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Press releases

2014 Cost of dying soars

  • 2014 cost of dying soars by 10.6% in one year to £8,427, seven times the rate of inflation
  • Funeral accounts for only 43% of the total cost of dying
  • As costs rise, over half of us now choose DIY estate administration

Financial shocks sink over-60s into poverty

  • SunLife's 2013 Cost of Dying report
  • Over 60s too poor to die – average savings are less than total cost of dying
  • Over 60s unable to recover from financial shocks, leaving families to pay for funerals
  • 10% of over 60s unable to cover everyday essentials with income

Rest in poverty - cost of dying up again

  • 2013 cost of dying up 7.1% since 2012 with a significant postcode lottery
  • Funeral costs up 80% since 2004 – average funeral now £3,456
  • SunLife projects the average cost of a funeral will rise to over £4,300 by 2018