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Ashley Shepherd
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Over 50s personal finance expert
Over 50s personal finance expert

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We agree it's about time #funeralplans were regulated by the FCA along with other financial services products - their popularity has increased significantly in recent years and now need to be treated in the same way to protect consumers

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Arranging a funeral is not something that most of us do more than once in our lifetime, so it's important to know that the cost of the funeral is no more than you need to pay.

Our helpful guide will show you step by step what to look out for and to understand how the average cost of a funeral is made up.



How much does a funeral cost?

Your overall funeral costs depend on where you live and whether you want a basic funeral or a more traditional funeral with the add-ons that go with it.

The recent Cost of Dying Report 2016 carried out by SunLife reported that funeral costs increased by 5.5% to £3,897, however, there were some large regional differences ranging from £3,277 to £5,529.

These costs are made up of the funeral directors services which includes their professional guidance and support, looking after and preparing the deceased, the coffin and hearse.

In addition there are costs that are outside of the funeral directors control such as the cremation or burial fees, doctors and ministers fees (or non religious service)

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For significant numbers of people, the idea of donating their body after death to medical science has many attractions. Let’s consider some of the issues and how to go about it.

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If you’re unable to communicate and/or make decisions for yourself, then others, often medical professionals, will be forced to do so for you. In the absence of guidance from you, those professionals will need to base their decisions exclusively on the law.

They may turn to your spouse or closest family for help but if your loved ones have received no guidance from you either, then disputes and traumas can arise even within the closest family circles.

Many of these risks can be avoided by the use of what’s called a ‘living will’

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There are several different legal roles described as ‘power of attorney’.

They all basically involve someone else being able to make important decisions on your behalf - decisions which are legally binding on you.


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=Costofdying in Spain is just as painful as it is in the UK

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Same in the UK as Austraila, dead and forgotten
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