During a period of mourning, the ‘M’ word is often a taboo subject and difficult to think or talk about. At Affertons we believe in being completely open and honest about money and financial arrangements from the get-go. And we’ll discuss it with you in a sensitive manner.

At Affertons, our aim is to offer fair prices which are also competitive. We aim to keep costs low so that we can pass those on to you. We understand the financial burden funerals can place on families.

We also think it’s important to be transparent with our pricing, with no hidden charges. We encourage you to ‘shop around’ for price comparisons. Even though this is a sensitive time, getting value for money is still important.

What you can be assured with Affertons is that we will always deliver to the highest possible standard, with the lowest overheads, and with customer service and personal attention that can’t be beat.

What makes us different?

There are two elements that make up the total cost of the funeral:

1. Funeral Director Charges

  • Arranging the funeral and taking care of all the necessary paperwork and statutory forms. (Professional fees)
  • Liaising with persons officiating and participating. (i.e. clergy, organists etc.)
  • Transportation of your loved one from where they have passed away to our rest rooms
  • Care of the deceased and use of viewing facilities
  • Provision of a purpose-built motor hearse and limousine if required
  • Provision of a fully furnished coffin of your choice
  • Arranging for all disbursements to be paid on your behalf

2. Third Party Costs

  • Crematorium fee which does not include use of organ
  • Fees/donations to church, clergy or persons officiating
  • Organists and/or Beadles fees
  • Florists
  • Memorial accounts
  • N.B. There are no doctors’ fees or Procurator Fiscal fees in Scotland.

Getting financial help

​If you’re on a low income and feel funding could help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging, you could be entitled to a Funeral Payment from the Government. The Funeral Support Scotland payment is currently £1010.00 and can help pay for:

  • Burial fees
  • Cremation fees
  • Up to £700 for funeral expenses, eg funeral director’s fees, coffin
  • Travel to arrange or go to the funeral
  • The costs for moving the body within the UK – but only for the part of the journey that’s over 50 miles

Important Notice

If there’s a close relative of the deceased who isn’t getting one of the qualifying benefits, you may not be entitled to help from the social fund.

​Qualifying depends on your circumstances. You must be one of the following:

  • The partner of the deceased when they died
  • A close relative or close friend of the deceased
  • The parent of the still-born baby the parent of the deceased child, if they were under 16 (or under 20 and not in full-time education)

​You (or your partner) must get one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • The disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit
  • One of the extra elements of Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

What’s on your own funeral wishlist?

Let’s face it: most people don’t like to think about funerals until they have to. And when someone passes away, too often families are unprepared. That’s why we encourage you to take the burden you’re your loved ones and start preparing now.

Think about the tone, theme, music and style of how you’d like your life to be celebrated. Let us know opposite and we’ll give you a free consultation to discuss them, then keep your details on file.

Let us know