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    Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss.

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    Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 04 Dec 2018, 12:32 pm

    Funeral costs are up 84% in 10 years

    The boss of the UK's largest funeral provider, the Co-op Group, has admitted the industry has taken advantage of people's grief in the past.

    Steve Murrells said price wasn't on the agenda for people arranging a funeral - which created "the wrong behaviour in the industry".

    Last week, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a major investigation into the sector.

    The CMA said it had "serious concerns" about above-inflation price rises.

    The Co-op has recently launched a number of affordable products, including a cremation without ceremony product, which Steve Murrells says is already proving popular.

    "One in 30 of our funerals are already being taken up in that form," he said.

    HERE is the simple Cooperative funeral that will cost much less than you might have expected.




    There are many more affordable funerals to be found in Google.

    HERE is the Google page that will offer many cheap funerals. They do NOT need to cost many thousands of pounds.


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    Re: Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss.

    Post by zathrus on Fri 07 Dec 2018, 12:24 pm

    I already knew that the cost of funerals had gone up, but I did not know it was by 84% in 10 years.

    That is just greed by the funeral companies and now people are going to try to find cut-rate funerals.

    This could encourage real competition between the funeral companies.
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    Post by papa_umau on Sat 08 Dec 2018, 11:54 am

    What a lot of people are now going to be driven to do is to get a "no-service" funeral and cremation.

    This will be the cheapest type of funeral now and in the future.


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    Re: Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss.

    Post by Angie baby on Mon 10 Dec 2018, 11:34 am

    Yes, everything that is added to a funeral makes it more and more expensive.
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    Post by papa_umau on Tue 11 Dec 2018, 1:12 pm

    As there is now no such thing as a paupers funeral now, the bottom end of society are just going to have to try to get a minimum funeral paid for by the Social Security.


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    Post by Hell's Granny on Fri 28 Dec 2018, 3:56 pm

    Alternatively, you can do it yourself. There is no law saying that you have to use a funeral director at all, although it is unusual. You don't even need a coffin if you don't want one.

    There are all kinds of alternative funerals, especially of you do not subscribe to one of the larger religious communities.

    I have officiated at an alternative funeral.
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    Re: Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss.

    Post by papa_umau on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 12:44 pm

    That is exactly the funeral, ( hope I am not tempting providence here ), that I have instructed in my will.

    As a non-religious person I do not want rows of mourners and religious words spoken over my body.

    I might even consider the private cremation but this has to be done at a proper crematorium licenced to carry out that job.

    Burial is not for me and I know that it requires planning permission for the siting of a plot not in a proper cemetary.


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    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 5:39 pm

    I rather fancy a Woodland burial plot; (would have gone for a niche in the Long Barrow in Wiltshire, but all the places are already booked!)

    I quite fancy growing a tree on my body!
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    Post by papa_umau on Mon 31 Dec 2018, 11:51 am

    Yes, that idea has been used many times before as any tree that is planted over a burial plot always grows better than the ones that are not.

    Still, if you, or anyone plans to get buried in such a plot they will need the landowners permission and planning permission too.


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    Re: Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Tue 01 Jan 2019, 1:31 pm

    There are Woodland cemeteries now, already licenced!
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    Post by papa_umau on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 11:35 am

    Yes, that would be the best of both worlds, but as you say, the plots in these woodland cemeteries are quickly used up.


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