Funeral Plans

Independent Way Funeral Plans with Golden Charter

We have a selection of cremation funeral plans available to view and purchase online by clicking the button below. For burial or more detailed bespoke funeral plans, please contact us for further details.

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What is a Funeral Plan?

A funeral plan is an easy way to arrange the funeral you want in advance. A plan allows you to specify your wishes and pay for the funeral director’s services included in your plan. As our customers often tell us, that can bring peace of mind to you and your family. A plan from Golden Charter also includes an allowance towards third party costs. These are essential, non-funeral director services such as the cremation or burial fees, plus the minister or officiant’s fee to perform the service.

At R. Locke & Son, we work in partnership with Golden Charter to provide you with a safe and reliable way to plan ahead. As one of the UK’s largest funeral plan providers*, Golden Charter has helped 900,000 people make funeral provisions** so we’re completely confident in offering their plans to you.

Everyone has different needs when it comes to funeral planning, so we make sure the plans we offer are as flexible as possible. When you get in touch, we’ll be happy to discuss your funeral requirements and tailor a plan to suit you. Rest assured a plan from Golden Charter is available to all UK residents who are over 18, regardless of age or state of health.

*Based on selling 14% of funeral plans in the UK in 2021
**Correct at April 2022

What is a Funeral Plan?

A Plan To Suit Your Needs

As an independently owned funeral director, we’ll take the time to understand your wishes and tailor a plan to suit you. We can discuss these at our premises or in the comfort of your own home. If you’d prefer to discuss this over the phone or via email, we can assist with this too. You can tell us about any preferences you have in mind – the type of funeral you would like to have, hymns, music or any other personal touches – and we’ll make sure your plan takes these into account.

What’s included in a pre-paid funeral plan?

Our funeral director’s services will be covered in your funeral plan, which means our fees will be fixed at today’s prices. These services typically include:

  • Professional services and making arrangements for cremation or burial.
  • Transportation of the deceased from the place of death to our premises, chapel of rest or other suitable location.
  • Care of the deceased and preparations for family viewing if requested.
  • Advice on the certification and registration of death and related documentation.
  • Provision of funeral vehicles.
  • Advice on bereavement counselling.
  • Coffin or casket requested.

Although a pre-paid funeral plan can cover all of the services above, there are some additional third party costs to consider. These are the costs for essential, non-funeral director services required to carry out a cremation or burial which need to be paid at the time of the funeral. These costs are outside our control. Depending on the plan type chosen, a Golden Charter funeral plan can include a contribution towards some third party costs. They may include:

  • Crematorium fee.
  • Minister or officiant’s fee.
  • Cemetery fee: the opening of a new or existing grave for burial or interment of cremated remains.
  • Other third party costs that may be associated with a funeral include:
  • Purchase of grave.
  • Church fees or hire of a service venue.
  • Fees for organist or soloist.
  • Memorial, such as a headstone, entry in a book of remembrance, or the planting of a tree.
  • Catering, floral tributes and newspaper announcements.

There will only be more to pay at the time of the funeral if the third party costs exceed the allowance when you buy your plan, or if the costs increase by more than the growth of your plan. Even if prices rise in the future, once your plan is paid for, you’ll have the reassurance of knowing there’ll be nothing more to pay for our services included in the plan – guaranteed.

Payment options to suit you

With a Golden Charter funeral plan, you can pay for your plan in several ways. Spread the cost or make a one-off payment – simply choose the one that’s right for you. We will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

As well as covering the delivery of your funeral as per the terms and conditions of your plan, your plan price includes a one-off £249 arrangement fee, which Golden Charter retains as a contribution towards setting up your funeral plan. Your payments will be safe and secure in the Golden Charter Trust. With a Golden Charter funeral plan your payments are protected. Your money will be transferred and held in the Golden Charter Trust.

Looking after you as a customer

As a Golden Charter plan holder, you’ll receive personalised plan documents, which include a summary of your plan, our details, your plan holder certificate and a personal membership card for you to carry in your purse or wallet. You can add a nominated representative to your plan if you wish to do so. Your nominated representative will receive a letter which will provide details of your plan and our details, as your chosen funeral director. They will have no authority to make changes to your plan.

You’ll also receive a statement from Golden Charter every three years which will be sent via your preferred contact method. As your funeral director, we’ll hold full details of your funeral plan. When the time comes, one phone call is all it takes to activate your plan and get the arrangements underway.

Ready to take the next step? Get in touch today

As well as the comfort of having a plan in place, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with being able to help save your family from worry and expense in the future. So why not take the next step?

We have a selection of cremation funeral plans available to view and purchase online by clicking the button below.

For burial or more detailed bespoke funeral plans, please contact us for further details.

View Funeral Plan Price List Buy a Funeral Plan Online Request Information
View Funeral Plan Price List Buy a Funeral Plan Online Request Information

R. Locke & Son is an appointed representative of Golden Charter Limited trading as Golden Charter Funeral Plans which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN:965279).
Golden Charter Limited - Registered in England No. 02511598. Registered Office: One Fleet Place, London EC4M 7WS.

  • I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of R. Locke and Son. I cannot thank all of the team enough for their professionalism, compassion and gentle direction following the death of my partner. Knowing that he would be respectfully cared for, and that I would be guided throughout the whole process of planning a fitting funeral service made the situation just so much easier. No request, question or concern was ever too much – always answered promptly and skilfully by any member of the team. The service itself was beautifully conducted with attention to detail and empathetic respect. You are amazing people. Thank you.
    G Hawtin
  • The professionalism and respect this company has towards its clients going through such terrible grief is exemplary. I cannot thank George and Bruce enough for the handling of my sister's funeral. The service was so beautiful and moving and my sister was treated with the utmost respect. I can't recommend this family run company highly enough. Many, many thanks.
    K Price
  • R Locke & Son were extremely sensitive, helpful and professional making the whole process of arranging a funeral a relatively easy process even during lockdown. Everything was explained and Colin was available at any time if there were any questions or changes needed. Wonderful service.
    D Holland
  • Family run funeral directors run by George Locke. They provided an excellent, sympathetic and very professional service for two loved ones who departed just a week apart. Highly recommended at a time of huge grief and difficulty.
    Chris H
  • Compassion and excellence throughout. From the very first phone call, I knew immediately that we were in safe hands. The respect and courtesy shown was exemplary and really helped to ease our own grief and heartbreak. I had limited knowledge of what I needed to do and when but I need not have worried at all, as both George and Bruce, and the rest of the team, were exemplary. We received all the advice and information we needed to prepare for the best funeral service possible.  I would wholeheartedly recommend this exceptional company and can now see why my husband (who was a Vicar himself) chose R. Locke and Son to be his own undertakers for caring for him at the time of his death and beyond. 
    S Coles