Most Irish people feel we should be open about discussing death with our family 2 months ago

Most Irish people feel we should be open about discussing death with our family

Do you discuss death with your children?

Nearly three-quarters of people (73 per cent) feel we need to be more open about discussing death and funeral arrangements.

The report also shows that nearly the same proportion of people think it is important to be financially prepared for funeral costs.

The results, which reveal key insights into people’s attitudes towards funeral arrangements and costs in Ireland, also show that despite 73 per cent saying it’s important to be financially prepared for a funeral, only one third (31 per cent) feel that they are well prepared in terms of planning their own funeral and how the costs will be paid.

In addition, 43 per cent said they worry about the prospect of leaving unwanted funeral expenses behind for loved ones.

Meanwhile, when it comes to choosing between cremation and burial, the report shows that those aged between 18 and 24 were least likely to choose cremation (33 per cent) while those aged over 65 were most likely (53 per cent).

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Interestingly, nearly one in three were unable to estimate average funeral costs in Ireland, most likely due to the fact that 84 per cent have not organised or paid for a funeral in Ireland in the last five years.

With the average cost of a funeral coming in at just under €6,000, the estimated costs were slightly over-evaluated by those who haven’t paid or organised a funeral in recent times.

The figures also show that cremation is growing in popularity, with 46 per cent of people stating that they would favour cremation over burial at their time of death.

Those aged between 18 and 24 were least likely to choose cremation (33 per cent) while those aged over 65 were most likely (53 per cent).

Commenting on the findings, Gary Finnerty, Head of Marketing with An Post Insurance, said:

“It’s encouraging to hear that so many people feel we need to be more open about discussing death and funeral arrangements. While it may seem insensitive to some, pre-planning your own funeral can take some of the burdens off loved ones at a difficult time while ensuring you get exactly the funeral you want.

We’re keen to help people understand that a funeral insurance product is a simple way to help prepare financially for the cost - or part of the cost - of your funeral. By taking out this policy, you can ensure that you leave your loved ones some money to take care of the cost of your funeral - or for other expenses.”

What do you think? Do you discuss death within your own family?