Funeral directors explain why they’ve signed the Fair Funerals campaign’s extended pledge.
Funeral prices are rising fast, above the national rate of inflation. Many funeral directors are striving to keep costs down by offering yet dignified options at a lower rate (see our “direct cremation” (LINK) and “simple choice” (LINK). The Fair Funerals Pledge launched in June 2015. It asked funeral directors to be open about prices and to help families to find funerals that suited their budgets. It was run by anti-poverty charity Quaker Social Action and part of a larger campaign to tackle funeral poverty. The original pledge attracted 560 signatories, which the organisation estimated as around 15% of the funeral profession.
The Extended Pledge
In July 2016, the Fair Funerals campaign announced the launch of their new, updated pledge. It aims to encourage firms to firmly display their prices online. Heather Kennedy, Fair Funerals campaign manager, said “We are calling on funeral directors to sign our extended Fair Funerals pledge and put their prices on their websites, because it can really help people struggling with money find a funeral they can afford.Lots of independent funeral directors have been doing this for a while, and they should be applauded for leading the way in online price transparancy. We have seen a real enthusiasm from small companies to do what they can to help people on low incomes find funerals that are within their means”.
Lel and Sarah proudly signed the pledge in June 2015 and are committed to the following areas:
- To recognise that funerals can be expensive and many people struggle with cost
- To help people to find funerals that are within their means
- To be open about their most affordable options, including their party costs in initial converations, within their price lists and on their websites.
For more information of the pledge or the work of Fair Funerals please visit their website www.fairfuneralscampaign.org.uk