Cemetery and Crematorium Fees
The fees for a funeral are paid to Bereavement Services by the funeral director. If you are arranging a funeral without a funeral director you will pay the fees directly to Bereavement Services:
- Cremation and Medical Referee fee
- Interment fee
- Purchase of Exclusive Rights if our purchase form comes via the Funeral Director
The cremation fee includes all forms, administration, the use of the crematorium, chapel, organ and electronic music, the cremation and an eco-friendly container for the temporary storage of cremated remains.
Live streaming of funeral services
The East and West Chapels at the West Road Crematorium have the facilities to provide live webstreaming to enable family and friends of the deceased to remotely view the funeral service live.
Please note that the services are provided by an external company and rely on systems that are out of our control, for example internet speed. We cannot accept liability if the service is unavailable.
The live webcast service options are:
Live webcast fee: £31
Live webcast, plus 28 day downloadable fee: £46
Keepsake first copy fee (DVD/Blu-Ray/USB stick): £51 (additional copies of the same keepsake: £26 each)
The services are provided by Obitus, an external company, and rely on systems that are out of our control, for example internet speed and the operating systems. The council does not accept liability if the service is unavailable for reasons that are out of our control.
Please contact the funeral director dealing with the service for your choice of booking, or, if making your own arrangements, contact Bereavement Services for further information, email: email@example.com.
View Newcastle City Council cemetery and crematorium price information for 2022 here.
Monumental fees are usually charged to the monumental mason; however the monumental mason may ask a purchaser to make a payment directly to Bereavement Services.
Fees relating to non-grave memorials are paid directly to Bereavement Services.
Independent funeral costs
Some costs relating to the independent option are set out below. The below costs presume you use your own transport and bearers and keep the deceased at home or in the hospital mortuary (which is free of charge).
- Independent cremation fee (including medical reference fee) - approximately £894
- Doctor's fees for medical certificates - approximately £170
- Minister's/Secular Officiant's fee - approximately £200
Help with funeral payments
If you're on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral, you may be able to get a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund.