High cost of dying in Hampshire

High cost of dying in Hampshire

High cost of dying in Hampshire

First published in News

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.

Costs have risen dramatically in just two years.

The Engage Mutual report shows cremations in Hampshire would set families back £2,833 on average, while the cost of burials have risen an average of £2,384 in the same period.

The firm now warns people are in grave danger of leaving a legacy of debt by not planning for soaring funeral costs.

Chris Lawrence, of Southampton-based J Lawrence and Son, said the average costs revealed in the report are above what his business charges.

He told the Daily Echo: “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.”

Chris Waters, of Waters and Sons funeral directors in Southampton, added: “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.”

MOST EXPENSIVE COUNTIES FOR CREMATIONS

  1. Hampshire (£3,957)
  2. West Lothian (£3,862)
  3. East Lothian (£3,725)
  4. London (£3,703)
  5. Essex (£3,690)

 

MOST EXPENSIVE COUNTIES FOR BURIALS

  1. London (£7,490)
  2. Middlesex (£6,961)
  3. Warwickshire (£6,873)
  4. Hampshire (£6,519)
  5. Midlothian (£6,104)

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6:51am Thu 10 Jul 14

Kirsty666 says...

Although the family care I'm sure the dead person won't
Although the family care I'm sure the dead person won't Kirsty666
  • Score: 11

7:19am Thu 10 Jul 14

Zexagon says...

I'd rather die owing a million than having a million
I'd rather die owing a million than having a million Zexagon
  • Score: 18

10:03am Thu 10 Jul 14

Beer Monster says...

Having cremated my Mum at Southampton Crematorium last November, I can confirm that the costs involved are somewhat extortionate. Ironically enough, I'm looking to move buy a house in the Edinburgh area where I work.

Think I'll just get buried at sea...
Having cremated my Mum at Southampton Crematorium last November, I can confirm that the costs involved are somewhat extortionate. Ironically enough, I'm looking to move buy a house in the Edinburgh area where I work. Think I'll just get buried at sea... Beer Monster
  • Score: 3

10:15am Thu 10 Jul 14

freefinker says...

.. I keep asking my kids to just put me in the wheely-bin when I'm gone - free cremation at the Marchwood incinerator.
I don't know why they keep saying no. Seems an ideal solution; after all when you're dead your body is just waste meat.
.. I keep asking my kids to just put me in the wheely-bin when I'm gone - free cremation at the Marchwood incinerator. I don't know why they keep saying no. Seems an ideal solution; after all when you're dead your body is just waste meat. freefinker
  • Score: 8

10:52am Thu 10 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

freefinker wrote:
.. I keep asking my kids to just put me in the wheely-bin when I'm gone - free cremation at the Marchwood incinerator.
I don't know why they keep saying no. Seems an ideal solution; after all when you're dead your body is just waste meat.
I think they wanted to do that before you were dead !!!
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. I keep asking my kids to just put me in the wheely-bin when I'm gone - free cremation at the Marchwood incinerator. I don't know why they keep saying no. Seems an ideal solution; after all when you're dead your body is just waste meat.[/p][/quote]I think they wanted to do that before you were dead !!! Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 2

11:41am Thu 10 Jul 14

ReverendPaul says...

I work with bereaved families throughout the year and have to say that the smaller independent companies such as Wessex Funeral Services offer an outstanding, personalised service to families, with no cutting of corners at a fraction of the price of these quoted figures. People need to be aware of the realistic prices that are charged by the independents against the extortionate fees charged by the more corporate companies and those who have many overheads. There used to be a saying Shop Locally- that applies now in the funeral industry. Shop around to get the best price available rather than just going to a funeral director who you heard of. Funerals below £2000 is very achievable locally if people look.
I work with bereaved families throughout the year and have to say that the smaller independent companies such as Wessex Funeral Services offer an outstanding, personalised service to families, with no cutting of corners at a fraction of the price of these quoted figures. People need to be aware of the realistic prices that are charged by the independents against the extortionate fees charged by the more corporate companies and those who have many overheads. There used to be a saying Shop Locally- that applies now in the funeral industry. Shop around to get the best price available rather than just going to a funeral director who you heard of. Funerals below £2000 is very achievable locally if people look. ReverendPaul
  • Score: 4

11:56am Thu 10 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

They would make a killing if they did a buy one get one free offer........
They would make a killing if they did a buy one get one free offer........ burgerboy
  • Score: 5

3:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Zexagon says...

freefinker wrote:
.. I keep asking my kids to just put me in the wheely-bin when I'm gone - free cremation at the Marchwood incinerator.
I don't know why they keep saying no. Seems an ideal solution; after all when you're dead your body is just waste meat.
You could be outside the front of your house a while the way things are going
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. I keep asking my kids to just put me in the wheely-bin when I'm gone - free cremation at the Marchwood incinerator. I don't know why they keep saying no. Seems an ideal solution; after all when you're dead your body is just waste meat.[/p][/quote]You could be outside the front of your house a while the way things are going Zexagon
  • Score: 5

5:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

smitche6 says...

The reason the costs are so high is that people do not compare funeral services before going ahead with one director. Less than 1 in 10 people ever go to more than one funeral director so comparing is hard, www.comparethecoffin
.com makes it easy. Either just use the coffin shop, or use the comparison service tp compare prices from different funeral directors.
The reason the costs are so high is that people do not compare funeral services before going ahead with one director. Less than 1 in 10 people ever go to more than one funeral director so comparing is hard, www.comparethecoffin .com makes it easy. Either just use the coffin shop, or use the comparison service tp compare prices from different funeral directors. smitche6
  • Score: 1

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