A solution to the rising cost of dying
According to the ‘Annual Cost of Dying’ report, which was carried out by Mintel and commissioned by Sun Life Direct (part of AXA Group) – funeral costs have risen for the fourth year in succession, with the average funeral now costing £3100
However, the team at Tester & Jones are urging people not to be unduly concerned – even though the latest figures represent a staggering 61% increase in funeral costs in less than eight years.
“These are worrying statistics, but we’d urge people not panic,” says Stephen Tester. “What these figures do highlight is the benefit of working with an independent funeral provider, such as ourselves, as we offer choice and flexibility.”
He continues: “We arrange a funeral which reflects that particular person but we also take into account individual budgets. Having said that, taking out a funeral plan is one way of spreading funeral costs and taking away the burden of paying for a funeral for your loved ones. Many funeral plans guarantee the funeral directors services, thereby fixing much of the costs at today’s prices.”
Currently, more than 750,000 people in the UK have planned their funerals – more than 220,000 with Golden Charter, Tester & Jones’ provider of choice.
“Consideration for others is the most common reason for buying a funeral plan,” says Stephen Tester. “It’s possible to specify every detail of the funeral in advance, selecting the funeral director and taking care of the costs of your funeral as arranged. With funeral costs rising, now is the time to think about purchasing a pre-paid funeral plan.”
Posted: 23rd of March 2012