In just 8 years, from 2012 to the first half of 2020, the number of plans actually used to provide funerals has doubled, says the Funeral Planning Authority. Over 3,300 families weekly have benefitted from the straightforward single phone call to set the wheels in motion in the first half of 2020. That figure will rocket over the next few years as more people realise the benefits of planning ahead (and getting free Independent Advice from us on CLOSED 9-9 any day.)
In many cases, the cost of a prepaid plan can be substantially less than the cost of exactly the same funeral with the same undertaker. Late 2019 a friends mother had a standard funeral which cost £4,795. Had she purchased a prepaid plan even a few weeks earlier, the same funeral would have cost just £3,295. I’ll leave you to work out the saving!
Of course, it doesn’t always work out that well, but the point of a funeral plan is to pre-solve problems for those left behind which may include whose credit card is going to pay, arguments over what the deceased would have wished for. Worse still the embarrassment of asking for quotes from several undertakers – which is why funeral directors can charge so much for “at-need” cremations and burials.
Even if you can’t afford a funeral plan, why not get in touch and ask for our free planner – at least that way you can reduce the problems surrounding your own death by making your own wishes clear.
There are now over 1.4 million funeral plans in place so there are still plenty of folk who haven’t got round to pre-planning. With the advent of direct cremations, at least a basic plan is within the reach of pretty much everyone, so why not give us a call – even the call is free, and we have no sales team to push you into something (even though we probably should – for you own good as well as ours!)
Funeral plan use is going to increase dramatically, as costs rise, so the earlier you invest in your plan, the less it will cost and the more the family will save, never mind the emotional benefits.
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