Most of us know what songs we would like to commemorate our lives. From Frank Sinatra’s iconic song ‘My Way’, to the classical fare of Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, music has been central to funeral planning in recent years. But while many are focused on song choices too few realise the actual cost of funerals.
The reality is funeral costs, like most things these days are rising rapidly. The average cost of a funeral in 2010 was £2,857*, but it is projected that this could rise to around £4,050† by 2015. These increases are not only outstripping inflation, but also the return many people are receiving on their savings and investments.
However people in Northern Ireland could freeze the price of a funeral at today’s prices with the Age UK Guaranteed Funeral Plan, and if they buy before November 30th, they can beat the forthcoming price rise, and save up to £185.
Ron Warwick, General Manager of Age NI Enterprises explains, ‘At Age NI Enterprises we understand how important it is to plan for the future which is why we offer a funeral plan which freezes funeral costs at today’s prices, no matter how high prices continue to rise. This investment provides you with the reassurance that the cost of arrangements are covered, leaving you with peace of mind that your family won’t be left struggling with the cost of a funeral at a stressful and emotional time.’
Ron added, ‘When you take out the Age UK Guaranteed Funeral Plan you can spread the cost over 12 or 60 months or even up to ten years! There are a choice of three plans to suit a range of needs and budgets, and you can add your own special refinements in your own time. There are no health restrictions, and acceptance is guaranteed for everyone over 50.’
To find out more call Age NI Enterprises for free on 0808 100 4545 or alternatively, visit the Age NI Enterprises office, 10 College Street, Belfast to speak to someone face-to-face about your needs.
* Source: Mintel Funeral Business Reports 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2007 & Mintel Survey of Average Funeral Pricing 2004 and AXA Mintel Funeral Costs Survey 2010.
Age NI Enterprises Limited is an Appointed Representative of Age UK Enterprises Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for insurance mediation.