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Funeral Costs

A Direct Cremation

Not everyone wants a traditional funeral, and a direct cremation takes care of all the essentials of a funeral and is ideal for those who do not wish to have a ceremony, as it has no procession and has no attendance of mourners.

A direct cremation is an affordable alternative to a full-service funeral. Cremation fees are included, along with doctors’ fees, conveying the deceased into our care in our private ambulance (within a 40 mile radius), care of the deceased, a simple coffin, transportation in our hearse to the crematorium and free announcement on our website and Facebook page. We will also collect the ashes from the crematorium for you, if wished.

This option is a low-cost, respectful, fuss free funeral, but we still guarantee our high standard of care to you and your loved one. The cost of our direct cremation is £1095.00.


For a simple funeral our fees are as follows

Our Professional Charges for arranging the funeral in accordance with instructions. Including preparation of the deceased; use of our Private Chapel of Rest; preparation of paperwork and liaison with the appropriate authorities, as necessary. Collection and administration of charity donations, free announcement on our website and Facebook page. £805.00

Bringing the deceased into our care, within a 40 mile radius, to our Chapel of Rest. £150.00

Care of deceased, and provision of modern, hygienic mortuary facilities. £155.00

Provision of hearse. £210.00

Provision of veneered oak coffin (alternative coffins listed below). £310.00

Total of our fees for a simple funeral. £1630.00


Although our fees include all that we do whilst caring for you and your loved one, there are also third party fees, known as disbursements, which make up the total price.

These may include crematorium, church, doctors, minister/celebrant, newspapers announcements, floral tributes etc. As we care for families over large parts of Cornwall, fees can vary in different areas.

We have listed below a few examples of these fees but can give you an exact price when we know the specific details.


Glynn Valley Crematorium £999.00

Penmount Crematorium £931.00

Treswithian Downs Crematorium £890.00

Doctor’s fee for cremation certificate £82.00

C of E vicar/Methodist minister at crematorium £199.00 (plus possible travelling expenses)

Funeral Celebrant £190.00

Service in church, followed by committal service at crematorium/cemetery - from £228.00

Burial in a churchyard (following on from a service in church) – from £519.00

Announcement in Cornish Guardian/Western Morning News (approximately) £70.00-£90.00

Gravedigger (varies in different areas) Approximately £400-£480.00


Additional services offered by us

Use of our Ron Bray Chapel for service (Chapel seats 80)

Use of our Function Room for reception/wake

An alternative coffin (see selection below)



Printed Orders of Service

An alternative hearse - for example horse drawn hearse, motorcycle hearse, VW hearse

PA System and music system

Ashes caskets, urns and keepsakes

Obituary notices

Floral tributes


Other options to the veneered oak coffin (listed above) are as follows. These coffins can be viewed, if wished, in our coffin display room.

Cardboard coffin £225.00

Veneered oak coffin with raised lid or panelled sides £400.00

Veneered oak coffin with raised lid and panelled sides £495.00

Solid oak coffin £765.00

Solid oak coffin with raised lid £850.00

Solid oak coffin with raised lid and panelled sides £900.00

Seagrass coffin £520.00

Wicker coffin £520.00

Cane coffin £520.00

Banana leaf coffin £520.00

Coco-stick coffin £520.00

Picture coffin (Approximately) £615.00






Funeral Plans

To help relieve their families, an increasing number of people are planning their own funerals and quite often paying for them in advance.

We provide funeral plans in association with Golden Charter. Our most popular plan is ‘The Independent Way’ where we find out your wishes, and work out the costs involved locally. You decide on what kind of funeral you would like, you can specify every detail in advance, and you can personalise your arrangements any way you please.

By paying in advance our plans let you beat inflation, effectively freezing the funeral costs at today's prices. When the time comes‚ your loved ones will be spared much of the burden of organising a funeral. There will be no bill left for them to pay for the services covered by the plan, which has the financial security of being held in an independent trust fund.

At R J Bray & Son we guarantee that, as long as you stay in the same area, whatever you pay for on the plan, our costs and third party, no matter how much they increase, your family will not be asked to pay another penny.

All of our help and guidance with arranging funeral plans is free of charge. Golden Charter charge a one off arrangement fee of £249.00, but there are no additional charges in the future, meaning that all of your money is invested in your funeral plan.

These are just some of the benefits. If you would like more details, please contact us for a friendly chat. As we are funeral directors, and not salesmen, there will no pressure or obligation.


Bereavement Support Group

If you feel that it maybe a help to yourself, or members of your family, you will be very welcome to attend our Bereavement Support Group. 

This group is for people who have experienced bereavement, either recently, in past months, or even years. The aim of the group is to bring people together to share time and experiences with others in a similar situation. 

We know there are times when you might feel alone and seek some friendly faces, you may want to talk about your loss, or simply feel at ease and enjoy the company. 

Join us at our meetings for a cup of tea and a chat, meet people who are happy to listen and support you. 

There will also be a Bereavement Counsellor present, if anyone would like to have a private chat in one of our offices. 

The meetings will be monthly, and free of charge, between 4.00pm - 6.00pm at the Function Room, in our Funeral Home. 

If you feel that you would like to attend, please contact our office to confirm the date of the next meeting.


























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