According to a report in today's Independent, the average cost of bidding farewell to one's dear departed, is now £7,018 taking into account legal costs, funeral expenses and flowers etc. This is a rise of 42 percent over the last five years.
The funeral industry says the cost of new environmental procedures has been largely responsible for the steep increase, but others say it is a lack of competition amongst funeral directors, since many have been taken over in recent years by larger companies.
Another factor is that bereaved families are often loathe to haggle over the price at such a distressing time.
It seems that we no longer just have to struggle to survive financially when we are living but now we have to worry when we are dead too!
I think I have the answer....
I am going to refuse to die unless they give me a good price first!