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The Rising Cost of Funerals

With funeral costs rising in excess of the annual rate of inflation, it is an unfortunate fact that, for many families, budgeting for a funeral by traditional means may no longer be sufficient to cover the cost.

Planning, and paying, for your funeral in advance by taking out a Safe Hands Funeral Plan, freezes the cost of the funeral director’s fees and services at today’s prices – and protects your family against rising funeral expenses.

Prepare today for a peaceful tomorrow

According to the Sun Life Cost of Dying Report 2017, average funeral costs have risen from £1,920 in 2004, to £4,078* in 2017 – an increase of 112%. The Report goes on to suggest, that by 2022, average funeral costs will be £4,944.

Safe Hands’ Sapphire funeral plan - the specification of which is representative of the vast majority of funerals in the UK, retails at just £3,595 – a full £483 less than the average sum paid for a funeral in 2017.

Sun Life calculated average funeral costs by combining the average cost of cremations and burials; the average cost of a burial in 2017 is/was £4,561, and the average cost of a cremation in 2017 is/was £3,596.

The rising cost of funerals...


2004£1,920
2007£2,390
2010£2,857
2013£3,456
2017£4,078
2018£4,260
2020£4,602
2022£4,944

*Figures taken from the Sun Life Cost of Dying Report 2017

With a Safe Hands pre-paid funeral plan, you can prepare in advance for life's final event and protect your family from rising funeral expenses. By taking out a funeral plan now, you have the choice of paying for your funeral plan in full or at a fixed monthly price. Safe Hands GUARANTEES that however long you live, and however expensive a funeral is when you pass, there will always be sufficient funds to cover all the funeral directors fees and funeral services.

National Federation of Funeral Directors