SOARING COST OF FUNERALS
Burial and cremation ceremonies are 61 per cent more expensive than in 2004
Wednesday September 14,2011
THE bill for dying has soared to nearly £7,300.
Funerals, legal fees, headstones and flowers are up 20 per cent in four years. Burial and cremation ceremonies are 61 per cent more expensive than in 2004 and costs have more than doubled in the past two years.
The new cost of £7,248 is equivalent to three months wages on average. Insurer Sun Life Direct found a quarter of people have failed to make any plans for the end of their lives, including not having organised a will.
Spokesman Simon Cox said: “Many people are sleepwalking into a financial nightmare, leaving end-of-life plans to their families, the State or no one at all.
“Steps need to be taken to avert the sort of distress and concern experienced by the nearly one in five who struggle with funeral costs.”