Cost of death rocketing in North East: How much burials and cremations cost in your area

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Grieving families are facing increasing costs as figures show the average funeral in the North East has risen to £3,624 – a 3.7% rise in one year.

The most expensive areas for burial are in the Durham North, Durham Central and Bishop Auckland areas, costing on average £4,300. Hartlepool is the cheapest at £3,490.

Conversely, Durham Central is the cheapest location in the region for a cremation, at £3,239, while Birtley and Gateshead are the most expensive places for a cremation in the region, costing an average of £3,363.

Despite the rise, the North East remains one of the cheapest areas in England for average funeral costs, just ahead of the East Midlands and South West England.

The figures were supplied by the Royal London National Funeral Cost Index surveys:

Scroll down to see how North East areas and regions compare:

How much do burials and cremations cost in your area?

Birtley

Burial: £3,836

Cremation: £3,363

Bishop Auckland

Burial: £4,300

Cremation: £3,310

Blyth

Burial: £3,750

Cremation: £3,301

Darlington

Burial: £3,740

Cremation: £3,326

Durham Central

Burial: £4,300

Cremation: £3,239

Durham North

Burial: £4,300

Cremation: £3,259

Gateshead

Burial: £3,836

Cremation: £3,363

Hartlepool

Burial: £3,490

Cremation: £3,299

Middlesbrough

Burial: £3,750

Cremation: £3,253

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Burial: £4,147

Cremation £3,335

South Shields

Burial: £4,147

Cremation: £3,335

Sunderland

Burial: £3,892

Cremation: £3,255

Tynemouth

Burial: £3,857

Cremation: £3,322

Whitley Bay

Burial: £3,857

Cremation: £3,322

Average funeral costs in UK regions – ranked by average 2015 cost

London

Average 2014: £4,234

Average 2015: £4,402

West Midlands

Average 2014: £3,736

Average 2015: £3,903

Yorkshire & Humberside

Average 2014: £3,559

Average 2015: £3,716

East of England

Average 2014: £3,516

Average 2015: £3,668

South East England

Average 2014: £3,534

Average 2015: £3,654

North West England

Average 2014: £3,498

Average 2015: £3,651

North East England

Average 2014: £3,495

Average 2015: £3,624

East Midlands

Average 2014: £3,395

Average 2015: £3,540

South West England

Average 2014: £3,416

Average 2015: £3,536