“It may not be the stuff of great pub conversations, granted. But there’s a real need for people to start talking a bit more frankly and openly about death, funerals and any wishes they might have for their final farewell.
Unless we talk a bit more candidly about what we’d like to see and hear at our send-off, there’s a real chance that we take these wishes, quite literally, to the grave. (And did you want to be buried by the way?)
Maybe that doesn’t matter. If we’re not here, then what’s the worry? Well, it’s often not quite as simple as that.
I know from personal experience that people who pass away without making plans for their funeral – even if just verbally, leave other people who have to make a host of difficult decisions at a time when they have suffered great loss.
There’s been much talk recently of funeral poverty and the financial burden that has to be met by the surviving loved ones, as they seek to provide the dignified, respectful funeral they would like. And we’re working hard at Funeralcare to ease this financial burden.
Much less is said of the emotional burden of planning a funeral when you’re in the dark about the wishes of the deceased.
That’s why I think there is much to commend funeral prepayment plans. Ours protect you and your loved ones from the future price rises of funerals (which have almost doubled in the last decade) and allow you to do things exactly the way you want, so that your loved ones are not second guessing.
I’d love to hear what you think. Is a funeral prepayment plan for you? And if not, why not?”
Jamie Parker, Funeralcare Insight Manager