Fair Funerals Pledge

At Scotmid funerals we recognise that funerals can be expensive, and many people struggle with the cost.  We were among the first Funeral Directors in the country to sign the Quaker Social Action Fair Funeral Pledge when it was first launched in 2015, which means that we are committed to charge clear prices for our goods and services.

When the extended version was launched, we also signed up to that, which means we are transparent about all our costings and we display these prices both on line and in our funeral offices and communicate them in initial conversations. The Fair Funerals pledge was launched by anti-poverty charity Quaker Social Action who run Down to Eartha project supporting people on benefits and low incomes who are struggling with funeral costs. Down to Earth also works with government, charities and the funeral profession to tackle the growing problem of funeral poverty.

Fair Funerals Pledge 2020

The pledge asks Funeral Directors:

1) To help people to find funerals that are within their means:

2) To be open about the price of our services, including third party costs:

  • In initial conversations.
  • Within our price lists.
  • On our website.

3) To be open about the amount of any deposit we require, and when this and the final balance are due:

  • In initial conversations.
  • Within our price lists.
  • On our website.

Over the years we strive to break down the taboos surrounding death and dying and we are proud to be leading the way to help tackle this problem. We have experienced first-hand families who are at risk of getting into debt when they take on the responsibility for arranging a funeral but equally no one should have to go through the distress of not being able to afford a decent funeral for someone they love.

People can find it hard to discuss money, but we are here to help and offer alternative options and assist in the best way that we can while still providing a personal and respectable funeral for a loved one.

Our Head of Funerals James Blackburn and past Scottish Area President of the National Association of Funeral Directors and member of the Scottish Working Group on Funeral Poverty, said: “The transparency and openness of the pledge matches the openness and transparency of our co-operative principles. We take our responsibilities to bereaved people very seriously and so we are delighted to back this campaign, ensuring that they are given the best advice available at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.”

If you would like to discuss funeral costs or learn more about pre-planning a funeral, please contact us.