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Funeral poverty: one woman’s battle to pay for her son’s burial

One suddenly bereaved mother, already in debt, has to find thousands of pounds to pay for her son’s funeral. The funeral business is an unregulated industry, with providers criticised for taking advantage of vulnerable, grieving families, who can then feel obliged to pay large sums of money for an appropriate goodbye. Across the UK the average funeral cost stands at £4,271, having risen 122% since 2004. The Guardian’s Richard Sprenger reports
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