Cremation ashes going unclaimed


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Across the country, ashes of loved ones are going uncollected. A recent story from the BBC claims that one funeral director in Southampton is in possession of more than 400 unclaimed urns – some dating back almost 40 years.*

With cremation now the most popular funeral choice in many countries, funeral directors everywhere fear the number of families holding back on claiming the ashes of their loved ones will grow.

One reason cited by many funeral directors for uncollected urns is the sadness and sense of loss we experience when someone close passes away. For many people, bereavement is very hard to accept and the trip to the funeral director to collect the ashes is a confirmation too far. This is especially true after the stress of organising and attending the funeral service.

A pre-paid funeral plan from Avalon can reduce this stress. It will take the pain of organising and financing a funeral away from those you leave behind, giving them time to come to terms with their loss.

Every detail is meticulously planned, so you’ll get the send-off you want. You’ll also be able to set out what you want done with your ashes if you choose to be cremated.

Our pre-paid funeral plans are available to customers in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.

You can purchase these plans in full with a single payment. Alternatively, choose between monthly instalments over a period of up to 10 years or fixed monthly payment, until the policy anniversary prior to your 90th birthday or death, if earlier.

*Source: BBC News


About the author

With a Masters from the University of Bristol, Jessica Hanson has worked in the funeral sector for several years, following the latest industry trends and writing about end of life planning. Jessica has previously written as a blogger for the Huffington Post, covering topics such as death positivity, understanding grief and how funerals are changing. You can find Jessica on LinkedIn and Twitter.