High cost of dying in Hampshire
High cost of dying in Hampshire was published back in 2014 in the Southern Daily Echo.
HAMPSHIRE is one of the most expensive places to die in the country, new figures have revealed.
A study has revealed the county is the most expensive place for cremations on average in the UK, while it is the fourth highest for average burial costs.
The figures, revealed in the Engage Mutual 2014 Funeral Costs Tracker, show the cost of cremation in Hampshire is an £3,957 - some £700 higher than the UK average.
Average burial costs are even higher at £6,519 - the fourth highest in the country - and well above the country's average at £4,690.
... show the cost of cremation in Hampshire is an £3,957 in 2014
But these figures are now 2 years old. The Sunlife Cost of Dying report which gives national averages and shows funeral costs rising for the 11th year in a row in their 2015 report shows the national average to be £3,693 but £5,068 for London. These figures are based on cremations with funerals increasing the costs.
Interestingly the articles was commented on by local funeral directors, some of whom said they charged less than the Engage Mutual Report figures, but no prices where shown. However other comments included;
“Perhaps Hampshire is the most expensive because it is a more affluent area but we have other affluent counties nearby down here in the south such as Berkshire for example.”
“The price of everything is going up at the moment such as petrol and gas and the prices of funerals are the same.”
“Hampshire is a more affluent area also so perhaps that plays in making the county more expensive.”
“People don't always understand the breakdown of costs involved which include third party costs such as ministers fees and doctors fees, two doctors must sign forms before cremation.”
“But people don't have to have expensive funerals and people are tending to our cheaper and shorter alternatives.”
The situation doesn’t seem to be changing, if costs continue to rise as they have over the last ten years then in just four years time the national average cost for a cremation could be £4,620, putting Hampshire’s average nearer to £4,995.
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