Dying Awareness Week: the importance of making a funeral plan

Why plan your funeral? Why indeed. You won’t be there to enjoy it (unlike Noela Rukundo).

However, planning your own funeral can take a lot of pressure off of those left behind. Choosing your own music, service and indeed funeral director can all make things that much easier.

Importantly, though, make sure that your loved ones know about your plans.

Despite a long held belief that solicitors have grand Will reading ceremonies, your Will may not be read until after the event. As a trainee solicitor, one of my worst days came when I received a call from a vet asking if it was OK for him to put a client’s dog to sleep and was I going to pay? After a frantic search of our records, I found the client’s Will, which gave details of her wishes regarding her elderly and infirm pet. At that point we hadn’t even been informed that she had died but the assumption was that everyone in the family would know what she wanted to be done.  The Will also contained her funeral wishes and we were able to tell the family about them – thankfully in good time.

Making plans for your demise (including what will happen to your pets) is a good thing – but do have the conversation with the people who need to know.  No matter who you want to make decisions for you or how you convey them – do continue the #BigConversation. 

 If you or a relative need advice regarding elderly care issues or making a Will then contact a member of our Elderly Care Team. 

Visit the Dying Matters website