What’s included in the Essential Cremation Option?

An essential cremation costs £1,895, excluding any third party fees.

This is a much simpler and lower-cost option which may not be suitable for your needs. You can see what’s included below.

Essential Cremation Service

A low cost alternative

This is a direct like-for-like comparison of the Co-Operative Essential Funeral in terms of the level of service being provided. There are certain restrictions on date and time, products and services available. It is certainly a much lower level of service than we would ordinarily provide to our clients.

Our Funeral Costs – £1,895

Third Party Fees – from £350

Estimated Full Total £2,245

Our service to you includes

  • Our professional fees for this lower cost level of service
  • Free use of our Service Chapel if you choose this option, allowing you to choose an unattended cremation for the lowest cost possible
  • meeting you to arrange the funeral service in one of our premises or over the telephone.
  • helping you complete the necessary paperwork and liaising with all third parties on your behalf
  • helping you access support from SAIF Care Bereavement Support if you wish
  • collecting the ashes from the crematorium and keeping them safely in our care for 12 weeks for you to collect or take time to consider Urns & Cremation Jewellery
  • Setting up a free personalised In Memory page to collect donations online, we do this at no additional charge and provide you with full administrative control to add photos & memories as well as collect donations with GiftAid (other providers charge for this service)

We will care for the deceased by

  • moving them into our care within south Devon, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our specialist private ambulance
  • once in our care we will wash and dress the deceased in our Chapel in a dignified manner, including dressing them in their own clothes or a plain gown
  • providing a simple coffin for the funeral
  • look after the deceased in our tranquil private chapel of rest until the funeral itself
  • be able to arrange visitation to the chapel of rest during office hours by appointment
  • arrange for your chosen music to be played at the service
  • arrange for a minister / celebrant to speak with you about the service, this makes the whole service more personal. You don’t have to have this if you would prefer do your own thing and keep the costs down

Look at our Tailored Cremation Service

for our full range of services and options

On the day of the funeral

  • your funeral director will be alongside you to ensure everything is carried out according to your wishes as agreed
  • If using our Service Chapel, we will set up the Chapel and arrange the music so everything is ready for your arrival. The coffin will already be in the Chapel, so there is no cortege.
  • If you choose to have the service at Torquay Crematorium, family members can choose to carry the coffin, or we can provide a wheeled bier to move the coffin if preferred
  • we will convey the deceased directly to the crematorium for the service in a suitable vehicle

Look at our Tailored Cremation Service

for our full range of services and options

dealing with grief

Additional products and services

For an additional cost you can add the following to the essential funeral:

  • service at Torquay Crematorium instead of our Service Chapel (£995)
  • Minister / Celebrant (from £160)
  • embalming (if requested, needed or advised)
  • memorial items such as Ashes into Glass, Fingerprint Jewellery and more

If you choose an essential funeral you cannot

  • visit the person who has died out of normal office hours
  • have a cortege – we’ll travel directly to the crematorium or burial ground and meet you there
  • request our bearers to shoulder the coffin
  • choose the date and time of the funeral
  • choose an alternative coffin
  • choose an alternative ceremonial vehicle
  • place additional items such as flowers on the funeral account or ask us to produce an order of service, but you can do this yourself

Look at our Tailored Cremation Service

for our full range of services and options

A Guide to Funeral Costs

In our opinion, there is so much more to a funeral service than the cost. We feel that we charge a fair price for our services which we feel are second to none. That said, we are aware that some families may be concerned by the cost of a funeral.  This is why everything that we do is put together on a bespoke basis, whether the service is to be very simple or more involved.

There are several national corporate funeral directors that have premises locally, such as the Co-Operative and Funeral Partners (who own Maunders in Paignton, Drakes of Torbay and Torbay & District Funeral Service in Torquay).

Many other providers appear to offer low cost funeral options. Be aware that many of their ‘extra’ charges are significantly more expensive, meaning the price advertised is often far from the price payable. 


Stockman & Loram is a family run business

Everything we do is focused on your wishes, your choices, your budget


Stockman & Loram are here to help you by tailoring a funeral service to suit all requirements and budgets. Whether you are wishing to arrange very simple cremation or a more personal farewell, we can provide a clear breakdown of the likely costs that will be applicable.  We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service to our families that we look after, which has resulted in our fantastic reputation, gained over four generations.

Stockman & Loram treat every individual that we look after as if they were one of our own family. Nothing is too much trouble. You can tailor the funeral with a wide range of various options to make sure that the funeral is personal, meaningful and intimate..

Whilst we don’t routinely price match with other companies, we are always happy to discuss arrangements. Often the prices that other firms quote are not a true reflection of what you require as many only offer package style funerals.

We strongly encourage you to come and discuss your wishes with us, even if preliminary enquiries have been made with another company. So many families are amazed at the difference in how we do things. Contact Stockman & Loram on 01803 882385 to arrange a no obligation meeting or to discuss funeral costs and options.

We take care of every aspect of the funeral service

  • No obligation estimates and advice
  • Floral tributes
  • Pre-payment funeral plans
  • Catering services
  • Monumental masonry services
  • Traditional and modern coffins
Call Us
To discuss funeral services for your loved one, call our team on 01803 843 710, 01803 552 112