People 'should plan ahead for funerals'

Posted on 16 September 2011

Planning ahead for funerals ensures that the financial burden does not fall on relatives, one expert has said, with many paying for care likely to be considering the issue.

Dr Kate Woodthorpe, lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bath, said that if someone dies, there is an infrastructure in place which means that it has to be dealt with - there isn't an option of not coping.

"The difficulties would be the extent to which bereaved people take on loans to cover the cost of funerals, or funeral directors take on debt for people who can't afford them," she continued.

She explained by thinking ahead and starting to put some money aside, people can lessen the worries of their family and friends.

Dr Woodshaw added that there is a real taboo around death, but people should talk about the reality of it as it costs a substantial amount of money.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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