Consider Bespoke Urns As More People Opt For Cremations

The continuing cost-of-living crisis is having an impact on the funeral industry, with more people opting for direct cremations for their loved ones. 

According to the SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2024, burials came in at an average £5,077 last year, which was an increase of 5.9 per cent from 2022. 

This was the most expensive type of funeral, with cremations costing a much more affordable £3,795, and direct cremations, which is a cremation without a funeral service or ceremony, being even cheaper at £1,498. 

Cremations with a service have, therefore, become the most popular type of funeral, with 53 per cent of people choosing these. However, direct cremations are on the rise, and accounted for one-fifth of all funerals last year. 

Although many people are reluctant to go ahead with direct cremations, as they want a service to accompany the funeral, lots of people still pay their respects to the deceased with a wake or memorial celebration afterwards. 

One-third of people who organise a direct cremation have a wake; 27 per cent have a memorial service; and 18 per cent choose to have both. 

An advantage of doing this is it gives the bereaved time to have their loved one’s ashes in an urn close by until they are ready to let them go. 

Many people are not able to say their goodbyes immediately, which is why having a personalised urn to keep ashes in can help them during their bereavement. It helps to celebrate the person’s life and interests, while they get used to the fact they are no longer here. 

It also means they have the space and opportunity to think of somewhere special to scatter the ashes without rushing into the decision immediately after the death.