However, pinning down the reason for funeral inflation is difficult, even for those in the industry.
The average price of death is now £8,126, according to a survey by Sun Life, which offers policies to insure against the growing cost of funerals. The fastest-rising part of this cost is the funeral itself, which is 90% more expensive than a decade ago at £3,693. Costs are growing in all corners of this service. Funeral directors charge an average of £2,204 for the coffin, organising and other advice, while the fee for a cremation has risen to £688. Doctors charge an average of £164 to certify death, while a minister costs £152, Sun Life found. On top of this is the £2,000 for extras such as catering for a wake, a headstone and limousine hire.
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