One of the roles of a Funeral Director is to help you understand how much a funeral costs, explaining everything from our funeral director fees to the payments that we make on your behalf, making it as clear as possible to help you make an informed choice on which funeral will be right for you.

The cost of a funeral depends on the choices you make and where the funeral is to be conducted.

The of a funeral is made up of the two charges:

  1. Charges by the funeral director to include, the coffin, the removal of the deceased, use of hearse, pall bearers and our professional fee for the arrangement and co-ordination of the funeral.
  2. Disbursements paid out by us on your behalf to include grave opening/closing, professional treatment of the deceased, interment fees, cremation fees, doctor/coroner fees, obituary notices in newspapers and/or radio, church offerings, live streaming services, florist, soloist and/or musicians and gratuities.

The cost of each funeral will vary depending on the type of funeral chosen. We will provide you with an estimate of cost based on your wishes at the time of booking.

1) Funeral Directors fees

These relate to the services and materials provided by Thompson Funeral Directors.

Funeral Service & Cost Guide, Use of Hearse and Ceremony Attendance

At our initial meeting we will discuss whether you wish for the deceased to be buried or cremated. We will liaise with medical personnel to arrange the completion of the death notification form and in the case of cremation, the signed cremation forms. We will also arrange for the removal of remains from the place of death into our care and we will arrange embalming, preparation, dressing and presentation of the deceased.

Options for viewing at the Funeral Home and/or return to the family home, or a chapel of rest at a nursing home will be discussed and agreed with family. We will confirm our attendance, overseeing and officiating during the course of the funeral proceedings as well as any additional requests by the family. Duties carried out by Thompson Funeral Directors are listed below. If there is anything not listed below which you would like to be included as part of the funeral arrangements, please feel free to contact us and we can discuss your requests during a personal and private meeting.

  • Liaising/confirming details with clergy, churches, cemeteries, crematoria, as required.
  • Caring for, preparing and dressing the deceased, as per the family’s wishes.
  • Providing and assisting in the selection of a coffin or casket from our extensive range.
  • Assisting in preparing and inserting death notices for publication.
  • Arranging for the use of our Funeral Home as an alternative to your private residence.
  • Organising the opening and closing of a grave plot.
  • Assisting with music and hymn selection by putting you in contact with local soloists/musicians.
  • Providing condolence books which can be signed at the Funeral Home, residence, church. Printing condolences from
  • Arranging for the use of our funeral home as an alternative to a private home for reposing.

2) Third Party Costs

These relate to costs incurred as part of the agreed funeral arrangements.  We pay third party costs on your behalf and then include those costs on the final bill. Third party costs are only ever incurred with your prior approval.  These include items such as the purchase of a grave, grave opening/closing, cremation charges, church fees, funeral notices, flowers, musicians, soloist, interment fee etc.

Funeral Home/Family Home Combination

Many families wish to combine the intimacy of bringing their loved one home for a private viewing and hosting a public repose in our Funeral Home.

This may be necessary due to the issues which may arise with holding a public repose in a family home such as parking management.

This combination can be facilitated by Thompson Funeral Directors and confirmation of the exact details and request can be discussed at the initial funeral arrangement meeting.