Funeral costs are 'a postcode lottery'
21 January 2014 Last updated at 09:43 GMT
The University of Bath's Kate Woodthorpe has told the Today programme funeral costs are "a postcode lottery".
She explained that while the average cost of a funeral stands at £3,500, the price is much higher in London.
Ms Woodthorpe also said there was a lack of "engagement" on the issue, leading to an increasing demand for public health funerals.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 21 January 2014.