Why I put a Funeral Plan in place…

Why I put a Funeral Plan
in place...

This week, in an attempt to get planning the ‘grown-up’ things from the ever-growing to-do list, we are focusing on Funeral Plans. So, I thought it may be easier for me to share with you, why I have decided to put my Funeral Plan in place…

I’ve recently turned 40 and have no plans to go anywhere any time soon, but we never know when our time is up. I have two sons and adore them both equally, but they are still young and both, in the nicest way possible, useless at organising anything (if it’s not for their benefit ;))

When my time is up, one of my boys will need to take control and plan my funeral. There are so many considerations when arranging a funeral, such as:

  • which Funeral Directors to use?
  • burial or cremation?
  • location?
  • transport?
  • viewings of the body?
  • Religious or humanist service?
  • what hymns and/or songs would you like played?
  • order of service?
  • obituary / readings?
  • flowers?
  • charitable donations?

Not only is this quite overwhelming, it may well be the case that they are unaware of what my wishes are and why would they?

This is not a conversation that most of us have, especially with our children, so they may be left guessing at what I would have wanted and this could cause disagreements between them that could have lasting effects.

I don’t want to put that emotional burden on my boys

So, who pays for it all too?

“Surely we’ll just go to dad’s bank and get the money out from there?”

It may not be that simple. Depending on the bank they may not release any funds until probate has been carried out – this could take anywhere between 6-12 months. There also may not be enough money in my bank at the time, so how do they pay for it? My children, or a loved one will need to stump up the money themselves, and unfortunately, the cost of a funeral runs into the thousands (£££!!!) (with funeral costs having risen 122% since 2004! – Cost of Dying Report – 2018 ).

I don’t want to put that financial burden on my boys

So, this is why I put a funeral plan in place.

We are linked to one of the most reputable pre-paid funeral providers in the country, so I knew everything I needed to know already. I took the option of the low cost monthly instalments and I barely notice it coming out of my bank account. All my wishes are listed, including my preferred funeral director and now, when the time comes, all my sons need to do is make one phone call to activate the plan.

The plan is locked in at the price of when I took the plan out as the money I pay is invested in unit trusts and bonds and is guaranteed to cover the cost of the funeral directors services.

For me personally, it’s one of the most valuable services we provide as we often plan for the future with Life Insurance, Wills and planning for Inheritance Tax but when the time comes, the funeral is the first thing that needs to be sorted and paid for.

We offer free consultations, lots of free information in articles, FAQs and videos on our website, so if you would like to chat more about saving your loved ones form the emotional and financial burden, please do get in touch.

If you would like more information or to discuss putting a funeral plan in place, call us on 01727 865 121 or email us at info@TotalLegacyCare.co.uk for a free, relaxed and considerate discussion on how we can help

Neil Barras-Smith

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