Brits bury their heads in the sand when it comes to considering their own demise – but a new report says it is important to be ready for it
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Brits bury their head in the sand when it comes to planning for their own funeral – believing they are “too young” to even think about it.
A study of 2,000 adults revealed nearly a third have failed to set aside any money to pay for their own funeral.
More than a third of those (37 percent) prefer not to think about it and don’t think they can afford it – and more than a fifth don’t believe they are old enough to worry about it.
One in five of those not actively saving for their funeral find it too hard to consider the fact, with 16 percent admitting they had no idea how much they would need to save.
David Rees, COO of British Seniors, which commissioned the research to launch its Funeral Report, said: “While it’s not a topic many like to discuss in great detail, the reality is at some point people will have to sadly deal with the passing of a relative.
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“We commissioned the overall report to highlight the realities of these costs – which can often be a surprise to many when the worst happens, and when it comes to the thought of your own funeral, it can certainly be a difficult topic.
“But by discussing it and making plans, you can have peace of mind knowing your family will not struggle to pay the bill.”
More than eight in ten also believe the high cost of funerals adds significant stress to families undergoing the strain of bereavement.
As a result, 42 percent want to ensure their families are taken care of when they pass away, while 38 percent want to protect them financially.
Of those surveyed, via OnePoll, 45 percent have had to shoulder the costs of a family bereavement at some point in their life.
And more than one in five said the pandemic has changed the way they think about funerals – as well as the way they’d be planned.
The report has also revealed insight to the cost, following a separate study by British Seniors of 1,549 adults, who have been involved in planning a funeral.
An average funeral cost was found to be more than £5,631 over the last five years – but the data from the report did show costs of up to £7,600 were easily reached.
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More than three in ten (31 percent) revealed costs associated with a loved one’s funeral were paid by family members in recent years.
David Rees, COO of British Seniors, added: “It can often be unexpected to lose someone close to you – and there are numerous costs that you may not necessarily be in the right frame of mind to discuss.
“The aim of the Funeral Report is to highlight these figures in an easy to consume way to show what you can expect to pay were you in this situation.
“And the results certainly show that it does pay to take the burden away through forward planning and adequate cover.”
You can read the full Funeral Report by British Seniors here.