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Funeral Insurance

Funeral Costs Rising In The UK

At £4,417, the average cost of a basic funeral is up 3.4% since 2018, when it was £4,271 – that’s an all-time high. And since we first started our research in 2004, the average cost of a basic funeral has increased by 130%.

These basic funeral costs include the funeral directors’ fees (£2,687), doctors’ fees (£164), clergy/officiate fees (£169) and the burial or cremation fees.

Burial, cremation and direct cremation costs

In the UK in 2020, a burial is still the most expensive send-off and direct cremation is still the most affordable option. The cost of a direct cremation is also down from 2018.

Funeral Insurance
Funeral type Average cost (2018) Average cost (2019) Change from 2018 to 2019
Burial £4,798 £4,975 +3.7%
Cremation £3,744 £3,858 +3%
Direct cremation £1,712 £1,626 -5%

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What Is The Cost Of Dying?

The ‘Cost of Dying’ figure is the price of a basic funeral, plus extras like the send-off and professional fees.

In 2020, the cost of dying has reached an all-time high of £9,493. This marks a 3.1% increase in just one year – and a rise of 42% since we first started tracking the total cost of dying in 2007.

total cost of dying breakdown

Information sourced from Sun Life – Cost Of Dying 2020 Report

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