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A funeral plan is an easy way to organise your funeral arrangements in advance and specify your wishes.


unattended cremation

Option One
£ 1,785 (or pay monthly from £14.41*)
  • Unattended cremation
  • Basic coffin
  • Collection and transportation of the deceased (within a 25 mile radius) - within 24 hours
  • Provision of professional services and making all arrangements for the funeral
  • Family viewing at pre-arranged time
  • Private ambulance to a local crematorium
  • No limousine
  • An allowance towards the fees for the Crematorium
  • An allowance towards the doctors' fees (including certification of death)
  • No allowance towards the minister or officiant's fees
  • Summary of costs
  • Funeral director services : £846.10
  • Third party allowance : £653.90
  • Golden Charter arrangement fee*** : £285.00
  • Total cost : £1,785.00


* The pay monthly price is based on a 50 year old paying by the instalment payment option with a £49 deposit over 15 years. An instalment charge is included based on the term you select and is included in the overall cost of your funeral plan.

*** Paid to Golden Charter to cover the cost of setting up, managing and administering your funeral plan.

Third party allowance

These costs are for essential, non-funeral director services required to carry out a cremation, which need to be paid at the time of the funeral. These costs are outside the control of your funeral director, but a contribution is included towards them in your plan.

Examples of third party costs that may be covered by the allowance included in your plan are doctor’s fees (if applicable), cremation or interment fees, and the minister or officiant’s fee to conduct the service. Please check what’s included with your chosen plan using the table above.

If the amount included in your plan for third party costs doesn’t fully cover these, then the additional sum will need to be paid at the time of your funeral by your family or estate.

For your information

E Turnbull & Son Ltd is an appointed representative of Golden Charter Limited. Golden Charter Limited trading as Golden Charter Funeral Plans is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 965279). Registered Office: One Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7WS No. 2511598

Golden Charter funeral plans

These funeral plans are provided by Golden Charter – one of the UK’s largest funeral plans providers* with over 30 years’ experience in funeral planning.

Having reassurance your wishes will be taken care of is important when you’re planning for later life. In a 2022 survey, 92% of Golden Charter customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their service and 91% would recommend it to a friend**. What’s more, almost 900,000 people have already chosen to plan ahead with Golden Charter, and now you can have that peace of mind too***.

Fees: the retail price of your funeral plan is representative of the equivalent cost of a funeral today plus an arrangement fee of £285 which is retained by Golden Charter to help cover the costs of setting up your plan.

* Based on a Golden Charter analysis and independent research of the funeral plan market size as at January 2023.

** Based on independent research by CJM Research in Nov 2022 amongst 1048 customers.

*** Correct at March 2023.


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Funeral Director North Shields - Turnbull's

We are here to support and guide you through every detail, helping you create a fitting ceremony and celebration of life.

Everything that we do is built on empathy, choice and providing value. Our belief is that since we’re all unique, our funerals should be too.

When a death occurs we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us if you need help and advice around bereavement even if not considering us as funeral director.

Call – 0191 257 1201

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