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
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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