Death is a morbid topic at best of times and we all have a natural tendency to avoid the subject if at all possible, yet by planning your own funeral arrangements and making a will, you are not burdening your loved ones with your funeral arrangements. In the UK, more and more people are realising that making your own funeral arrangements does make sense, and not only does this make your passing much less stressful for those you leave behind, you can decide exactly how you will be remembered.
Remove the Financial Burden
We at Joseph A Hey & Son are the people who make all the funeral arrangements and many of our clients prefer to make their own funeral arrangements in advance, which might include a pre-paid funeral, which removes the financial burden from your loved ones. This ensures that the cost of your funeral does not increase over time and your last wishes concerning the funeral can be carried out according to your instructions.
Making a Will
Of course, making your own funeral arrangements should also include leaving a Last Will & Testament – something every person should do – and this can include details and provisions for the funeral. It might surprise you to learn that in the event you should die without leaving a will, your estate might not benefit those you wish, as a deceased person’s estate is distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy, an ancient set of UK laws that govern the distribution of a person’s estate. Making a will ensures that your estate is distributed as you prefer, even down to the small details, and this could also avoid family conflicts.
Making Things Easier
If you were to suddenly pass away, this immediately puts a strain on your loved ones, who not only have to grieve in their own way, they also have to make the funeral arrangements, which can be very stressful, not to mention costly. By discussing this with your local funeral director, you can make all the necessary arrangements in advance and should the worst happen, at least your family will not have to concern themselves too much with the funeral arrangements.
Planning your Memorial
We all have our own ideas about how we would like to be remembered and by planning your own memorial, you can be sure that the service will be as you would have liked. You can even take out memorial insurance, which covers the cost of maintenance and upkeep, ensuring that your family is not burdened with this. Many people would prefer their family and friends to celebrate their life rather than mourn their passing and you can make all the necessary arrangements in advance to ensure that the ambience is not too solemn.
Many people prefer to be cremated rather than buried, which is a much more ecofriendly way to be laid to rest. Modern funeral solutions include cardboard coffins, which are very popular for those who care about the environment and perhaps you would prefer cremation rather than burial for purely environmental reasons.
At Joseph Hey & Son, we have been providing funeral services in the Bradford area for many years and should you wish to enquire about making your own funeral arrangements, give us a call on 01274 571021 or contact us via our website and make sure that your loved ones are not burdened with your funeral arrangements.