Age Concern warns that without a funeral plan, your wishes may be overlooked.

New research from Age Concern Funeral Plans reveals that the majority of people won't necessarily get what they want when it comes to choosing a final resting place after their death. Although most people are conventionally laid to rest in a traditional spot, such as in a churchyard or cemetery, over half of those surveyed would not have chosen this for themselves.

Places with happy memories were popular choices:

  • One in ten opted for a place from their childhood
  • 9% chose a favourite holiday destination
  • 6% chose their own garden

Less than half of us would chose a traditional spot, such as a churchyard or garden of remembrance, as our final resting place.

The survey of 2000 people highlighted some of the more unconventional choices people have for their own final resting place - from the moon and the peak of Mount Everest, to Downing Street, Lord's Cricket Ground and even the Sinai Desert.

The research highlights the difference between people's wishes and what actually happens. More than half of those surveyed have not outlined their wishes to family or friends, nor have they put a funeral plan in place that would help to ensure their wishes are known. Just one in ten have made definite plans for their funeral, and 30% are avoiding the issue completely, claiming not to have thought about their funeral and having no intention of doing so.

Sharon Dobson of Age Concern Funeral Plans says: "With increasing funeral costs and low interest rates on savings, it is more worthwhile than ever to take out a Funeral Plan.”

The average cost of a funeral in 2007 was £2390 and it is predicted to rise to £3350 by 2012. Taking out an Age Concern Guaranteed Funeral Plan guarantees that the funeral costs covered by the plan are met in full, meaning less worry and financial strain for all involved.


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