MetLife UK report: The Last Word: Tackling the death and funeral planning taboo
Almost a quarter of 2,000 adults surveyed for the research say that the cost of a funeral for their loved one was more expensive than they had anticipated, and 11% had to alter plans to keep costs down.
People spent an average of almost £5,000 on a funeral for their loved ones, rising to more than £6,000 for 24% of respondents.
At what is already an emotional and difficult time, the research uncovers the additional stresses and impacts people face when planning a funeral.
- 45% of those who recently helped plan a funeral confirm they were ‘stressed’ when it came to the cost, with almost one in five (18%) ‘extremely stressed’
- A quarter of people said they struggled to make decisions at the same time they were trying to grieve
- When asked what would make the process easier, 23% said knowing the deceased’s wishes would be followed
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