So you are dead. Now what?
Planning and arranging someone’s funeral is never a pleasant experience. More often than not, it has to be done because a family member has died – unexpectedly. So the experience is a bit of a panic on top of the stress. And, shopping around for a good deal is time consuming. In contrast to that, planning your own funeral, can sound positively morbid. In Europe though, they take it in their stride to pre-arrange things. It’s just part of a life. Death is a fact of life. People do die sooner or later. And most people will have a funeral to mourn their passing and celebrate their life. Whether they are religious or not. And peoples’ attitudes are biased to an increasing number, wanting to have a say in how they are remembered.
The problem is, that a lot of people express these desires as part of casual conversation, many years before they die. It leaves loved ones struggling to remember what it was they wanted. Therefore by taking a leaf from the European book and pre-arrange, is one reason why funeral plans are becoming popular.
What Is A Funeral Plan?
A funeral plan is a personal arrangement usually included with writing the Will. It is made ready to be ready with the Will. It sets out what you would like your funeral style to be. Religious. Non-religious. Whatever send-off you would like is available. There is lots to choose from. So use this information as an introduction only.
The application is arranged just like the funeral for a family member, except it is for yourself. It guides you through what you would want. Cremated? Buried? Style of ceremony? Humanist? Religious? You can plan every detail including the music, the readings you would like, and who you want to speak the eulogy for you. This means that as well as your wishes honoured, it takes a lot of stress away from the family member, who would do all this arranging, as they mourn your loss.
The advantage of the funeral plan
One of the other benefits of pre-arranging your funeral is cost saving. A typical funeral ( 2019 rates), with burial is around £4,136; whereas a funeral with cremation is about £3,214. And in addition there may be headstones and plot costs etc. This is a hefty sum of money for most to find, suddenly. A deceased’s bank accounts are closed upon their death, we call this ( the “frozen bank account syndrome” ). So money from the deceased with which to pay the funeral director etc. is not available and will need to come from others, to be refunded later, perhaps.
The advantage of the pre-arranged and pre-paid plan is that takes care of this and makes the whole process smooth and stress-free. In addition, once the plan has been paid for, no matter how long it is till you die; there is no more to pay to account for price inflation.
At Edmunds and Eve, we understand that your funeral should be a reflection of how you lived your life. So whatever that is, we will help you make it a reality. Our experts will guide you through the application and plan features from start to finish and help you create your ideal funeral. It will be as unique as the person it is celebrating, and we are dedicated to helping you ensure that your funeral isn’t just another template service.