The most commonly asked questions, answered
How much does a funeral cost?
- Advantages and drawbacks
- How much do they cost?
- What do they normally cover?
- Frequently asked questions
- What is the Funeral Planning Authority?
- Can I get any government assistance with funeral costs?
- How do they work?
- Why you may need a funeral plan
- Protecting your money
- Questions to ask the plan provider
- Top tips
- Types of plan
- What is a funeral plan?
- What is not covered?
- Which plan is right for me?
- Who are funeral plans for?
- Who can buy a plan?
- Who can sell funeral plans?
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.