Funeral Planning-Why choose Golden Charter?

At McAlister’s Funeral Directors we have a long history of looking after the needs of all our patrons and can assure you a respectful and professional service.  If you take out a funeral plan with Golden Charter, you have the reassurance that comes with choosing one of the UK’s largest funeral plan providers, proudly owned by local, independent funeral directors.


Stay close to home

We are owned by the people who understand your needs best – independent funeral directors and over 3,000 funeral directors accept Golden Charter plans.

Funeral Planning Authority Registered

As an FPA registered provider, Golden Charter is committed to protecting our customers’ payments and guaranteeing to cover the funeral director’s services specified in your plan. Over 500,000 people have already trusted us to take care of their funeral.


Your family will receive a genuinely personal service when it really matters. Choose the plan you want and pay for the funeral director’s services included in your plan at today’s prices.

Your payments are protected

When you take out a plan, rest assured your payments are protected. Depending on how you wish to pay, plan holder funds are either paid into the Golden Charter Trust or to one of the UK’s leading life assurance companies

What our customers say

Having the reassurance that everything will be taken care of according to your wishes is important when you’re planning for later life. We believe it’s one of the main reasons why 94% of our customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with our service in a recent survey. Find out more about what our customers are saying on Trustpilot.

Your Funeral. Your Way. With Golden Charter.

As our plan holders often tell us, knowing that your funeral arrangements are taken care of can be a big weight off your mind. A funeral plan lets you fix the cost of the funeral director’s services in the plan at today’s prices. No matter how much 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 these services guaranteed.

When the time comes, one phone call to the chosen funeral director is all that’s needed to activate the plan. Everything will be taken care of, and carried out according to your wishes, helping relieve your family of stress and financial worry.


What’s included with our Funeral Plans?

All of the following features are included within our Funeral Plans as standard and at no extra cost. Please note, features marked a * are not included within the Basic Plan.

  • Provision of professional services and making all arrangements
  • Advice on the certification and registration of the death and related


  • The coffin (coffin type is dependent on the plan you choose)
  • Collection and transportation of the deceased to the FD premises within a

25-mile radius (collection time is dependent on chosen Plan)

  • Care of the deceased prior to burial or cremation
  • Use of chapel of rest *
  • Family viewing at any pre-arranged time
  • Arrangement of the funeral service
  • Hearse to church/place of service
  • Hearse to local crematorium or cemetery*
  • Allowance towards third-party costs (amount dependent on chosen Plan)
  • 24-hour funeral director telephone support for loved ones

What’s not included with our Funeral Plans?

The following features are not included within the cost of your Plan, but you can express your wishes when you purchase. Your funeral director can help your loved ones organise these at the time of the funeral.

  • Embalming
  • Burial plot
  • Headstone or Memorial
  • Catering/Wake
  • Medical Certificates
  • Minister or Officiant fees
  • Flowers
  • Order of service
  • Newspaper/Online notices