Nobody knows you like your friends and family. They are the people that have shared your life story, and they’ll want to come together and celebrate that story when you die. But the responsibility of funeral planning is a very heavy burden, particularly if your loved ones don’t know how you want to be laid to rest. Dying and funeral pre planning may seem like a morbid subject, but it’s an important conversation to have with your family.
Making your wishes known can provide peace of mind to both you and your relatives. You can take control of the financial and emotional responsibility of funeral planning, and ensure that your service is all about saying goodbye.
How to Open Up About Funeral Planning
Your friends and family might know you best, but you probably know them better. Striking up a difficult conversation can feel awkward if you do not know the best way to approach the subject. You probably understand how to handle this situation better than you think. Invite your family over for a formal discussion about your funeral planning, or simply work your way up to the conversation in a relaxed environment.
If it helps, bridge the gap between general chatter and the subject of your funeral planning by preparing a way into the conversation. Bring up death in a way that feels natural. Maybe a celebrity, public figure, or character in your favourite TV show recently passed away. This comfortable topic gives you a natural opportunity to start discussing death and funeral planning in more candid detail. This indirect approach to discussing your funeral wishes allows you to bring up the subject with relative ease. It can relieve some of the emotional weight of such a serious conversation, particularly if you are still in good health.
Discussing funeral planning while you are unwell often requires a more direct approach. This can be a very emotional conversation that brings home the reality of your health. It can exacerbate your loved ones’ anxieties, but it can also help prepare them for the inevitable and reduce the strain that you leave behind.
Funeral Planning with Capital Life Funeral Plans
At Capital Life Funeral Plans, we believe that one of the most important aspects of funeral planning is the advice and guidance that’s available for customers, and for the friends and family of the deceased. We make it a cornerstone of all our plans, providing support through all aspects of the funeral service.
There are very few conversations in life that feel as difficult as discussing your death with friends and family, but an open and honest discussion about what you want in advance doesn’t have to be painful or upsetting. Establish what you want at a budget that’s right for you, and simply share that information with your relatives.
And when the time does eventually come, all your family need to do is pick up the phone and call Capitial Life’s bereavement line and we will be at hand to take it from there.
If you would like any more information about our funeral plans and preparing for some of the more emotionally difficult moments of the process, such as Wills, Inheritance Planning, Probate, and LPAs, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 411 8683, or click here to fill out a short form, and we will do the rest.