19 / 08 / 20

In the news: COVID-19 sees rise in crowdfunded funerals

A recent Sky News article has shone a light on the trouble that families are facing when faced with unexpected deaths as a result of COVID-19.

The article discusses the story of Lee Dillon, who was faced with the incredibly sad passing of his father at the age of just 53. Lee had been placed on furlough due to the ongoing pandemic, and the grief of losing his father was only worsened by the worry of how to afford the funeral.

“I literally didn’t know what I was going to do – pawn tellies, phones, anything really, sell the clothes off my back. I want to give my dad the best send-off we possibly can.”

Reading on through the article we were delighted to learn that Lee and his partner Chelsea surpassed their Crowdfunder target within days of setting up the campaign, but the surge in crowdfunded funerals is an unfortunate and sad representation of a wider problem in the United Kingdom.

While no one could have predicted the COVID-19 situation we now find ourselves in across the world, the fact is that just 210,000 people take out a funeral plan in the United Kingdom each year. The increase in unexpected deaths has left family members debted, finding ways to fund the funeral director, coffin, burial or cremation and in some cases a doctor.

Our duty at Prosperous Life is to continue to fly the flag for prepaid funeral plans, saving families the worry of having to arrange, and often pay for the technicalities and arrangements at incredibly short notice.

Our condolences go out to Lee and his family, and all who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic this year.

– Prosperous Life

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