At the end of 2015, Scottish Government commissioned Citizens Advice Scotland to produce a report about the cost of funerals in Scotland. Final Fling met with authors John Birrell and Fraser Sutherland in December to talk ‘funeral poverty’ and feed into the report.
Tackling funeral poverty
Funeral poverty is an increasing issue in the UK. This month Sun Life publish their annual Cost of Dying Report. We’re confident we can predict that as far as funeral costs go, the only way is up. Understand the issues…
What a funeral plan covers
It can be helpful to take the burden off family by paying for a funeral – or the core costs – up front. Find out what a funeral plan covers.
At a distressing time, funeral costs can add further worry to individuals and families. Funerals have been called ‘the ultimate distress purchase’. They are often planned in haste, under stress and few want to bicker over costs.
Funeral consumer rights Everyone is entitled to their rights as a consumer, especially at a potentially vulnerable time. If you are purchasing funeral services or products, take a little time to shop around. The directories above offer more than one option so you can call or email a couple to find the best option for […]
The funeral tea is a particularly British tradition. In the States, it’s pork at the parlor, American student Josh tells us. Funerals are usually held 9am-5pm. This means we have some unusual catering requirements… hence the ‘funeral tea’ – sandwiches and scones with a cuppa at 4pm, sherry and sandwiches at 10.30am in a hotel […]
The Cost of Dying report
The average funeral costs between £3-4,000. With legal bills, the cost of dying is around £7,000. Not surprising, 1 in 5 people struggles to meet the costs. The Sun Life Cost of Dying report (produced with Bath Uni’s Centre for Death and Society) paints a stark picture about the average cost of dying and looks at the growing issue […]
Paying for a funeral
Thinking ahead about paying for your funeral or supporting another to plan theirs isn’t morbid. It’s practical. And paying up front is even better. It saves others worrying about money or squabbling over arrangements.