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:

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. My Way
  3. 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