Planning for the end of your life is not an easy thing to do. Many people find it difficult to talk about dying with their loved ones, and it is easy to put off the conversation.
However starting to put some basic plans into place, or simply having a conversation with your loved ones, can be a big relief. There are a number of things to think about – making a will, talking about where you would prefer to die, stating the kind of funeral arrangements you would prefer, and how you would like your life to be commemorated.
If appropriate, you may then want to either record your wishes with one of our ‘My Wish’ pre-arrangement plans or take out a Perfect Choice funeral plan to pay towards the cost of your funeral. The following pages explain how both of these options work.
Available to download from this page are a number of leaflets that have been produced by the ‘Dying Matters’ coalition. These cover subjects such as starting to talk about your wishes and those of your loved ones, and practical steps to starting to plan for the end of your life.
Other funeral plans
Perfect Choice is the only funeral plan that we provide, as we believe its transparency, security and flexibility make it the safest choice for our clients.
However, we know that there are many alternative options available, sold directly to the public or via banks or will-writers. Many of these plans are tied to a particular funeral group, and we may not able to handle the funeral arrangements, or would face large deductions from the amount paid into the plan.
If you or a loved one have taken out a plan with another provider, but would like us to look after the funeral arrangements please contact us, and we will find out whether this is possible.
Please see the links, below, to downloadable guides that you may find useful. If you have any questions or require further advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
5 Things before I die
How to help someone who has been bereaved
Myths about death and dying
One last thing
Starting conversations with family and friends
Talking to children about dying
What to do if someone you know has been bereaved