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Death in the UK - statistics & facts

In 2018, there were just over 616 thousand deaths in the United Kingdom, the most deaths in a single year between 2000 and 2018. Although the death rate in the UK fell from 10.4 deaths per 1,000 people in 2000 to 8.7 in 2011, it has increased in the intervening years, and reached a rate of 9.3 by 2018. Hospitals were the most common location of deaths in England and Wales in 2018, with just under 250 thousand taking place there, a further 128 thousand taking place in homes, and 119 thousand in care homes.

Coronavirus tragedy

Between 2015 and 2020, the month with the most deaths in England and Wales was April 2020, which saw over 88 thousand deaths recorded, almost double the number of deaths in April 2019, and 24 thousand more than recorded in January 2018, the second-deadliest month in this time period. This tragic figure was due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which first hit the UK in late January 2020. Although the UK had some respite from the virus initially, the number of cases began to rise dramatically by March 2020, resulting in a lockdown in large parts of UK society. The subsequent social distancing that took place certainly helped the National Health Service (NHS) prevent an even bigger disaster, but the virus had already taken hold. From the last week of March onwards, the weekly number of deaths in England and Wales started to exceed the corresponding weeks between 2014 and 2019, at first by one thousand, then by six thousand, and then eight thousand. Between April 10 and April 24, there were over 23 thousand excess deaths in England and Wales, or almost 12 thousand excess deaths per week. By the week ending on June 19, 2020, the number of excess deaths in England and Wales finally dropped below the five-year average, an important milestone in the fight against the virus.

Funeral costs

In 2019, the average cost of dying in the United Kingdom was approximately 9.5 thousand British pounds, an increase of around 2.8 thousand British pounds when compared with 2008. When these costs are broken down by category, around 2.7 thousand pounds is spent on funeral director's fees, with other costs including catering at 408 British pounds and flowers at 184 British pounds, among many other expenses. No matter where funerals take place in the UK, burials are more expensive than cremations, with the average burial costing just under 1.7 thousand British pounds, and the average cremation costing around 823 British pounds.

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