Traditional funerals and cremations are expensive.
Modern funeral services are an affordable and alternative way to celebration the end of life and reduce the cost of a funeral in the UK.
Traditional funerals and Cremation costs are high and many people are looking for a low-cost type of service to say farewell to their loved one. A fuss free modern funeral service could provide an alternative celebration of life.
The 2023 Sunlife cost of dying report revealed that on average it costs around £9200 to die in the UK. This is the average cost of a traditional funeral. A very basic funeral cost £3953. That my friends, is a lot of money when you consider these statistics from Money Co
34% of adults had either no savings, or less than £1000, in a savings account.
In fact the founder of ThinkWillow.com tells a sobering story of how a family friend didn’t have enough money to arrange a simple funeral. So they took out a payday loan. The payment options were ridiculously high which meant they would be paying them back until their own funeral!
So what can you do to make dying more affordable? Is there a way to hold a funeral service that doesn’t cost the earth?
Hopefully this article will help you understand more about arranging a funeral and the cost of a funeral. I’ll explain modern funeral services which are the alternative to a traditional funeral which may be a better way to say farewell.
The death of a loved one is an emotional time. What you need is comfort and reassurance so you can provide the dignified care of the deceased before your loved one makes their way to their final resting place.
When we think of a traditional funeral most people think about a wooden coffin, a black hearse and either a religious service of remembrance at a church and then a burial in the churchyard. Or, a cremation service at the crematorium and the ashes of your loved one being returned or buried at the crematorium.
You can choose a non-religious service for services at the crematorium, there is no need to choose a faith based service if your loved one was not a believer.
A traditional funeral includes the following steps:
Todays modern funeral services are simply a breath of fresh air.
They provide mourners the opportunity to truly celebrate the life of their loved one. They give mourners the emotional time, space and freedom to grieve and for them to get the comfort and reassurance they need at this really sad time. But best of all they confirm that there are many other ways to celebrate the end of a life and that you don’t need to have a traditional funeral.
Let’s take a look at just how flexible modern funeral services can be:
Many of the customs connected to a traditional funeral service can be re-imagined or completely got rid of. Here are just a few:
Funeral director Amy from Poppy’s talks about how you can literally have a celebration of life ceremony wherever you like as long as the venue agrees!
Where can you hold a funeral? Does it have to be in a chapel or crematorium? In the latest in our series of Ask A Funeral Director videos, Poppy's funeral director Amy, talks venues. If you've been to a funeral in a particularly special place, we'd love to hear about it too! pic.twitter.com/UUdicJ2G1O
— Poppy's (@poppysfunerals) February 7, 2023
The traditional funeral focused on a limited number of final resting places. You could be buried in a graveyard or on the crematorium grounds or your ashes could be buried or given back to you in an urn so you could keep them or scatter them.
Todays modern funerals give people the freedom to choose beautiful final resting places. New final resting places are springing up across the UK. They also provide some of the cheapest funeral options. Modern funeral spaces have to be authorised and regulated. Depending on the type of land there may be restrictions on what types of coffin are allowed for the burial and personal items such as jewellery may be restricted to biodegradable items only. If you wish to know more about what is allowed it’s best to make a quick phone call.
The good news is most of the modern funeral sites will only allow eco-friendly coffins which makes, willow coffins and wicker caskets and cardboard coffins a perfect solution.
Traditional funerals have always been expensive but new modern funeral services can really reduce the cost of a funeral. Here’s how
Choose a low cost cardboard coffin
Create your own funeral flyer and order of service
Choose a direct cremation
Hold a celebration of life in at a free venue such as a park, pub or your home.
Say goodbye in the best way possible – celebrate your loved one’s life with a dignified modern funeral service.
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