A well drafted Will usually addresses your funeral wishes: whether you would like to be buried or cremated; whether a religious or humanist funeral is appropriate; and where you would like to be interred or have your ashes scattered.
But how do you ensure that your wishes are respected and, more importantly, paid for when the time comes?
The answer is to consider purchasing a pre-paid funeral plan.
Whilst few of us relish contemplating our mortality in such detail, leaving a clear set of wishes and preferences for loved ones to follow can greatly reduce the emotional burden on the bereaved. Family and friends are often faced with the task of arranging a funeral, at short notice, at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.
But across the UK, less than half of us have made any financial provision for our deaths or even discussed our wishes with loved ones.
Although it may be a difficult conversation to contemplate, discussing preparations for your death can be a way of sharing the final steps in your life with your loved ones, and supporting them when they transition into a new life without you there.
Knowing that you have provided for your passing can be of comfort both to you and to your family – you know that you have made the proper arrangements, and they know your final wishes and that you have made arrangements to spare them the burden of doing so.