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Having your funeral wishes recorded one way or another will also give you peace of mind that your final farewell will be how you want it to be - especially if you have specific wishes in mind.
Continue reading this guide as we look at these 3 different ways you can record your funeral wishes...
A prepaid funeral plan is a practical way of ensuring that your funeral wishes will be met when the time comes.
There are a choice of funeral plans varying in cost and level of service so that you can choose one to suit your wishes and budget.
A typical funeral plan includes the following services for your funeral:
Funeral plans arranged through Reassured cost from as little as £19.11* a month.
All plans arranged through us are approved by the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA), so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.
Reassured has arranged prepaid funeral plans for more than 17,000 customers and we have many years of experience providing an award-winning broker service.
If you’re not ready to take out a funeral plan just yet, then recording your funeral wishes online could be the next best thing.
Here are the main online funeral wishes tools available in 2022^^:
1. SunLife & Dying Matters - My Perfect Send-off
My Perfect Send-off, set up by the insurer SunLife and the Dying Matters charity, is a simple online questionnaire that can be completed in a matter of minutes.
2. My Wishes - Funeral Planning Software
The Funeral Planning Software from My Wishes is a straight-forward online software tool that allows you to record your funeral wishes, plus more.
Website link: https://www.mywishes.co.uk/funeral-wishes
3. My Last Request
My Last Request is an independent service set up by a legal company to help people record their funeral wishes.
Website link: https://mylastrequest.co.uk/
^£24.95 fee allows you to make changes to your My Last Request account for up to 5 years.
4. Legacy of Lives - Funeral Wishes Plan
The Funeral Wishes Plan set up by Legacy of Lives allows you to record your funeral wishes with handy tips and guides to help you complete the forms.
Website link: https://www.legacyoflives.com/
There are plenty of free funeral wishes templates available online that can be filled in and printed off at your leisure.
Here are some good examples:
Most funeral plan providers offer free funeral wishes templates too, enabling you to record your wishes before you’re ready to commit to the cost of a funeral plan through them.
One disadvantage of using a printable funeral wishes template is that if your funeral wishes change at any point, you may need to print off and fill in the template again.
When writing your funeral wishes, you can include as little or as much information as you like.
For example, you may include:
You could go into more detail and include:
Yes, it’s fairly common for a Will to include funeral wishes.
However, it’s recommended that funeral wishes are also kept separate from your Will if possible.
This is because the person arranging your funeral may not have access to your Will until after the funeral arrangements have begun.
It’s also easier and quicker to make changes to your funeral wishes if they are recorded elsewhere, as changing your Will (which is a legal document) can be complicated and costly.
If you need help trying to find out if someone has a Will, read our comprehensive guide »
Please note: recording your funeral wishes doesn’t make them legally binding, even if they are included in your Will.
The executor of your Will has the legal right to make decisions about your funeral and can overrule your funeral wishes or the wishes of your closest family members.
However, it’s likely that the executor, or the person arranging your funeral, will follow your specific funeral wishes if they’re recorded and available to them.
Unfortunately, many people in the UK are still reluctant to talk about death and funerals.
According to a 2021 survey of people who’d recently arranged a funeral:
Not knowing a loved ones’ final wishes can cause additional stress and upset for families who are arranging their funeral.
Source: SunLife (2021), Cost of Dying Report, sunlife.co.uk/costofdying2021
A prepaid funeral plan allows you to record your funeral wishes and plan your own funeral in advance.
With a plan in place, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re protecting your loved ones from the additional stress of having to guess your final wishes.
Not only that but you’ll have knowledge in advance of how much your funeral wishes will cost, as you’ll take care of the cost yourself.
A funeral plan also locks-in today’s prices, avoiding rising funeral costs.
Compare plan prices and features, free of charge, using our award-winning broker service today.
*£19.11 per month pricing includes a £75 discount only available to Co-operative members and is based on a 50-year-old purchasing a Co-operative Simple Funeral Plan at £3,020 over the maximum term available of 25 years (total amount repayable £5,733.40) as of 1st March 2021
^^Reassured has no affiliation with these websites
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