Independent Funeral Directors covering Chelmsford and Essex

An Alternative To Costly Cremations

We all know that the UK is struggling to deal with its deficit: prices have risen, whilst wages have fallen, and it seems as though we all have to pay more but receive less. Unfortunately, it seems that this rise in the cost of living follows us right to the very end; the Royal London National Funeral Cost Index Report found that cremation costs actually increased by 4.2% between 2014 and 2015 – well above the rate of inflation.

In real terms, they report that the average cost of a cremation funeral in the UK was £3,294 in 2015, which was nearly £140 more than the previous year. Surprisingly, perhaps, the cost of cremation funerals has risen far quicker than the cost of burial funerals.

In South Essex specifically, the average cost of a cremation funeral rose from £3,129 in 2014 to £3,289 in 2015.

Secure Haven: More Services, Lower Cost

At Secure Haven, we strive to keep our costs low, putting a lot of thought into what additional services we can include in our funeral packages that will make things easier for grieving families.

For the average cost of £3,289, a cremation funeral in Essex includes:

  • A funeral with collection/care of the deceased
  • A coffin
  • Use of a hearse
  • Management of a service at a crematorium

However, our Sympathy Package costs just £2,895 (less than the average cost of a funeral back in 2014) and includes all of the above services plus:

  • Doctors’ fees
  • Private viewing at our Chapel of Rest
  • Embalming
  • Rental of a silk floral tribute
  • An order of service
  • An elegant brass urn
  • Three months’ storage of ashes in a secure niche*

*Secure Haven are the only funeral directors that offer a private, indoor columbarium, which is a room specially designed with individual niches to securely store ashes within their urns. This is a quiet and respectful place where you can spend time with your loved one’s ashes for some peaceful reflection. All of our cremation funeral packages include a free period of storage of ashes in our columbarium.

How we can help?

Based between Chelmsford and Brentwood, we value our local reputation in Essex as a new modern, affordable, independent family run funeral directors, where our customers and their families receive clear choices and clear price options for cremation funerals.

Whether you wish to plan ahead and opt for a prepayment plan or have recently lost a loved one and need to make arrangements within your budget to provide the respectful funeral you would wish for them, we can help. We can meet your needs at a far lower cost than the average funeral in the UK and have a variety of funeral packages for you to choose from that will meet the needs of you and your family.

Why choose Secure Haven?

Our prices are transparent with no hidden extras or unpleasant surprises. We will always discuss your needs and inform you of options available that fall within your budget. Our cremation funerals cost far less than elsewhere in Essex.

You will not be pressured into paying more than you can afford and we will take great care to make arrangements that are personal and suitable for your family and loved ones. We offer special rates for veterans, members of the armed services who use the Defence Discount Service, as well as members of the Blue Light Card.

We are signed up to the Fair Funerals Pledge, which states that we understand that people can struggle with the cost of funerals and accordingly we make our most affordable price packages available and transparent – That we charge clear prices and discuss these with clients from the start.

Contact us

If you wish to discuss pre-arranging your own funeral please feel free to get in touch with us at any time to talk about what you have in mind and what price plans we can offer. If you have lost a loved one or are soon to do so and need to start making arrangements for their funeral care, please phone us for any information, guidance and advice you could need.