature of their work and should be able to accommodate any request at fairly short notice. While it’s an important decision, you do have affordable options to choose from. Some factors that impact the final price are found here.

Coffin Material

You can find coffins and caskets in several materials. Some of the most popular options include traditional veneered wood, cardboard, willow and other imported woven materials such as seagass and banana leaf.

Keep in mind, buying directly from the maker will likely save you money compared to buying from a funeral director regardless of the material you choose.

If you want an eco-friendly option, the top picks for green credentials are English made cardboard or wicker coffins. Both are made from renewable natural materials that don’t cost the earth.

Its worth noting that any wicker coffin not made from English willow, will likely be imported rather than grown and crafted here in the UK (which of course reduces its green credentials). We source and grow our willow as locally as possible and hand weave our coffins at our workshop in Sussex.

Coffin Size & Prices

Another factor that may impact the cost of the coffin is the size you buy. You need to have the approximate height and weight of the person being buried or cremated, so you can find a coffin that will work. Some suppliers will charge a different rate for various sizes whereas others will charge a flat rate with no bearing on size.

Customisation Options

Most common customisation are the addition of flowers and usually a simple nameplate. There is nothing to stop you decorating the coffin yourself; without using a florist and creating a unique display from bought or foraged flowers from your garden.

The same can be said for a nameplate, usually one is required by law but you are completely free to get creative and make one yourself; as long as it clearly marks the full name of the deceased. Along with the full name it is customary to include the date of death and age on the nameplate, though this is just a convention.

All sorts of metal coffin ornamentation is available; usually designed to suit a traditional wood coffin, these extras can add up quickly and increase the cost. So if you want to stay on a budget, avoid extravagant extras and give some thought to what you may be able to do yourself as a family.

Often the best most meaningful funerals come from the thought and attention to detail; that is put into the coffin and ceremony rather than to amount of money spent.

Coffin Prices & Your Budget

When it comes to coffin prices, there are several factors that impact the final price you pay. Remember, in many cases the cost will be dictated by the retail margin rather than the actual coffin; so don’t be afraid to shop around and find the best deal.

Affordable Coffin Prices

Be sure you put time and effort into finding an affordable option for your loved one. Also remember, the amount you spend on the coffin and funeral is not a reflection of how much you loved the person. You can create a beautiful and meaningful ceremony whatever your budget.

If you need help or information about making the arrangements for a deceased family member, contact us. We can help ensure the funeral meets your needs and budget.

FFMA Certified & Approved Cremation Coffins For UK Crematorium

FFMA Approved Wicker Coffins, Willow Caskets & Wicker Urns

We believe that the quality of our coffin products, is one of our unique selling points. Our high standards are maintained through attention to detail and continual improvement. This has recently been validated, with our coffins receiving the crematorium seal of approval and gaining FFMA Certification. Making our coffins approved for cremation in the UK.

Read on to find out about the certification process and what this means…

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What is the Process of Cremation? 5 Vital Things to Know

What is the Process of Cremation?

There are a lot of uncertainties in life, but the process of cremation does not have to be one of them. Making arrangements after the loss of a loved one is an important process and we will help you through each step.

We at Sussex Willow Coffins believe in finding the best options for these final important decisions. Cremation gives you a smart, efficient, cost effective and clean way to have a respectful funeral service.

Let’s walk through the major steps of cremation, some items to consider, and what the final process will be like. Continue reading “What is the Process of Cremation? 5 Vital Things to Know”

Guide To Planning DIY Funerals + 6 Funeral Arrangement Ideas

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In this post we hope to provide you with some do it yourself Funeral Arrangement Ideas; and our Guide To Planning DIY Funerals in the UK. Wondering if you can make your own funeral arrangements without a funeral director? Yes you can! Read on to find out how…

In the UK there is no legal requirement to use a funeral director to plan a funeral. You are the funeral director! Though many funerals are planned and arranged by using a funeral director; arranging a DIY funeral is possible yourself (with the help of this ‘how to’ guide). Continue reading “Guide To Planning DIY Funerals + 6 Funeral Arrangement Ideas”

Cremation or Burial: Which Is Better For The Environment?

Couple with mortuary urn and flowers at cremation or burial

There are a lot of considerations that need to be explored at the end of one’s life. You might be planning for the end of your own life; or you might be in charge of someone else’s arrangements. While there will be a lot to think about and discuss; there is one big decision you will need to make upfront… cremation or burial?

Is one better than the other for the environment? Read on and we’ll walk you through what you need to know; so that you can make a more informed decision. Continue reading “Cremation or Burial: Which Is Better For The Environment?”

Green Burial Options: Benefits of Sussex Willow Coffins

green burial options

When we lose someone we love, we want to honour them and their values around environmental impact. At Sussex Willow Coffins, we create intricately crafted eco friendly coffins made from handwoven wicker willow; that make for beautiful Green Burial Options for natural burial grounds.

We share in your love for the Earth as well as the attention to detail that your loved ones deserve. Sussex Willow Coffins makes several natural burial coffins suited to green funerals. We want to work with you and your family to help you find the perfect one. Read on to learn how we can help you say goodbye while being environmentally friendly. Continue reading “Green Burial Options: Benefits of Sussex Willow Coffins”