Research by Sun Life has seen the cost of a basic funeral rise by more than 9% in a year to £4,417, burial fees have been the cause of the rise in some areas.
Regions that saw the biggest increase are:
The cost of dying including flowers and professional fees can now amount to £9,493.
A full enquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into this sector will take place as they are concerned that funeral directors find it easy to charge high prices to grieving families and families find it hard to shop around.
A Cost of a Basic funeral:
SunLife have been tracking funeral costs since 2004 and in the last decade they have risen by 65%. London being the most expensive as an average funeral could cost around £5,693
Costs such as flowers, venue hire, catering and limousine hire can raise the amount even more.
Some people have opted for direct cremation where there is no service and the remains are returned to the loved ones to be scattered or kept and a ceremony arranged later.
Paying for a funeral in advance tips: