London (PRWEB UK) 29 January 2014 -- A worrying pattern has emerged over the last 10 years that is causing financial hardship for thousands of people across the UK, brought on by the death of a family member. Funeral costs have been rising by around 7% every year bringing the cost of dying to a staggering £7,622 and with current trends expected to continue, there is little hope of things improving in the foreseeable future.
Recognising the value of pre-planning, money saving over 50s personal finance experts Over50choices have just launched their new funeral planning advice service, giving consumers across the country clear and easy access to information, guides and comparisons on market leading funeral plans.
The service provides online help with a freephone advice line for those who prefer to talk through their options, saving customers hundreds of pounds on funeral plans bought through their site.
Talking about their new service, MD Ashley Shepherd said, “Our aim is to help over 50s see that not only is planning a funeral an essential part of their everyday financial arrangements; it’s also affordable and easily accessible.
Our service breaks down the barriers people associate with dying. With a range of payment options, funeral plans can cost from as little as £21 a month; there are no daunting trips to the funeral directors to arrange everything; you choose the type of service you want so your family won’t have to go through the painful decision making process when the time comes and most importantly, it is now easy to compare plans and buy the right service at the best price; something families are often loathed to do either because they are too upset or feel it is disrespectful.”
Many funeral plan providers have already increased their costs which is one of the reasons Over50choices urges customers to act now. Plans bought through their site are not currently affected by industry increases, so customers can still get a good deal if they buy before the 1st April, saving up to £500 depending on the plan provider and service level chosen.
In addition to funeral plans, the website also has information and comparisons on standard and guaranteed over 50 life insurance, for those who prefer to leave a sum of money to their family, rather than put funeral arrangements in place themselves.
Ashley Shepherd, Over50choices.co.uk, http://www.over50choices.co.uk, +44 7977917714, [email protected]