Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Kate Woodthorpe in the media with 2013 'Cost of Dying' report

Wed Sep 04 16:01:00 BST 2013

This year's 'Cost of Dying' report focuses on the problems faced by people over the age of 60 when faced with financial shocks.  The research found that those people already struggling financially with day to day expenditure have no reserves to draw on when faced with ever increasing funeral costs. 

Dr Kate Woodthorpe has been speaking to the media today about the findings of this research, which has been funded by SunLife Direct.

Listen again (selected):

BBC Radio Bristol 04.09.13

BBC Radio London 04.09.13

BBC Radio Humberside 04.09.13

Sky News Radio 04.09.13

BBC Radio Cornwall 23.09.13


Links to further information  

Read more about this research project on our research pages

Read the Cost of Dying report in full at the SunLife Direct website

View the University of Bath press release and links to online and print media

Information about the research at the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath

CDAS research 2012, 'Affording a Funeral'



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Inadequate financial help, complex processes, raging funeral inflation, and lack of transparency all mean that funerals are increasingly unaffordable for many people and the situation cries out for a National Review of Death and Disposal. Answers need to be found as to how we help people from all backgrounds provide for death and disposal in the UK. With such a diverse population, with different living situations and life experiences, we need an equally diverse range of solutions to help people manage their money in later life. One size doesn’t fit all.
The Cost of Dying 2013