How to Organize an Affordable Funeral

Fair Price Funerals
July 11, 2023
5 min read

In today's era, with increased debt levels and alarming statistics about rising funeral costs, many individuals are searching for ways to have a low-cost funeral without compromising on care, respect, and honouring their loved one's memory. While funerals are typically associated with expenses, there are strategies you can employ to organise a more affordable funeral in the UK. Here are some considerations to help you navigate this process:

Understanding Funeral Costs

Before exploring cost-saving measures, it's essential to grasp the average cost of a funeral in the UK. According to SunLife, the average cost of dying in 2020 was approximately £4,184, representing a 1.7% increase from the previous year. While some people assume that the deceased should bear the funeral costs, not everyone sets aside enough funds for this purpose. Consequently, loved ones often face anxiety, stress, and debt when confronted with the financial responsibility of arranging the send-off. This burden can be particularly challenging for families, who may resort to borrowing money, taking out loans, utilizing credit cards, or selling belongings to cover the expenses. Exploring affordable funeral packages is an alternative worth considering.

Tips for an Affordable Funeral

To help you organize an affordable funeral, here are some practical tips to keep in mind:

  1. Research and Compare Prices: Take the time to research various funeral homes and service providers in your area. By comparing prices for services such as caskets, urns, transportation, and embalming, you can identify cost-effective options that maintain quality and dignity.
  2. Consider Direct Cremation: Direct cremation is a more affordable alternative to traditional burials. It eliminates the need for expensive caskets, burial plots, and related expenses. Cremated remains can be placed in an urn, scattered in a meaningful location, or even transformed into memorial jewelry.
  3. Evaluate Low-Cost Funeral Plans: If you're concerned about future funeral costs, consider investing in a low-cost funeral plan. These plans protect against rising expenses, allow you to document your final wishes, and provide the flexibility to pay for your funeral in advance. It's advisable to compare different plans in the market, ensuring they meet your specific requirements.
  4. Explore Simple Funeral Services: Many individuals are opting for simple funeral services as a more affordable, no-frills approach. These services follow the structure of a traditional funeral but at lower costs. Compromises may be necessary, such as limited options for dressing and preparing the deceased, viewing them in a chapel of rest, or providing limousines for mourners.
  5. Seek Financial Assistance: If you require help with funeral costs, various avenues can provide financial support. Government schemes such as the Funeral Expenses Payment and Bereavement Support Payment offer assistance to those eligible based on their circumstances. Additionally, charities like Cruse Bereavement Care, Marie Curie, and Friends of the Elderly provide financial aid and emotional support during this challenging time.

By implementing these strategies and exploring available resources, you can navigate the process of organising an affordable funeral while maintaining care, respect, and dignity for your loved one.

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