SunLife’s annual Cost of Dying research shows that the cost of dying is the fastest rising of any fixed cost in the UK – rising much faster than any cost of living such as rent, food, utilities, insurance, or clothing.
The overall cost of dying which includes death-related costs such as probate, headstones and flowers in addition to the basic cost of a funeral – has risen by 8.3% to £8,802.
The funeral – which makes up 44% of the cost of dying – has soared by 5.5% in a single year. The average funeral in the UK now costs £3,897 which is more than double what it was when SunLife first started tracking funeral prices in 2004.
To put this in perspective, if the cost of a funeral had risen in line with the cost of living it would now cost £2,540 – £1,357 less than the actual figure
London remains the most expensive place to die, with the average funeral costing £5,529, which is 42% more than the national average of £3,897.