The cost of dying

13 September 2011
Sun Life Direct, a member of the Dying Matters Coalition, has today announced the results of its fifth annual Cost of Dying report.

The report finds that in the UK, end of life costs (including death-related costs such as funerals, probate, headstones and flowers) have increased to an average of £7,248, representing a rise of 20% since 2007. Sun Life’s research also shows that one in five people struggle with funeral costs and that many people do not provide for and plan for the end of their lives.

Speaking today, Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition said:

“None of us will go through life untouched by dying, death and bereavement, which is why it is so important that we have a more open approach to discussing end of life issues. Talking about dying and planning means all of us can face the future with confidence and get our house in order.”

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