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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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04th Jun 2022

Direct cremation frequently asked questions

We answer all of your direct cremation questions. The simple cremation that is growing in popularity. Start your research here.

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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

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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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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

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15th Mar 2018

How do I cope with grief?

The death of someone close to us typically releases very personal emotions. Coping with grief is likely to vary considerably from one person to another and from one time to another.

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17th May 2017

How much does it cost to buy a burial plot?

Burial plots in the UK vary considerably in price depending on where you live. Whether the plot is for ashes or a coffin it's worth looking at whether you can pre-purchase a plot at today's prices.

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26th Apr 2017

Are cremation funerals cheaper than burial funerals?

Is it cheaper to be buried or cremated? Even the cheapest burial is likely to be more expensive than a cremation, but all depends on where you like in the UK.

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19th Sep 2016

My partner has just died; how do I know if they had a funeral plan in place?

Our advice is to talk about end of life planning with your relatives and tell them what type of funeral you want

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