Funerals can be very expensive. In fact, latest figures show that the average cost of a funeral in Scotland is now £3,837, so it is no surprise to also learn that funeral poverty in the UK amounts to £82.7m.*
But this isn’t a flat rate, and the figure can go up or down depending on where you live. Research has found that the costliest funerals are found in Aberdeen, Perth, Inverness or Motherwell.
So what should you do if you live in these places?
Don’t accept the first quote given – shop around. We know it can be a stressful time, but if you can at least get a few quotes from a number of funeral directors, then you may avoid paying more than you should.
Ensure all the costs are listed so you don’t end up paying for something that might not be necessary or something you want.
See if you are eligible for any kind of financial support. The Scottish Government offer a Funeral Support Payment for people who are in receipt of certain benefits. You can find more about that here – Social security: Funeral Support Payment – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
How can Caledonia Cremation help?
We are a social enterprise funeral director who offer direct cremation across mainland Scotland.
We are charity-run, so our priority is your wellbeing, not profit.
When you call us, you will receive impartial advice and emotional support. If what we offer is right for you then we will do everything we can to take care of you, but if direct cremation isn’t for you, then we won’t pressurise you in anyway.
We have also received funding to provide a free emotional support helpline so please do get in touch if that is something that may help you at this time.
Get in touch.
If you need to organise a funeral for a loved one now, then you can find out more here
If you want to plan for your own funeral, then you can find more information here
We are here for you, so please do get in touch:
By phone 03000 113 311
By email email@example.com
*Royal London Funeral Cost Index 2020