What funeral director’s call their professional fee is a ragbag of charges. Every funeral director’s ragbag is different. Some charge separately for items which others bundle in with their professional fee.

For example, some funeral directors charge separately for the use of a hearse or limousine; others include them.

So, if you’re price comparison shopping, don’t use the professional fee as a benchmark. The only way to compare between funeral directors is by getting full estimates.

The basic elements which make up the professional fee are:  

expertise

advice

paperwork

around 43 hours of staff time

overheads associated with running the business