Families having to step in to help fund funerals

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Families are having to step in and fund funerals because people do not leave enough money to cover the cost, research has found.

A survey of 1,100 adults by the Co-op Funeralcare showed that almost one in five were unexpectedly left to cover most of the cost of a funeral, which averages £3,800.

Most used savings of family and friends of the person who has passed away, with one in 20 applying to the Government's Social Fund.

Richard Lancaster, managing director of Co-op Funeralcare, said: "The end of our lives isn't an easy thing to think about and as a result thousands of families are being left with a legacy of financial as well as emotional grief following a loss."