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.