The Cost of Dying in the Midlands rose by 3.9% in 2020 – according to SunLife’s recently published report*
The cost of a basic funeral in the Midlands was £4,488 in 2020, despite the number of direct cremation services increasing.
Whilst London is still the most expensive at £5,235.
And 65% of those that died had made financial provision for their funerals – with more than half doing so via the increasingly popular choice of a pre-paid funeral plan.
Other noticeable trends included:
- an increase in people choosing to have a celebration of life service;
- a reduction in the traditional type of service;
- funerals getting more humanist.
And the top three songs played at funeral in 2020 were:
- Amazing Grace
- My Way
- Abide With Me
But one man chose the theme song from the Channel 4 racing as it was his favourite programme to watch.
*Extracts taken from The Cost of Dying 2021 Report by SunLife