New research has revealed that the vast majority of us – 97 per cent, in fact – aren’t keen on the idea of having a lavish funeral, with 47 per cent preferring the idea of a direct cremation (which costs just £1,712 on average).
SunLife’s Cost of Dying 2018 report shows that the average funeral now costs £4,721, so it’s no surprise that so many of us are being put off by the idea of this kind of ceremony and looking to alternatives instead.
Not only are we keen to have cheaper funerals instead of paying through the nose, it seems that we also want our loved ones to pay for their own funeral costs. Despite this, however, just 59 per cent of those who have passed on left enough money behind to cover the entire costs.
The cheapest option for a send-off is direct cremation, where the body is cremated in the days soon after the death, with no funeral service beforehand. The cost of this kind of ceremony has fallen in the last 12 months and are, on average, 6.7 per cent cheaper than they were back in 2017.
However, despite how much cheaper they are than traditional funerals, it seems that not many of us are aware of this kind of ceremony. The study revealed that 47 per cent of Brits in fact weren’t aware of them. After finding out about them, however, 13 per cent said they’d want this for their own funeral, while an additional 47 per cent said they’d consider it as an option.
Commenting on the findings, CEO of SunLife Dean Lamble said: “When so many of us want a simple, inexpensive funeral for ourselves, it’s regrettable that we’re still not sharing our wishes with one another – leading to loved ones spending more on the funeral than the deceased would have wanted. [Some] 33 per cent of people had to pay for some or all of their relative’s funeral themselves this year and to pay the bill, some had to use their credit cards (six per cent) or use their savings (nine per cent).”
This follows research from Over50choices revealing that one in five people here in the UK will choose direct cremation over more traditional services in the next five years. Ashley Shepherd, managing director of the later life planning firm, explained that it’s not hard to see why this trend is happening, because of the typical funeral costs now spiralling in the UK.
He went on to predict that come the year 2023, 20 per cent of all cremations will in fact be direct ones. If you’d like to find out more about this kind of service and whether or not it would be right for you or a loved one, get in touch with us here at Easy Cremations today. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.