Death is a difficult subject to talk about. Many people don't discuss their funeral with their loved ones for fear of an uncomfortable conversation. However, this can lead to confusion over funeral plans and what that person would have wanted after their death.
If you are looking to organise your funeral, one of the main questions you'll have to answer is whether you'll want a burial or cremation?
Cost for both cremations and burials vary across the UK. Usually, the cost of a cremation is less than a burial. In the UK, the average basic cremation costs £3,858, whereas the average basic burial costs £4,975*. This is because there are more costs involved in a burial. Unlike a cremation, with a burial, you need to factor in the price of burial charges, the cost of the plot, and the price of a memorial or headstone.
Unfortunately, both traditional cremations and burials have some negative effects on the environment. Cremations can emit a large amount of greenhouse gasses and also require energy to be used as part of the cremation itself. In the process of burials, where embalming chemicals are used, this ultimately moves into the soil over time.
However, if protecting the environment is important to yourself or the deceased, there are greener alternatives. For example, a green burial site, or a natural burial ground, using no embalming chemicals and a biodegradable coffin. Some pre-paid funeral plan providers offer these options, so it's worth discussing with your consultant before securing your plan.
With a pre-paid funeral plan, you can relax knowing your arrangements are in place and your farewell will be carried out the way you wanted. Click here for your Free funeral plan quote.