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Whether you’re wondering how much a funeral costs, what a funeral director does or want to know more about funeral etiquette, our funeral guidance and advice section can help. Explore the below guides for funeral support.

Rising Cost of a Funeral blog

The cost of a funeral may not be something that you have given much thought to. However with the average cost of a funeral rising year on year, this subject is something you should consider sooner rather than later.

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Want to know the latest funeral costs information in the UK? blog

Here at Open Prepaid Funerals, we understand that planning a funeral can be a stressful time and unexpected costs can soon mount up. There are hundreds of sites and articles that try to dispel the myths associated to funeral planning, but with the national average of a funeral service standing at approximately £4,000, we want to show you exactly what types, services and products are typically associated to a funeral, and the financial impact of this.

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How do funeral plans work? blog

In life, it's an inevitable fact that we will require a funeral one day. We don't always know when this time will be - and that's the trouble when it comes to planning. However, that's where Open Prepaid Funerals can help. By taking control over your funeral, you can protect loved ones from emotional and financial stress when the time comes. A prepaid funeral plan manages the logistics of the funeral, including the preparation of the funeral itself, as well as arrangements before and after the service. Learn more about how funeral plans work from our detailed guide.

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How much does a funeral cost? blog

In the UK, the average cost of a burial is £4,321*, whereas the average cost of a cremation is around £3,266*. However, how much a funeral will cost largely depends on not only if you choose a burial or cremation, but elements such as your location, the venue you choose for the wake, if you choose to use a funeral director and more. That’s why we’ve put together this guide which advises you on the average cost of a funeral, and what you need to consider when planning a funeral.

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Guide to funeral flowers meanings blog

When a loved one passes away, it's common for funeral flowers to be used for the service - whether it's a funeral at a cemetery, or a crematorium. However, as funerals hopefully don't play a part of our lives too frequently, it can be difficult to understand the various different funeral flowers and their meanings.

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What happens if you can't pay for a funeral? blog

The average cost of a traditional funeral has increased in recent years. The price of a burial now averages at £4,321 while the cost of a cremation is around £3,266. These prices can sometimes be overwhelming in times of mourning, especially if the deceased has not arranged a prepaid funeral plan. However, there are a number of options for those who cannot afford to pay for a loved one's funeral.

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How to write a funeral speech blog

When it comes to saying goodbye to your loved one, writing a eulogy is one of the most common parts of a funeral service. It's not a mandatory element of the service, but especially in the UK, eulogies are often used to commemorate the life of a loved one.

  • Posted 13th May 2021
  • Tags: Cost
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Do you have to have a funeral? blog

There is no legal requirement to have a funeral when one passes away, however, there is a requirement in the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 that states that you must 'dispose of the body of the person who has died by burial, cremation or any other means'. This does not mean that you are required to have a traditional funeral - so, what are your options if you, or a loved one, choose not to have a funeral?

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How many people can attend a funeral? blog

In light of recent COVID restrictions, the number of people who could attend funerals was vastly limited. Funeral services became much more private affairs, reserved only for close family and friends. In current times, limitations on the amount of people who can attend has been lifted – and numbers are now mainly affected by the capacity of the chosen venue, rather than government guidelines.

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How to cope with grief and loss blog

Grieving is an individual experience, and there is no set way in which a person grieves. How you react to loss can be dependent on many factors such as life experience, how close the loss was to you, personality, faith, coping style and more attributes. As you likely know from past experience, grief often takes a toll on your physical health as well as your mental health, which is why it's important to use healthy outlets to cope with your loss. That's why we've put together this guide helping you cope with grief and loss, highlighting the signs of grief to look out for, and ways to alleviate grief in the future.

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What to write on a funeral card blog

Expressing your condolences is an important part of supporting a family who has recently lost someone. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to say. What you write in a funeral card mainly depends on who the departed person was - for some, a religious message is appropriate, whilst for others, a more personal message is desired. However, writing a heartfelt message can never go a miss. Here are a few guidelines to consider if you are struggling for things to say:

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What is a funeral celebrant? blog

Many families wish to host a personal and intimate service to celebrate the end of their loved one's life, and one way to do this is to hire a funeral celebrant. A funeral celebrant is also referred to as a funeral officiant, which is a qualified person who helps officiate funeral services, support the bereaved family, as well as organise and conduct the funeral. The celebrant will usually be independent, and will be engaged by the funeral director on behalf of the family. They will be able to offer a non-religious funeral, as well as a funeral with prayers and spiritual themes.

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What is an unattended funeral? Blog

An unattended funeral, also known as a direct cremation, is conducted without a traditional funeral service – there is no ceremony or mourners in attendance. In the case of cremation, the ashes are simply collected from the crematorium. Some families may find an unattended funeral impersonal, and it may leave them feeling as though they haven’t properly grieved. Find out everything you need to know about unattended funeral services in our helpful guide today.

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How to help someone who is grieving Blog

When a loved one loses someone close, our natural instinct is to help. But sometimes, especially if we haven’t experienced bereavement first hand, it can be hard to know exactly what to say and do. Often the support from friends and family can facilitate the healing process of grief and make an isolating time seem considerably less lonely.

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