Let's talk about funeral poverty
Back in 2015, the cost of a basic funeral sat at £3,693. However, in just over one year, this cost has risen to £3,897 with basic funerals increasing in costs by 103% since 12 years ago. Ahead of our wages, pensions and inflation, funerals have quickly become one of the UK’s fastest rising costs, so it’s no surprise that almost 28% of families are spending considerably less money on the send-off for their loved ones than they were only five short years ago.
Decluttering: the magic of tidying up
The start of every year focuses us on what we would like to change and how we can make our lives as straight forward as possible. There has been a huge interest in ‘decluttering’ over the last couple of years, with Japanese author Marie Kondo at the centre of the global tidying up revolution.
The Growing Popularity of Eco-Friendly Funerals
Over 50 million people die, worldwide, each year and unfortunately most of their funerals are damaging to the environment in some way. With global warming and the destruction of natural habitats becoming a bigger issue in our society, more and more people are turning to eco-friendly funerals.
Video funerals welcome virtual mourners
Streaming video has been the online sensation of 2016. From social news site Buzzfeed blowing up a watermelon to Facebook’s hilarious ‘Chewbacca Mom’, millions of people have watched video broadcasts on their computers and phones all over the world.
ITV programme spotlights funerals
The Tonight special, presented by Adam Shaw, acknowledged the fact that arranging the funeral of a loved one can be among one of the hardest things we ever do. It also reported that, adding to the emotional upset, few people are aware of the financial impact a funeral can have.
Golden Charter marks Remembrance Day with fundraising for Poppyscotland in Glasgow
Today (11 November), staff from Golden Charter, the UK’s leading independent provider of funeral plans, will spend Remembrance Day fundraising for Poppyscotland. The ten staff members will volunteer their time and hit the streets of Glasgow to encourage locals to give generously to the Scottish Poppy Appeal 2016.
Location, location - Regional variations in the average cost of a basic funeral
If you’ve ever watched any TV home show, you’ll know that location is everything. From building a conservatory to getting a new kitchen or bathroom, you can change almost everything. But, once bought, you cannot change your home's location. But living in the UK’s most desirable areas is an expensive business. And the same can be said of dying.
The peace of mind that comes with later life planning
The sad truth is that thousands of people die each year (whether expected or unexpected) without having made any provisions for the future, meaning that grieving friends and family members are often left trying to untangle their legacy. However, by planning ahead for later life you could really help to ease the emotional and financial burden on loved ones at what will inevitably be a distressing time.
Words of Remembrance
One of the best-known symbols of remembrance is the poppy, a resilient flower that, despite the surrounding destruction, flourished in the battle fields of the First World War. Its use to commemorate those who have died in war was inspired by the poem ‘In Flanders Field’, written in Spring 1915 by Canadian army doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.