From one colleague to another it varies from simple to double.
Hence the imperative to estimate the right price. According to the comparator Meilleurs-pompes-funèbres.com, the average cost of a cremation is 3,121 euros in France and that of a burial is 2,954 euros. Problem: These estimates cover very different realities. “From one colleague to another it varies from simple to double”asks Brice Tarride, director of the funeral home of Saint-Yrieix and L’Isle d’Espagnac.
Why these disparities? The sector is regulated on many aspects (competition, care of the deceased) but not on prices. Result: the funeral market resembles an auction. At Brice Tarride’s, the average basket is 3,400 euros. Otherwise at the funeral, in Angoulême and Ruelle, more like 3,000 euros. At the Hommage the funeral directors, in Angoulême, count 3,500 euros for cremation, 4,500 euros for burial. The minimum price for a modest ceremony is around 2,000 euros.
From 300 to 870 € the entry-level coffin
The expense items are yo-yoing. Example with first price coffin, generally offered for cremation. The funeral home of Montigaud, in Chalais, sells it for € 500. At the funeral home it is 300 euros. It can also be found for € 870 on a farm in North Charente. Ditto for the conservation care: between € 278 and € 390 in three different branches.
For the independents, the profiteers are on the side of the groups. As OGF, owner of 1,100 agencies and manager of crematoria, including that of Angoulême. “People are sure to fight”explains a manager of the Montigaud funeral directors. “They are sellers, they have goals to achieve”, says Brice Tarride. He himself is part of a Vyv group. “But these are reciprocal, they just want it to work. “
Interested parties keep their prices for their customers. Contacted, the communication office refuses: “The group does not want to talk about this topic”. A member of a funeral director from another group gives us an interview … before requesting anonymity. “I didn’t know I could face penalties by replying. ” The opacity blurs part of the painting.
Compare the quotes
So how do you choose your gravedigger? First, establish a relationship of trust. “It works by feeling”, approved Adeline Foucher, funeral otherwise. However, only the citation is law. But not just any one. It must clearly distinguish between mandatory services (Transport, coffin, urn, etc.) and optional services. “It is advisable to pay attention if the deceased shows up at the funeral home but it is not mandatory”, insists Brice Tarride. The different VAT rates must be detailed. “Some add VAT to the cremation tax when we’re not allowed to increase it.”, continues Brice Tarride. A filouterie for € 140.
Don’t hesitate to compare different companies. “You have to go around and see what fits best”encourages Adeline Foucher. Better to prepare your funeral in advance. A manager confirms: “It’s not easy, but on D-Day the relatives are more serene. “
Cremation flares up
Over 35% in two years. According to the site Meilleurs-pompes-funèbres.com, the cost of the crematoria will follow the curve of the price of gas. According to these projections, cremation in Angoulême could rise to 955 euros, compared to 707 today. The OGF group, responsible for the site, remains silent on the matter. Jean-Michel Nivet, president of the Charente cremation association, is worried. “We hope that the increase will not be passed on to families alone. “