Dandelion Farewells signs the Fair Funeral pledge
The Fair Funerals pledge has been launched by anti-poverty charity Quaker Social Action. The campaign is working with government, charities and the funeral industry to tackle the growing problem of funeral poverty. Dandelion Farewells has joined the national campaign and pledged to provide a fair deal for local people. Central to our business profile are the principles of affordability and transparency.
A little background (from the QSA): ‘Funeral poverty exists when the cost of a funeral is beyond a person’s ability to pay. One in seven people now experience serious financial difficulty when paying for a funeral and the cost of dying has risen seven times faster than the cost of living. Over the past ten years the cost of a basic funeral has risen by 80% - from an average of £1,920 to £3,551.
At the same time, the grant from the state, available to people on very low incomes has dwindled. It now only covers around 35% of the overall cost of a funeral. Often people don’t find out if they are eligible for support for three weeks, by which time they have had to commit to funeral costs having no idea if they’ll get any help towards them.
Buying a funeral can be expensive and confusing. Bereaved people don’t often make savvy consumers, and our squeamishness around discussing death and money can mean we have very little awareness as consumers about whether a price is fair and reasonable. There is a lack of clear, comparable information about prices which make an already stressful, disorientating time worse for people. And there are big differences in what funeral directors charge.’
Dandelion Farewells has signed up to the Fair Funerals pledge to help tackle this problem.
We pledge to:
- Recognise funerals can be expensive and many people struggle with the cost
- Make our most affordable funeral package visible to the public, including third party costs
- Charge clear prices for goods and services so people know what they are buying. Communicate prices in initial conversations and prominently display full price lists
Dandelion Farewells is committed to providing the information and choices that enable bereaved families to make empowered decisions.
Call us for a private conversation if you are worried about paying for a funeral.