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.
Guaranteeing your funeral director costs are covered
The average cost of a basic funeral has increased to £3,897 according to the SunLife Cost of Dying Report, 2016. That is more than twice as much as it was when SunLife first started tracking funeral prices in 2004, meaning the cost of dying is rising faster than inflation.
The steep rise in funeral costs
What goes up must come down. Or so the saying goes, anyway – although it feels like where the cost of goods and services is concerned, the only way is up. And inflation has a way of rising slowly over time, without even being much noticed or commented on day-to-day. But when you take a look at the price of things from a few years back – or even from previous decades – the effect of inflation really hits home.
The best ways to pay for your funeral
With the cost of dying rising much faster than the cost of living, it makes sense to fund your funeral in advance. As the UK’s leading funeral plan provider, Golden Charter offers a range of ways to guarantee that essential funeral expenses are covered.
Golden Charter visits Lady Haig's Poppy Factory
Ronnie Wayte, Chief Executive of Golden Charter, recently visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh to help with the dispatch of poppies ahead of the 2016 Poppy Appeal in November. The Edinburgh-based factory, which this year celebrated its 90th birthday, employs veterans with disabilities to hand-assemble around five million poppies and more than 10,000 wreaths every year for the Scottish Poppy Appeal.
Scattering ashes, a guide to what's involved
When you’re considering options for the arrangements to be made after you die, one of the most important choices to make is whether you would prefer a burial or a cremation. It’s an entirely personal thing – and can be down to your religious beliefs or whatever your preference may be.
Continuity is crucial for real peace of mind
In today’s fast and frantic world, companies seem to come and go, especially when technology is involved. It’s not uncommon to see new businesses burst on to the scene, rise to be hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread and then flame out within a couple of years, replaced by something supposedly newer and shinier.
Cost of dying is revealed to be the fastest rising fixed cost in the UK
SunLife’s 2016 Cost of Dying report reveals funerals have more than doubled in price in little over a decade. You can protect your family against much of this inflation by locking in the costs attached to the funeral director’s services with a pre-paid funeral plan from Golden Charter.
How to put together a ‘Rest in Peace’ folder
Later life planning is about making sure that your wishes are respected, but also making things easier for the loved ones you leave behind. From arranging and paying for your funeral to making a Will, the plans you put in place will be a welcome relief for family or friends when the time finally comes.
Golden Charter joins forces with The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland
We’re delighted to announce that we’re partnering up with The Royal British Legion and its sister organisation, Poppyscotland, to raise funds for the Armed Forces community. From today, a £25 donation will be made to the charities for every Golden Charter funeral plan sold via our website and through participating independent funeral directors.
AJ Sellman of Cannock, National Funeral Planner of the Year 2016
Earlier this year, AJ Sellman Family Funeral Directors won the award for best large independent funeral director at 2016’s Funeral Planner of the Year Awards. Director Edward Poole said winning the award was wonderful, but the important part was the process of getting to the top spot as a team by “improving and innovating together".