Whilst the cost of a funeral has gone up in Eastbourne, it’s still cheaper than the national average.
That’s according to figures released by funeralbooker.com.
Over the past year, the cost of a burial at Langney or Ocklynge Cemeteries has risen 3% from £1,670 to £1,720, which is £72 cheaper than the national average.
Meanwhile, the cost of a cremation remains unchanged at £640, which is £113 cheaper than the UK national average.
Across the south east, prices have shot up by an average of 4.5% for cremation fees and 4.8% for burial fees.
James Dunn, co-founder of Funeralbooker, says: “These price hikes are the ultimate stealth tax, going completely unnoticed by families until their moment of need. But with such significant price differences now appearing across the region, many will be questioning whether these fees genuinely reflect the service they are getting or are simply down to opportunistic greed.
“Cremation is the cheapest option, but affordability is of growing concern. In some parts of the South East, privately-owned crematoria are close to breaking the £1,000 barrier and are listed as the most expensive in the UK - the danger is that others will raise their fees to follow suit. If these costs continue to climb, families will struggle and we will see funerals causing even greater hardship and stress.
“Disbursements, or cremation and burial fees, are almost entirely unavoidable, but families can protect themselves by planning ahead. If meeting the cost of a funeral would be a struggle then it might be worth taking out a pre-paid funeral plan, which will guarantee to meet your funeral director’s fees and will help meet the costs of disbursements. It’s also worth remembering that independent funeral directors typically offer better value-for-money and a more personal service than the big chains, so it’s definitely worth going online to shop around.”