Survey shows that funeral costs have risen by 61% over the past seven years… “As a nation we need a wake-up call. Our research indicates that although there is indeed openness to talking about death, action is still greatly lacking. Steps need to be taken to avert the sort of distress and concern experienced by the nearly one-in-five people who struggle with funeral costs.”
Well said. And we need to look for more affordable solutions that demonstrate love and respect.
The costs increases could have soon been worse but the Church of England blocked funeral cost increases:
The Church of England has thrown out plans to increase the cost of weddings and funerals by nearly 50 per cent after hearing of widespread opposition among the clergy.
Though actually when you read the full article it isn’t as clear as that. The basic fee increased but extra fees were eliminated.
The UK government has a program that may help low income citizens with funeral costs. The government funeral payment includes necessary burial or cremation fees, certain other specified expenses and up to £700 for any other funeral expenses.