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Interesting Funeral Facts UK

21st September 2016   Funerals

There are hundreds of ways to honour a life. Funeral ceremonies have been taking place over a range of cultures for thousands of years through many different practices including burial at sea, standard cremation and even sky burials. Some may choose to plan their own funeral entirely, while others are dealt with, planned and arranged by family, loved ones and funeral directors.

An estimated 2.5 billion people watched the funeral of Princess Diana… Source, BBC

But how much do you really know about funerals? We’ve produced an infographic conveying the most weird and most surprising facts about funeral services in the UK.

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What’s the difference between a coffin and a casket?

A casket only has 4 sides while a coffin has 6. Caskets are rectangular in shape and are generally crafted with higher quality material.

Do more people choose a burial or a cremation?

Cremations account for 70% of all funerals in the UK.

This could be for a number of reasons, including reducing the cost of the service, people may just want a simple, no-fuss type funeral and may want to be cremated for the concerns of the environment.

What’s the average price of a funeral?

Around £7,622. This includes extras such as catering and flowers. But the average price of a typical funeral service including non-discretionary fees is £3,456.

When was cremation officially made legal?

Cremation was made legal in 1902 after 28 years of campaigning. Cremation usually takes place in a crematorium, but in certain countries, people prefer alternative methods such as open-air cremation.

What is the most ancient evidence of cremation?

In 1969, remains were discovered and estimated to be over 20,000 years old.

Is there a funeral ritual for animals?

Elephants and Chimpanzees are known to bury the dead by throwing leaves and branches on them.

Why are have flowers placed on graves of the dead?

Since roman times, it’s thought that the people of Ancient Rome wanted to create a comforting environment for the deceased’s spirit. Since then, it is a natural occurrence that people attend funerals and memorial spots with flowers.

What is the average cost for funeral flowers?

£150 is the general cost for memorial service flowers. Funeral flowers are considered a personal tribute to the deceased and are available in a range of styles, colours and sizes.

How many people would like a traditional funeral service for themselves?

27% of people would like a church service with hymns as their send off, while 54% of respondents claimed that they would like a more personal service.

Did you know?

You can hire ‘professional mourners’ to add to the sad atmosphere of a funeral. The mourners are informed of the deceased and paid to speak to family members as though they were friends.

So, there you have it, a range of funeral facts that you may not have been aware of!

At ISCA Funerals, we offer a range of professional services including traditional and alternative funerals to Exeter and the South West. If you’ve lost a loved one and require a low-cost, personal and trusted service, please get in touch.

The grieving process can be extremely difficult and our experienced team of professionals are committed to helping you through it as best we can.


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