Funeral prices are creeping up fast, and at a time when he is engulfed in grief, the consumer is unlikely to seek price comparisons.
‘You and Yours’ took up the theme once again this afternoon, giving publicity to a new private funeral company offering basic services for a fixed fee.
When the typical funeral costs over £3,000, fixed-fee deals from independent funeral directors can save at least £1,000. That’s not to say that it isn’t worth spending more, but it is certainly worth making sure that the deceased, and those close to him, would feel it was money well-spent. After all, some might think that spending those savings on a party in honour of their loved one would be more akin to what he wanted, and would do more good to all.
Dom McGuire concurs that funerals can be done more cheaply than those on offer through many of the Funeral Directors represented by his Association (National Association of Funeral Directors), but that offering a complete and specialist service comes at a price. He also notes the high level of fixed costs borne by large providers, who must offer services year-round and comply with Health and Safety legislation.
But it is independent funeral directors prepared to give customers a simple starting place who gain the support of Rosie Inman-Cook and her charity, The Natural Death Centre. During the broadcast she urges people to shop around before signing a contract for funeral services, and to consider what they really want.
Our best advice? Do not leave this to the bereaved: ask yourself what you would want to have spent on your own funeral, both in terms of what is provided and the actual cost.And then tell someone.
No more guessing. No more frills and frippery on the off-chance the deceased would have wanted it.
Just do it.