Crematorium and cemetery fees

It is important to find out if the deceased person had a funeral plan. This would generally cover the costs of the funeral.

If the person paying for the funeral is receiving any means tested benefits they may be able to claim financial help from the Government.

Cremation fees

TypeFee
Cremation of a body, 18 years or older (mercury abatement included in fee £56) £850.00
Early morning service (9.15am and 10.00am service only in the South Chapel) £645.00
Witness direct cremation (without service, no minister) 9.00 am West Chapel only £425.00
Cremation without service (no attendance by family/friends or minister) West Chapel only £305.00
Cremation for a Public Health funeral £600.00
Foetus, stillborn infant or child under 18 years Free of charge
Additional service time extension of 30 minutes or memorial service over run charge (if affecting next service or overtime) £425.00

Cremation fee includes:

  • medical referee’s fee
  • use of the chapel for a 30 minute service
  • the Obitus music system, for the service music requirements
  • the environmental levy of £56

If the ashes are to be collected or buried, the fee also includes:

  • disposal of ashes in the gardens of remembrance (unwitnessed)
  • ashes supplied in a biodegradable container

Ashes

TypeFee
Retention of ashes per month after the first month and for a maximum of 3 months£86.00
Out of England certificate (certified extract) or copy certificate£39.00
Scattering of ashes at crematorium where person was cremated at Reading (witnessed and unwitnessed)£45.00
Scattering of ashes at crematorium where person was cremated elsewhere£95.50

Memorial items

Book of Remembrance

TypeFee
Five line entry £135.50
Eight line entry £183.00
Five line with illuminated capital £205.00
Five line with a motif or service badge £229.50
Eight line with illuminated capital £256.00
Eight line with a motif or service badge £331.50
A full coat of arms £423.00
Cost per extra line (max 11 line entry) £30.25

Memorial card

TypeFee
Two line entry £49.50
Five line entry £83.50
Eight line entry £117.00
Five line entry with any type of motif £163.20
Eight line entry with any type of motif £182.00

Bronze kerb memorial plaque

TypeFee
Single plaque 6”x4” and 10 year lease £297.50
Single plaque with motif and 10 year lease £318.00
Renewal of lease for a further 10 years £195.00
Replacement/new plaque £102.50
Replacement/new plaque with motif £123.00
Additional cost for a cameo to be placed on plaque £100.00
Re-siting or moving of plaque to another path £64.00

Baby memorial items

TypeFee
Renewal of lease for a further 5 years (existing wall plaques) £23.50
Initial set up of plaque£138.50
Replacement plaque£80.50

Memorial vase and tablet

TypeFee
Vase, tablet and 10 year lease £576.00
Renewal of lease for a further 10 years £300.00

Memorial tree and memorial beds

TypeFee
Memorial tree/bed for a period of 10 years including a stem plaque £1119.50
Renewal of lease for a further 10 years £620.00

Memorial bench

TypeFee
Memorial bench for a period of 10 years including a bench plaque £1430.00
Renewal of lease for a further 10 years £700.00
Replacement/additional tree or bench plaque £155.50

Birdbath memorial plaques

TypeFee
Small birdbath plaque (row 1) and 10 year lease £413.00
Row 2 and 10 year lease £461.50
Medium birdbath plaque (row 3) and 10 year lease £525.00
Row 4 and 10 year lease £608.00
Large birdbath plaque (row 5) and 10 year lease £687.00
Renewal of lease for a further 10 years £300.00

Granite wall plaque (Hall of Memory)

TypeFee
Granite wall memorial plaque and 10 year lease £470.00
Renewal of lease for a further 10 years £300.00

Leaf memorial (Hall of Memory)

TypeFee
Initial set up of leaf and lease for 5 year period £144.50
Renewal lease £72.00
Replacement leaf £72.50

Sanctum for cremated remains

TypeFee
Granite memorial and 25 year lease £1135.00
Renewal lease for a further 25 years £690.00
Placing of ashes in the sanctum cremated at Reading Crematorium £45.00
Placing of ashes in the sanctum cremated at another crematorium £95.50

Cemetery fees – Henley Road including Reading Old and Victoria Road

Graves

Exclusive rights of burial for 75 years (deed of grant)

TypeFee
Mayfield lawn and Westfield (trebled for out of borough)* £1075.00
Mayfield traditional (trebled for out of borough)* £1500.00
Park cremated remains plot for 2 (trebled for out of borough)* £570.00
Graves in older sections in the cemeteryPrice on application
Purchase in reserve fee (trebled for out of borough)* £540.00
Extension of exclusive rights for a further period of 10 years on a lawn grave (trebled for out of borough)* £215.00
Extension of exclusive rights for a further period of 15 years on a lawn grave (trebled for out of borough)* £275.00
Extension of exclusive rights for a further period of 25 years on a lawn grave (trebled for out of borough)* £420.00
Extension on exclusive rights for a further period of 10 years on a traditional grave (trebled for out of borough)* £285.00
Extension on exclusive rights for a further period of 15 years on a traditional grave (trebled for out of borough)* £355.00
Extension on exclusive rights for a further period of 25 years on a traditional grave (trebled for out of borough)* £585.00

*The charges payable for the exclusive right of burial in any grave or vault will be trebled in the case of any person who was not an inhabitant of the Borough of Reading at the time of their death. Proof maybe required in the form of a council tax bill.

Interment fees (dig fee) for full burials

TypeFee
Interment of a person 18 years or older £840.00
Interment of a child aged 5 – 17 years £260.00
Interment of child under 5 years including stillborn £120.00
For any burial below 6’6” feet in depth standard, an additional charge will be made, in the lawn or traditional cemetery only, per burial for 18 years and older £297.00
Additional depth for under 18 years old £182.00

Additional depth charge will be made for coffin/casket burials 18 inches plus in depth to allow for 2 burials within one grave and to remain with in legal requirements.

Interment fees (dig fee) for ashes

TypeFee
Interment of ashes 18 years or older £145.00
Interment of ashes of a child aged 5-17 years £33.00
Interment of ashes under 5 years £15.50
Additional charge to be added for interment of ashes from away £50.50
Interment of ashes at full burial depth £840.00

Vaulted or walled graves

TypeFee
Muslim brick-lined grave interment £1600.00
Double depth £2400.00
Reopen of vault £840.00

This fee includes the building the cost of the grave being brick lined.

Common grave

TypeFee
If the body is that of a person aged 16 years or over £840.00
If the body is that of a person over 5 years £144.50
If the body is that of a stillborn child or under 5 years old Free of charge

Monuments, gravestones, tablets and kerb sets (permit fee)

For the right to erect any gravestone or monument on a grave space.

TypeFee
Traditional grave £290.50
Lawn grave £202.00
Cremated remains sections £74.50
Additional inscription or works £64.00

Associated fees for burials

TypeFee
Use of chapel prior to burial for a person 18 years and over £425.00
Use of chapel for NVF, stillborn or child under 18 years old £67.00

Other fees and charges

TypeFee
Purchase in reserve fee (treble for out of borough) £540.00
Transfer of grant of exclusive right of burial £92.00
Search fee for up to 4 records, per enquiry £16.50
Search fee for 1 record £4.90
Charge for provision of a Quran grave £840.00
Weekend surcharge – Saturday £430.00
Weekend surcharge – Sunday and bank holiday £620.00
Exhumation of a body Price on application
Exhumation of ashes£266.00
Administration fee for public health £278.00
Bench maintenance (powerwash and treatment with teak oil) £85.00
Removal of trees from plots Price on application
Moving/re-siting of a memorial plaque £64.00
Administration fee £64.00

Obitus webcast services

TypeFee
Live webcast £35.00
Live and on-demand webcast (28 days watch again) £49.50
Copy of webcast recording on DVD, Blu-ray or USB memory stick and audio CD£56.00
Additional copy CD, DVD, Blu-ray or USB £26.75
Single photo £13.90
Simple slideshow (up to 25 photos) £42.75
Photo tribute (up to 25 photos) £76.75
Additional 25 photos £25.75
Photos and video tribute (up to 2 minutes) £99.90
Family supplied video checking £22.50
Copy of webcast recording including the pro photo tribute on DVD, memory stick, Blu-ray £80.25
Downloadable copy of pro photo tribute £26.75
Extra work required on tributes £26.75
DVD of pro photo tribute only £26.75
Price on request for additional services for webcast and tributes Price on application

Updated April 2020