Price of a UK funeral has 'more than doubled' since 2004

Research by SunLife shows cost of dying is rising faster than the cost of living, with grieving families having to cut back on services.


The average cost of a funeral in the UK has more than doubled in just over a decade, forcing some grieving families to “cut corners”, according to a new report.

Insurer SunLife’s latest annual Cost of Dying report found that the price of a typical funeral has increased by 5.5% in the past year to £3,897.

The report said the cost of dying was rising much faster than any cost of living, with the pace of growth outstripping inflation, wages and pensions.

The publication of the report coincided with a parliamentary debate on funeral poverty.

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