Bill for dying is going up

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THE cost of dying in the North West has shot up by 6.5 per cent since last year.

Figures from insurers Sun Life Direct suggest that the bill - including death-related costs such as probate, headstones and flowers in addition to the basic cost of a funeral has risen to £6,526.

This compares to a slight national decrease by 1.9 per cent to £7,114.

The study paints an interesting picture of habits when it comes to death in the North West. Overall it is one of the least indulgent regions when it comes to optional funeral costs.

For example, average spend on funeral flowers in the region (£131), order sheets (£52) and venue hire (£101) is lower than any other region in the UK.

Additionally it is the cheapest place in the country to have a funeral, with the average funeral costing £2,744 compared to the national average of £3,284.

Many people in the North West and UK are left in severe financial straits on the death of a loved one, with 17 per cent of respondents across the country finding it difficult to meet the costs of a funeral.

Those who struggled had to resort to serious measures to meet the shortfall with 20 per cent putting the outstanding balance on a credit card, 10 per cent borrowing money from a loan provider, and nine per cent even having to sell their belongings.