According to the 2013 Sun Life Direct cost of dying report:

  • The cost of dying, including death-related costs such as probate, headstones and flowers in addition to the basic cost of a funeral, is £7622.
  • The average cost of a funeral is  £3456.
  • Burials are significantly more expensive than cremations with the average burial at £3914, and the average cremation at £2998.
  • The increase in funeral costs will continue as cremation and burial fees controlled by local authorities are rising.
  • Discretionary funeral costs (additional funeral costs beyond the basics such as family flowers, catering, and limos) are also a rise.
  • The average amount spent on funeral extras is £2006, with the cost of a memorial accounting for a large part of this expenditure at £864.
  • Funeral costs will continue to rise significantly, with the average cost expected to be as much as £4326 in 2018, proving unaffordable for many more.
  • The national average cost of dying figure (including death-related costs such as probate, headstones and flowers in addition to the basic cost of a funeral) masks significant variations at a regional level with the average cost of dying in the London area now standing at a staggering £9556, significantly higher than the national average. The least expensive place to die is Wales where the average cost stands at £6096.


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