Age Scotland Helps Over 50’s Plan For Funeral Costs



Edinburgh residents face inequality of rising cremation costs with funeral poverty at a record high

Age Scotland Enterprises is offering over 50s in Edinburgh the opportunity to find out more about how ongoing rises in funeral costs might affect them and their families in a series of dedicated open days.

Funeral poverty is at a record high and is continuing to rise across Scotland*. It is estimated that the average cost of a basic funeral, not including the likes of flowers or catering, is expected to cost around £4,500 in 2019*. Cremation costs alone have risen 23% in Edinburgh since 2010**.

People living in Edinburgh face an unfair ‘postcode lottery’ of rising funeral costs, with the cost of a burial in the city second highest in Scotland – nearly £1,500 more than the cheapest in the Western Isles***.

The specialist team at Age Scotland Enterprises is hosting dedicated funeral planning open days at its Edinburgh office to answer questions and offer practical help about planning ahead and strategies to avoid rising funeral costs.

The open days will take place on:

  • Wednesday 30th September
  • Friday 30th October
  • Monday 30th November

People can also call the team on the free telephone number 0800 456 1137 anytime to discuss these issues.

Logan Steele, Age Scotland Enterprises General Manager said: “Organising a funeral involves a great deal of emotional and mental strength and it’s important to not ignore the impact on finances.

“We fully appreciate that some people feel uneasy addressing such traditionally taboo issues. Our experienced team understand this and speak to people sensitively about how they can plan ahead in a practical way. Ultimately it not only gives peace of mind for them and their family, it can help save money too.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from hosting such sessions in the past. People have found that the process is more straightforward than they thought and it takes a huge weight off their minds. They appreciate the value in a personalised plan and making their wishes known to their families.”

The Age Scotland Enterprises office is at Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR. The team can also be contacted via their free phone number, 0800 456 1137.

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