Listen: Dan Garrett discussing the rising cost of funerals on BBC Radio 4
Our CEO, Dan Garrett, joined Dharshini David on BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme to talk about the rising cost of funerals in the UK.
The average cost of a funeral in the UK has doubled in the last 10 years, rising faster than wages, utility bills and even house prices. This has now reached a point where 1 in 8 families are going into debt to cover the cost of their loved one's funeral.
At the same time, the majority of people today want a send-off that's more personal and less formal. Cremations are already the most popular farewell, but around 50% of people don't realise that they can do away with the formal funeral and just have a personal memorial service.
This is exactly what we offer with our simple cremation service (also known as a direct cremation). For just £800, we collect your loved one, carry out a private cremation and hand-deliver their ashes back to you. You can then have their ashes present at the memorial – whether it’s a picnic in the park, fireworks by the beach or dinner at a favourite restaurant.
Click below to listen to our CEO, Dan Garrett, talking about our direct cremation service on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme.