Traditional funeral figures vary across UK

Traditional funerals

Where people live in the UK has a surprising influence on how likely they are to opt for a traditional funeral, according to new research.

Online pollster YouGov has found that people in Scotland are twice as likely to choose non-traditional funeral options compared to the UK average. Around one fifth of Scottish people said they would prefer a civil ceremony, and a similar number showed an interest in humanist funeral, while only a tenth want a full religious service.

A fall in the number of people identifying as Christian, the rising interest in green funerals, and spiralling funeral costs are all likely contributors to the figures.

YouGov polled around 2,000 people online during its research, which was commissioned by the NAFD in advance of Dying Matters Awareness Week (9-15 May).

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