Last updated 11th June 2019
The difference funeral planning can make
We all make plans throughout our lives. Naturally, we focus on happy events or what needs doing immediately and put off more challenging things like funeral planning and talking about death. But while it’s not good to dwell on death too much, putting off key end of life decisions, could leave loved ones having to plan and pay for your funeral, alone, with no idea of what you would have wanted. No small task to deal with, especially with funeral costs as they are.
Funeral costs are rising
Funeral costs have risen by over 122%* since 2004, much faster than inflation. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, the average cost of a funeral in the UK went up by £193 to £4,271*. That’s before any extra expenses for things like a memorial, flowers and catering afterwards, which can add many hundreds of pounds to the bill. To find out how much a funeral is in your area, use our funeral cost calculator.
Help to pay funeral costs
Increasing pressure on the economy and personal budgets over recent years means that many people are failing to prepare for this very significant expense. What choices might your family have to make if they find themselves struggling with funeral payments?
If you don’t want to leave your loved ones facing potential money problems when you die, it’s important to think about how you could help with funeral costs. Options include:
Take control by funeral planning in advance
Although not the cheeriest subject, taking control of planning your funeral can feel positive and it can be comforting to know you have measures in place to help your loved ones when they’ll need it most.
If you’re already thinking about funeral planning, why not use our simple My Perfect Send-Off funeral planner to document and save your funeral wishes.
*Source: SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2018