Whilst considering our own funeral makes most of us a little uncomfortable, more people are realising that pre-planning a funeral offers emotional and financial security for them and their families.
With a pre-planned funeral, your family will find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects your wishes, and also has the advantage of lessening the burden of having to make important decisions at a stressful time.
There are a number of options available when pre-planning a funeral, such as Pre-Arranged Funerals, Pre-Paid Funerals, Funeral Insurance and Funeral Bonds.
A pre-arranged funeral is where you discuss with a funeral director your preferences for a funeral service. They will offer a range of services, allowing you to choose an appropriate funeral service that will be conducted professionally and with dignity.
The funeral director will record your preferences, together with personal information, including your birthplace, marriage(s), children and parental details, which will later be recorded on a ‘Death Certificate’.
They will also discuss your preferences in regard to the many decisions involved in planning a funeral service. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The location and type of service
- Burial or Cremation
- Content including music, readings, poetry and visual presentations
- Memorial guest book
- Order of Service Booklets
- Coffin or Casket
- Floral Arrangements
- Newspaper Notices
- Personalised Items eg helium balloons, doves, butterflies, bagpipes etc
A pre-arranged funeral is not a formal contract, and there is no obligation to use the services of that funeral director. It will be the responsibility of the deceased’s family or ‘Executor’ of the Will to arrange the funeral and decide if they wish to proceed with your pre-arrangements.
Payment is not made in advance, and will be expected from the person who has signed the legal contract with the chosen funeral director, at the time the service is conducted.
Please see our website on ‘Planning a Funeral’, under the Arranging a Funeral section, if you require further assistance regarding choosing a funeral director.