Dignity is best summed up in two words “Top Dollar.” There are I am sure isolated firms which are more expensive. However, a glance at the 2017 ten most expensive places to be cremated shows those 10 places all to be operated by Dignity. (Says Funeral Booker research.) Have a look at the bottom of the page. In fact, 17 out of the 20 most expensive crematoriums are operated by Dignity!
We also did a quick bit of research on the cost of funerals in June 2017 and (in Brighton) the indicated cost of a Dignity affiliated funeral director (there were 2, both charging the standard price) was not far off double the cost of an independent firm on a standard package. (Just over 90% higher for their fees.)
Dignity are leading the charge to increase funeral costs (to swell their profits), so we recommend avoiding them even in their Age UK disguise. Some would consider them the unacceptable face of capitalism, exploiting the semi-monopoly position which crematorium ownership gives within a local area. Of course, they don’t own all of them, thank goodness! Their greed will force families to travel far away to attend funerals – if the family are to avoid paying their extortionate crematorium fees.
Dignity Prepaid Funerals launched the first funeral plan to be offered in the UK in 1985. Then they had a misadventure being taken over by a US firm. But now they are British again. They have recently changed their policy on agencies as their plans were not selling well enough where they are compared with others. They do have their place in the market, but they are very expensive compared with most. This is the relevant part of the email we got from them out of the blue. “I am currently streamlining our business and moving forward we will only be working with partners who can give us exclusivity. I can see from your website that this won’t be possible so I have decided to terminate our agreement.” In the last couple of years we have sent them just three plans, so we don’t think our clients will lose out. If you want a Dignity funeral plan, you will now have to deal direct with a firm who sells Dignity Plans exclusively. We will still be taking their plans into account though. We just don’t want to be forced to sell their plan even where it is clearly inappropriate or just very expensive. Bully boy tactics in my opinion!
Dignity Funeral Plans are among the market leaders in the UK, with a large number of Dignity owned or tied funeral directors selling only Dignity products, as you would expect. Their coverage is pretty good, but there are gaps in it which they seek to cover using independent firms. But despite the fact that Dignity Funeral Plans are a big seller, the far less useful Over 50’s plans have outsold them substantially! An interesting aside is that most of Dignity’s fully owned undertakers still trade under the old family name as if they were local small firms.
But, more to the point, would a Dignity Funeral Plan be right for you?
Maybe, maybe not – but if you are keen to get a funeral plan in place before prices go up yet again, call The Prepaid Funeral Review team on 0800 0588 240. If you are not ready to buy, just use our enquiry form – it will get you thinking – and send it in to us when you are ready. Our advice is independent and free.
Considering Dignity Prepaid Funeral Plans? Better to give our team a call for INDEPENDENT advice on 0800 0588 240, or use the enquiry form here. We know funeral plans have their good and bad points, and without our independent advice, you will most likely be buying blindfolded!
Dignity Funeral Plan Review.
Dignity Funeral Plans are decent (if expensive) plans, but with so many plans available it is wise to take independent advice. That is why we are here. Why not download our prepaid funeral questionnaire – then at least you’ll know the questions to ask (or some of them – we don’t give all our research away!)
According to Dignity Pre Paid Funeral Plans, this is why we should recommend them.
(But lots of plans have a different (or the same) advantages, and may be more suited to your wishes – that is why we exist to offer independent advice at no extra cost.)
- Dignity is one of the UK’s leading funeral service providers. For generations, Dignity has helped to plan funerals in Britain that are completely unique to the family concerned.
- Dignity launched the first ever funeral plan back in 1985, so they have more experience than anyone else.
- Dignity has sold more plans than any other provider. Over half a million people have purchased their funeral plan from Dignity.
- A flexible plan, you can change whenever you want. Things change – and the Dignity pre-need Funeral bond is designed with this in mind. You can add personal wishes or requests to your plan, and you won’t be charged for making these changes.
- A network of Britain’s best, local funeral directors. Dignity has a network of over 1,100 approved funeral directors. Many have been serving their local communities for generations. So you’ll have the friendly, one-to-one service of a local funeral director, with all the security of a big company.
- Excellent survey results – Over 98% of customers’ families said they would recommend their Dignity Funeral Director. They agreed that the staff they dealt with were respectful, compassionate and caring. Over 99% said the company had met or exceeded their expectations in terms of the quality of service provided to them.
- All client monies paid for Dignity prepaid funerals are safe. Funds are held in an independent trust fund which is totally separate from Dignity, so Dignity can meet the promises to plan holders even if they went out of business tomorrow.
- Comprehensive annual report. Dignity is the only national funeral plan provider to consistently publish a comprehensive annual report on its Trust Fund.
- Bereavement Counselling Service. There is a 24-hour telephone bereavement counselling service available, should friends or relatives require it.
- Certified Carbon Neutral. All three of the funeral plans Dignity offers are carbon neutral, so customers can have peace of mind that their funeral won’t damage the environment.
Here is what Dignity Pre Paid Funeral Plans have to say ?
“We are committed to providing people with the highest standards of service and care and to helping our clients every step of the way when they need us.”
Dignity Funeral Plans promise.
What we are here to do.
To help people at one of the most difficult times in their life.
How we do this
With compassion, respect, openness and care.
What we want to be
The company everyone knows they can trust in their time of need.
At every step of the way we:
- Are compassionate, respectful and caring.
- Spend as much time as a client needs.
- Provide clear and straightforward information that enables clients to make informed choices.
- Are transparent about our fees and there are no hidden extras.
- Pay attention to detail.
- Keep in contact.
Dignity Funeral Plans: The Prepaid Funeral Review says.
Dignity Funeral Plans have some good features, which will be of benefit to many, but they don’t have full national coverage. Like the Coop, they are a really big national firm, which some may feel detracts from the personal service aspect. If you would like a full review of Dignitys’ Funeral plan range compared with your needs and the offerings of other firms, you need our independent advice. Why not give us a ring on 0800 0588 2240. If you aren’t in a hurry, go HERE and download our questionnaire. It will help you consider which benefits are most important to you – and all the plans on offer their own unique set of features.
When we receive the questionnaire back, we will review it against our features and benefits database and recommend what we believe to be the most right plan for you. All we ask is that if you decide to accept our advice, you buy the plan through us. In the unlikely event that you find the recommended funeral plan cheaper elsewhere, let us know and we’ll try to renegotiate the price for you. Dignity burial plans are also available.
Dignity Prepaid Funeral Plans Prices.
Dignity plan prices valid until November 2017. All are several hundred pounds more expensive than some others on the market. As far as we are aware, these are the current prices. Like many forms they occasionally offer a little discount – which they can well afford at theses costs!
Dignity Amber prepaid funeral plan £3,585. The basic plan offering inclusive cremation with no extras.
Dignity Pearl plan £3,935. This one essentially adds a limousine for the family and a posher coffin.
Dignity Diamond plan £4,335. Top of the range with two limousines – there are other differences between the plans, which we go through with clients. And offer them our price guarantee and bonus, of course!
10 most expensive places to be cremated in 2017 in the UK according to FuneralBookers research.
(This is just the fee for cremation).
|Surrey & Sussex||Dignity PLC||Crawley||£999|
|Randalls Park||Dignity PLC||Leatherhead||£999|
|Heart of England||Dignity PLC||Nuneaton||£999|
|The Counties||Dignity PLC||Northampton||£999|