It’s not a subject we like to think about, but writing your funeral wishes lets your loved ones know what you would like, as well as what you wouldn’t like, at your funeral.
They allow you to detail things like your religious or spiritual beliefs, whether you wish to be buried or cremated, your preference as to how you would like to be dressed, if you would like flowers and your choice of coffin; amongst other things.
The Digital Estate Plan Portal has a great tool which helps you make your Funeral Wishes. It will ask you a series of questions while giving you information and advice as you go along. At the end of quiz it will produce a Memorandum of Wishes, which can be added to your Will and kept with your other important documents, so that your loved ones can access them if something were to happen to you.
5 Reason to Pre-Plan Your Funeral
- Your family will know your wishes
Sadly many families experience disputes and hard feelings when arranging a loved one’s unexpected funeral. Memories of the loved one’s wishes sometimes contradict each other and disagreements can easily arise. Such infighting and disunity can drive bitter emotions and damage the healing process. By making your plans now, your loved ones will know you were remembered as you wanted to be.
- Urgent decisions are made now
Did you know that often more than 150 decisions and tasks must be completed within the first 24hours to 48hours after an individual’s passing? By arranging your final wishes ahead of time, you can ensure that your loved ones don’t have to wrestle over those details and decisions during their time of emotional upheaval. The ability to know everything is taken care of will allow proper remembrance and the first steps of healing.
- Peace of mind
All your arrangements are guaranteed and will be carried out just as you have directed. You and your family can feel comfortable that although you won’t need the plans for years to come, when they are needed, they will be available and taken care of. Your executors will receive full technical support to carry out the process of probate. There is an immense peace of mind in knowing your wishes will be carried out as you designed them, meaning those you care about will be able to remember you as you want them to.
- Rising costs addressed
As with nearly all products and services, inflation drives the cost of funerals up yearly. Pre-planning and prepaying your final wishes generally ensures that your funeral is completely paid for – at today’s prices. While many people assume savings or life insurance will cover their final expenses, funerals must be paid for upfront, while many life insurance policies or bank accounts aren’t accessible to families until well after the funeral service. By prepaying, your family isn’t left to decide who will pay for the funeral.
- Prevent additional stress
Your family will be under an enormous amount of stress when you pass away. A personal Bereavement Support Adviser will complete the online probate on behalf of your executor, which will also give regular progress reports keeping them fully informed throughout the whole process. You can ease at least a little bit of it by making sure all your affairs are in order before you die.
A pre-paid funeral plan is one way to plan ahead and beat increases in funeral costs. Most plans will guarantee to cover the directors costs for arranging and conducting the funeral, but may not include additional costs such as burial or cremation fees.
The sooner you lock in the price, the more money you are likely to save; it makes financial sense to purchase a plan a today’s prices*.
*Exactly how much of the costs are covered will depend on which plan and provider you choose.
Typical Plans Include:
- Funeral directors professional service
- Advice on registration, documentation and certification of death
- Local removal from place of death to the funeral directors premises (within 20 miles)
- Care of the deceased prior to the funeral
- Standard oak wood veneer coffin
- Attendance of 4 bearers on the day of the funeral
- Provision of a hearse for the service at the crematorium / cemetery
- Full listing of floral tribute
- Use of Chapel of Rest (during office hours)
Typical Optional Extras:
- Disbursements – this covers Minister, Doctor and crematorium / cemetery fees
- Limousine for the service at crematorium / cemetery
- Higher quality coffin
- Bereavement counselling
- 24 hour telephone support
- An allowance for third party costs
We don’t do Funeral Plans but we have teamed up with one of our Trusted Partners who do! Contact us for more information about the type of plans available to you.