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Planning your own funeral

 

Every year in May, Dying Matters host an awareness week. As a charity, Dying Matters are committed to breaking down the barriers of talking about dying, death and bereavement. This year the theme of the awareness week is Are We Ready? Are We Ready for our own death, or the deaths of those close to us? This question can have emotional and spiritual meaning, but also refers to practical preparations such as wills, paying and planning your own funeral, funeral wishes and even end of life care.

Many people find it difficult to talk to their family about their death, but by not doing so may only make it harder for those left behind. It can be especially important to plan your own funeral or discuss your funeral wishes if you have specific requests.

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to plan your own funeral is with a Simplicity Cremations Prepaid Funeral Plan.

 

Why should I plan my own funeral?

There are a number of reasons you should plan your own funeral. Planning, and paying for your funeral in advance not only relieves your family of the financial burden of paying for your funeral when the time comes, but also makes what will inevitably be an emotional time that little bit easier. Arranging the funeral of a loved one is a common cause of conflict between family members, particularly when there is uncertainty over what you would have wanted. Putting plans in place for your funeral can not only help relieve this stress, but it also ensures your wishes are honoured when the time comes. 

Many people leave wishes for their funeral in their will in the hope this will be enough. Unfortunately, in many cases, the will is not read until after the funeral, so it's really important to share your wishes with your family before the time comes. 

 

How can I pay for my funeral in advance?

There are a number of ways of paying for your funeral in advance, the most common ways include:

- Funeral plans - A funeral plan can typically be paid in a lump sum or across a number of instalments. The services the funeral plan covers will vary, so you should do your research before choosing a funeral plan provider. The main advantage of a funeral plan is that once you have purchased a plan, you are protected against any future increases in funeral prices.

- Funeral insurance also referred to as ‘over 50s plans’ – this is an insurance policy that will pay out a fixed sum towards the cost of your funeral when you die. These policies often offer poor value for money. You have to pay the premiums until you die, so some people end up paying more in monthly premiums than the fixed sum that is paid out at the time of their death.

- Savings accounts - you can make preparations to cover the cost of your funeral without taking out funeral insurance or a funeral plan. You could leave money in a savings account and let your solicitor and next of kin know that the money is intended to cover your funeral expenses. However, there is no guarantee that the money you have saved will have grown to cover the cost of a funeral when the time comes.

The overall cost of your funeral will very much depend on the choices you make and whether you’d like something extravagant or something a little simpler as well as the time at which you pass away, as funeral costs may rise between now and then.

 

Choose a funeral plan

So you've decided you'd like to purchase a funeral plan. The next step to planning your own funeral is to decide if you’d like to be buried or cremated. If cremation is the answer, we can help.

At Simplicity, we give you greater choice and flexibility in the way your loved ones remember your life. We don’t want to take away the remembrance that a traditional funeral can offer, but we do believe there is an alternative, less expensive way; a way that does not require expensive elements such as a hearse and limousines or a team of pallbearers.

You can select a prepaid cremation plan based on the number of people you’d like to attend your funeral, including a direct cremation without any mourners present, a small funeral for just a few close friends and family or a full-length service for an unlimited number of attendees.

Our funeral plans start at £1,495 and cover all of the necessary elements of a simple cremation, including cremation fees, a simple coffin, transport in our specialist vehicles, and most importantly, care in our quality mortuary facilities until the day of the cremation.

As long as you aged 50 or over, you are guaranteed to be accepted for a Simplicity Cremations Prepaid Funeral Plan.

View our funeral prices page for more information on the funeral plans we offer.

 

Plan your funeral service

What happens at your funeral is completely up to you. If you choose a funeral plan with includes time at the crematorium for a service or ceremony, such as the Orchid Plan, you should think about how you’d like the ceremony to be.

We’ve listed a few considerations:

- Who would you like to lead the service? A family member, a religious leader or celebrant?
- Are they any poems, readings or prayers you want?
- Is there a specific family member or friend you would like to do a eulogy or reading?
- What music or hymns would you like played?
- What would you like attendees to wear? Is there a specific colour?
- Would you like a wake after the service? Or even a memorial?
- Would you like floral tributes or charitable donations, if so, which charity?

Even if you haven’t selected an attended funeral plan, your family will have the opportunity to make additional arrangements when the time comes. Perhaps you chose a direct cremation plan because you’d like a celebration of life or memorial service at a time and place away from the crematorium.

 

Make your funeral wishes known

When you take out a funeral plan with us, we’ll send you a Planholder’s pack along with a Funeral Executor pack. We’d recommend you share this pack with them so they have all of the information to hand as when you die, whoever you’ve appointed Executor will need to notify us so we can begin to make arrangements for your funeral.

It’s important to talk to those closest to you about your decision to purchase a Prepaid Funeral Plan. Many people find it difficult to understand why anyone you would want to think about their own funeral, so they might find it easier if you explain exactly why you have made the decision.

If you have selected the Orchid plan, you may also want to write down and share your wishes for your funeral service.

One final to consider is if you’d like your ashes to be kept or scattered.  If you’d like your ashes scattered, is there a special place? Or would you like your family to make this decision for you?

 

Not ready to purchase a prepaid funeral plan?

If you’re interested in planning your own funeral, but not ready to purchase a funeral plan yet, our share your wishes form might be for you.

 

There are three ways you can apply for a Simplicity Cremations Prepaid Funeral Plan; buy online, call us on 0800 484 0531 or request a brochure today.

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