This Is Money published an interesting article on funerals Here is an extract.
“There are more than 3,700 funeral directors in Britain in a business worth £2 billion a year. The largest is the 1,100-strong chain run by Dignity while The Co-operative Funeralcare has 800 branches. There are also more than 1,000 independent funeral directors – businesses that have often been in the same family for generations.
Margaret Armstrong, 65, from Liverpool, organised the funeral for her 87-year-old mother Peggy Blair, when she died three years ago.
The retired secondary school teacher says: ‘Fortunately, I did not use the first funeral director I contacted but found a local independent director, Peter Coyne, who provided a good value, personalised service without forcing me to pay unnecessary extras.’
Personal: Margaret Armstrong paid £5,000 for her mother’s funeral
Margaret says the cost was still more than £5,000. This included the burial of Peggy’s ashes alongside her husband Leslie, who died aged 73 in 1997, at Anfield Cemetery in Stanley Park, which lies close to the famous stadium of Liverpool Football Club.”