Church of England set to cut cremation charges

Emma Woollacott
a coffin in a morgue with a...
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The Church of England looks set to cut its charges for cremation, so that interring ashes will be cheaper than opting for a full grave. The plans are expected to be approved at next month's General Synod.

Currently, while some parishes already charge less for a cremation plot than a full-sized grave, many do not. If the changes are approved, the cost of interring ashes will fall from £278 to £120. While using a church for the service will remain at £174 in both cases, a simple graveside service will now cost £360 for burial but only £202 for cremations.