Planning your own funeral
Death can still be a very uncomfortable subject to talk about. Many of us will squirm away from the conversation, but more and more people are opting to plan their own funeral for when the inevitable happens.
Although none of us wish to think of this event – by being prepared and knowing what sort of send off you’d like it will help your friends and family to prepare – which in the long run, will also spread the cost financially and may help your family deal with things emotionally if they know they have met your wishes.
Choosing a pre-paid funeral plan with a company such as Heart of England Funeral Care means you can pay in towards the cost of your funeral in advance and record every detail of how you would like your send-off to be.
Things you may consider when planning your funeral will be:
- The type of service – cremation or burial?
- Transport – Traditionally a hearse will transport the coffin, some of the family choose to follow in limousines or others may prefer the grandeur of a horse and carriage.
- Selecting a coffin – there are lots of choices from the classic style to eco-friendly wicker.
- Flowers and donations – some people request no flowers and prefer that people donate to a charity.
- Eulogy – a family member or friend may write a speech to be read out at the service. This can either be read by them or by the person conducting the service.
- Music – some may opt for hymns or classical music others may choose their favourite pop or rock song.
- Catering – many have a small gathering at the family home with a buffet whilst others may want a full on feast in a hired venue with plenty to drink and celebrate the life of the dearly departed.
Taking all of this into consideration, you can see why a pre-paid funeral plan is a good idea. Bearing in mind that a basic funeral can cost around £4,000 and even over £9,000 depending on the type of funeral you want. There are a wide choice of Funeral Plans and payment options, whether you want a burial or cremation.
To make things affordable as possible you can choose to pay in one single payment or by spreading the cost over a set period of 12, 24, 36, 60 or 120 months.
Not only does a funeral plan protect your loved ones from the difficult responsibility of arranging your funeral, but it also protects them financially. Many families struggle with the expense of a loved ones’ funeral and it can be financially devastating for some.
So, whether you want a minimal, fuss-free send off or a large celebration of your life with all of the extras – putting money away now will help everybody have some peace of mind.
Posted by: Sarah Dixon | Posted on: May 27, 2021 | Posted in: HEALTH & WELLBEING