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Ashley Shepherd is the founder and managing director at Over50choices. With over 30 years’ experience in financial services, he has held senior roles in building societies, banks and insurance companies.

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Are Funeral Plans better than Over 50s Life Insurance? Image
03rd Oct 2021

Are Funeral Plans better than Over 50s Life Insurance?

Is a prepaid funeral plan or over 50 life insurance better for you? We compare the two, to help you decide. Read on and get a quote for both options.

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01st Oct 2021

Choosing a funeral plan for your parents

Are you helping your parent choose a prepaid funeral plan? Single of joint funeral plans are available. Find out mroe and get a quote today.

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14th Jul 2021

Joint Funeral Plans a Cheaper Way to Prepay

Are you aware of your options when it comes to joint funeral plans? They may save you money.

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15th May 2021

What is the nearest crematorium to me

When arranging a funeral you have the flexibility to choose any UK crematorium, regardless of whether it’s privately owned or run by the council

Is there a Saga Funeral Plan? Image
18th Feb 2021

Is there a Saga Funeral Plan?

Saga is well known for providing information, products and of course holidays for the over 50s but as yet they do not offer Saga Funeral Plans.

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09th Nov 2020

What to write on a sympathy card

Writing a sympathy card isn’t easy. Naturally, you worry about saying the wrong thing, and upsetting our friend or relation at an already difficult time. Feeling this way is perfectly normal, but even the briefest message can mean a lot and comfort the bereaved person, so it's always worth making the effort.

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22nd Oct 2020

How does the cremation process work in the UK?

Little is known about the cremation process. Myths surrounding multiple cremations and recycled coffins are all common place, however the truth about cremation is somewhat different

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20th Jan 2020

What is the cost of dying in the UK in 2020?

The cost of dying in the UK is now £9,493; an increase of 62% over the last decade. According to the Sunlife Cost of Dying report 2020, this increase which includes funeral expenses, professional fees and ‘send-off’ costs is slowing, however worryingly is still financially beyond many peoples reach.

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02nd Dec 2019

Bereavement services in the UK

Find out more about bereavement services and the support available near you. Including whether you are entitled to any cash allowances

What does the Funeral Planning Authority do? Image
26th Aug 2019

What does the Funeral Planning Authority do?

Prepaid funeral plans are regulated by the FCA but by the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA).

The Problem with Pay Now, Die Later: Funerals Uncovered TV Programme Image
12th Oct 2018

The Problem with Pay Now, Die Later: Funerals Uncovered TV Programme

Frustration at the lazy, one sided, sensationalised way the documentary was filmed and sadness that this blatant scaremongering will now put some viewers off pre-arranging their funeral services with a funeral plan.

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06th Sep 2018

Royal London National Funeral Cost Index Report 2018

The annual Royal London National Funeral Cost Index Report for 2018 has just been released and as usual makes interesting reading.

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