The Co-operative Bank has launched a pioneering trial to offer funeral plans to its customers through its high street branches.
The trial, at 30 selected branches offers customers an alternative way to buy a funeral plan. The Co-operative, the UK's largest provider of funeral plans, is offering a personal and approachable service which enables customers to sit down with a branch advisor who will guide them through the choice of funeral plans available to suit their needs.
Funeral plans provide consumers with a financial solution to avoiding rapidly rising funeral prices. A funeral plan enables you to avoid future price increases by paying for a funeral in advance at today's prices. They also help to relieve much of the emotional and costly burden to family and friends left behind as the key arrangements are made and paid for.
Over 100,000 funeral plans were sold in 2010 showing that more people are realising that planning and paying for their funeral in advance makes sense.