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Over 50s would choose to spend final 24 hours with ‘family, friends and partners’ or ‘in the pub’

 Taken from Ecclesiastical Planning Services funeral plan provider

New research reveals how people aged 50 and above would choose to spend their time if they were given just 24 hours to live.

Spending time with friends, family, or a romantic partner and in the pub were all popular responses.

In a recent survey, we asked 439 people aged 50 and above how they would spend their time if they were told they had just one day to live. The results provided fascinating reading with some common themes emerging.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, personal relationships were prioritised by a large proportion of respondents who said that they would spend their time with children, grandchildren or close friends. People also specified natural surroundings as places they would most like to spend this time with their loved ones, including forest areas, beaches and mountain ranges, such as Snowdonia.

Another popular theme was around spending the time with a romantic partner, often in a place of particular significance to the couple.

The survey also revealed an interesting selection of more alternative answers. For example, a large number of respondents said they would choose to spend their last day on earth in their favourite pub. Relaxing in luxury spa hotels, watching a favourite sport and lounging on beaches in foreign climates were also activities that featured frequently. But perhaps the most heart-warming response came from a respondent who has clearly enjoyed a contented life, who said: “I’d do nothing different to any other day, I’d enjoy myself.”

Marketing Manager, Emma Simpson, said: “It is both heart-breaking and heart-warming to read these responses and see how people would choose to spend their final 24 hours as it’s really about distilling what’s most important to people .

“Some of the responses were quite entertaining, but it was interesting to see that spending time with loved ones came up so consistently. Of course, no-one wants to think about their final days or what happens after their death, but for those left behind, funeral arrangements become a focus. As a funeral plan provider working with funeral directors across the country, we see the peace of mind that funeral pre-planning provides.”

Source: OnePoll research of 439 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, December 2018.

People expect funerals to be £1,275 less than actual costs study shows

 A study conducted by a provider of funeral plans in the UK has revealed a substantial gap of £1,275 between the actual average funeral cost compared to the expectations of funeral expenses according to Britons who have not yet had to organise one.  

 Research from a UK provider of funeral plans has unveiled that the average funeral cost is over £1,000 more than the average Briton would expect, prior to having to organise one. The same study also revealed that while the public generally expect the coffin to be the biggest funeral expense, in actual fact the burial or cremation is by far the largest cost in a traditional funeral.

The study, conducted by Ecclesiastical Planning Services, polled 1,793 British adults, all of whom were aged 18 or over. Participants were questioned about their experiences of funerals as part of ongoing research into planning trends across the UK.

Initially, all participants were asked “Have you been involved in the organisation and financial management of a funeral?” to which 61% of respondents said that they had.  The survey then asked this group of respondents to state how much the total cost of the funeral was. The average answer was revealed as £3,175.

In order to compare this against perceived funeral costs, all respondents who had not been involved in organising a funeral were asked to state how much they believed the total cost of a funeral might be.  The team calculated an average figure of £1,900, revealing a difference of £1,275 between the expectations and the actual cost.           

The results paint an alarming picture of the perception of funeral costs compared to actual figures. Funeral costs have risen sharply in recent years, thanks largely to rising cremation and burial ground costs. The survey asked all respondents who had been involved in planning a funeral whether the costs had been taken care of prior to the passing of the deceased, either via a plan or in savings set aside. 35 per cent said that there had been no plans in place or savings set aside to cover the funeral expenses.

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