A poll has revealed that 55 per cent of people aged over 60 have no plans in place for their own funeral, potentially leaving their loved ones to take care of funeral arrangements on their behalf.
A poll conducted by a UK provider of funeral plans has revealed that more than half (55 per cent) of Britons over the age of 60 do not have any plans or savings in place for their own funeral, with the majority citing financial strains as their reasoning. The study, conducted by Ecclesiastical Planning Services, polled 1,708 British adults, all of whom were over the age of 60. Participants were questioned on their attitudes to funeral planning and finances.
Those taking part were asked “Do you have any plans or savings in place for your funeral?” 45 per cent said ‘yes’, with the majority (73 per cent) citing a desire to have it all taken care of so that their next of kin didn’t have to worry and 22 per cent stating that they wanted to be organised ‘just in case’.
The remaining 55 per cent of respondents who answered that they had no plans in place for their own funeral service revealed that while financial strain was by far the most common reason people decided not to make plans, many people also thought it was far too early in life to consider funeral arrangements. Interestingly, just 17 per cent of people cited not wanting to think about funeral plans as the reason for not making plans.
Steven Barrett from R.W. Barrett & Son, a local independent funeral director based in Newcastle upon Tyne said: “From looking at the answers, we can understand that people are concerned about planning or just simply aren’t financially able to plan ahead; however, funeral plans can be more affordable than people realise. As funeral directors we are aware of the financial strains that people are under these days and there are many ways that these arrangements can be tailored and arranged in an affordable way.”