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Funerals can be an extremely difficult period in people’s lives as it induces extra stress and pressure on all involved, but unfortunately it is something every person will endure at various stages in their lifetime.
Actor Woody Allen is noted for saying “I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens ”, and while you are not going to be there in life, a funeral is an important part in the grieving process where family members and friends can honor the life and memory of their loved one.
According to British National Statistics Online, more than 611,000 people passed away in the United Kingdom in 2003, with a major factor being the country’s aging population. A survey conducted by the Oddfellows in 2000 found that the average burial funeral costs £2048 and a funeral with cremation costs on average £1215. In the USA it was projected that in 2005, more than 2,500,000 people in the United States would pass away at a rate of 8.4 per 1000 people – with the average funeral costing $6,500 excluding burial costs (according to the National Funeral Directors Association).
Regionally, a funeral is cheapest to have a burial in the north of England at the cost of £1741, whereas on the other end of the scale, the most expensive area is London at £2646. For a cremation service, the cheapest region in the United Kingdom is again northern England at £955, with Scotland being the most expensive area at £1393.
The funeral care industry in this country is well serviced, with more than 3200 funeral homes being represented by the trade body National Association of Funeral Directors and a further 700 independent funeral directors being represented by the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.
Trends in the funeral market today show that cremation is popular among Britons, with it accounting for 72.30% of all final dispositions in 2003.
Pre-paid funeral plans have grown in popularity, and gives people the opportunity to pre-arrange (and also pay for it by way of a funeral insurance plan) their own funeral before their own passing. While people don’t like to give thought to their own death (as it questions their own mortality) let alone plan it, by organizing it and outlining their wishes, they can eliminate the stress heaped onto their loved ones of planning the ceremony and disposition details, and can allow them to grieve their loss properly instead.
With average burial funeral costing approximately £2048, being prepared financially for your own funeral, (either through personal savings or an insurance policy) can also eliminate financial stress from your family of having to find the extra money for the event.
In the USA there are more than 21,000 funeral homes throughout that country, offering professional services that will help people through their time of need, such as funeral arrangement, as well as grief counseling and professional advice.
Current funeral trends in the USA have seen the popularity of cremations rise among Americans, with it accounting for more than 27% of all final dispositions in 2002. Projections for the year 2010 have the total percentage of cremations predicted to be nearly 43% according to the Cremation Association of North America.