Cremation Costs

Unfortunately, with the cost of living increasing in today’s economy, the cost of dying is likely to put some strain on the average family as well. The bill for cremation was around £400 a decade ago, but many are now reaching the £600 mark, add that to the cost of the funeral itself and final number could reach around £1200. The fee for the crematorium is going to be the lion’s share of the cost; it does vary from place to place, but generally breaks down to the cost of carrying out the cremation use of the chapel, and the fee for the medical referee.
Due to dangerous toxins being emitted when a person is embalmed and/or cremated, the EU have to carefully monitor the gases produced by crematoriums. Atmospheric dioxins and poisonous pollutants like mercury have been linked to a number of diseases. Because of scientific evidence linking one sixth of the UK’s mercury emissions to crematoriums, new filters are being installed, which will not just prevent pollutants escaping into the atmosphere, but they will also drive the cost of cremations up by around a hundred pounds.
Experimentation with different materials for the coffin can lead to a lower cost though; chipboard or even cardboard structures are proving popular due to their lower cost and lesser impact on the environment. Funeral homes are also beginning to advise families on what the deceased should be dressed in when they are cremated, as man-made fibres are more damaging to the atmosphere, natural fabrics are suggested as another option.