Dying’s getting dead expensive, but people in the North East pay less

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THE cost of dying in the North East is £7,358, according to a survey.

End of life costs – including death-related costs such as funerals, probate, headstones and flowers – have increased to an average of £7,248 nationally, up 20 per cent since 2007.

The annual study, for financial services firm Sun Life Direct, claimed that with an average of £628, the North East was second least-generous in the UK when it comes to spend on memorials.

Funerals in the region were most likely in the UK to have additional limousines, a funeral notice and a death notice, but least likely to have service cards, hire a venue and have a memorial.

The survey also found that the North East was the worst for writing wills – with some 42 per cent die without one.