Funeral plans can offer peace of mind that when the time comes, your funeral will be arranged the way that you want it. They also allow the funeral to be paid for in advance, meaning that the cost is covered, rather than family having to find the money to pay for it. When a funeral plan is taken out properly these two things mean that the time immediately following the death of a loved one can be less stressful as things are already taken care of and less decisions about what they ‘might have wanted’ need to be made.

In order for a funeral plan to be effective, it is important to find out what exactly is included in it, so there are no hidden surprises later on. It is best to take out a plan from a provider who is regulated by the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA). This is because they will have signed up to the industry body’s strict code of conduct and are subject to their regulations. It is also a good idea to ensure you know who the funeral director will be.

Whilst it may not be pleasant to think about death, thinking about what elements you would like to include in the service, such as readings or music choices, can be of great help as well as comfort to family members. Making sure these wishes are clearly recorded in the plan will mean that you get the service you would like. Family members can also take comfort in the fact that arrangements have been made according to your own wishes.

Joseph C Roberts are an Independent Family Funeral Director based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We offer funeral plans as well as bespoke arrangements and are available to talk to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about any of the services we provide, please get in touch when you are ready on 01423 887824.

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