Planning for your own funeral means that your family don’t need to worry about finding the money to lay you to rest and they will be sure of your wishes regarding the ceremony. There is little point in writing this on a beer mat or a napkin one late evening, store the information securely with Lexikin and ensure that the information is received by the right people in the event of you passing away. Use our handy guides and resources to make all the right decisions now, before it is too late.
First of all, we appreciate that planning for your own death probably won’t be top of your list, at least not unless you are currently in ill-health. The truth is that none of us know when we are going to die and it makes sense to have a plan in place so that loved ones aren’t left wondering what your wishes were in their time of mourning.
Sitting down and discussing everything with them or writing your wishes down can prevent problems in the weeks following your death. It also provides a clear indication of what you wanted which provides a good deal of solace when your loved ones carry out your wishes.
Funerals, unfortunately, cost money and you will certainly want to make sure that you have made provision for this side of things.
There are numerous funeral plans on the market if you don’t have enough savings to pay for your final send off, making sure that your family don’t have to cover the costs when you leave them. If you have enough assets you can stipulate in your will that a portion of your estate should be used to cover the costs. Most banks will release funds to pay for this even before probate has been sorted.
There are many options to consider such as whether you want to be buried or cremated and whether you want a particular religious ceremony or something more secular. Then there are issues such as the music you want to be played and where you would like the reception afterwards.
You might have a particular location in mind such as being buried with your mother or father or have an affinity with a certain memorable town or city where you want to be laid to rest.
You may want favourite poems or passages read out during the ceremony by certain individuals or you want donations to be made to a particular charity or organisation rather than having flowers. You may even want to stipulate what people wear at the funeral – for example bright clothes rather than sombre dark ones.
There may be other things you want to happen following your death. You might, for instance, like members of various organisations or clubs that you were a member of to be informed of your passing. Listing all these things on Lexikin is important if you want your funeral to be carried out in accordance to your wishes.
Making a funeral plan is becoming more common nowadays and many people use the opportunity of writing their Will to do just that. Many Probate solicitors too will store a copy of your plan along with a copy of your Will so that access is easy for loved ones when you have finally departed.
You can of course make sure that you keep your funeral plan at home or give it your chosen Executor so that, when the time comes, everything moves as smoothly as possible. Your best solution is to Sign Up and store your wishes on Lexikin, using our secure cloud platform.
While it may not be the most palatable notion, planning for your funeral makes sense and is easy to do.