How to arrange your own Funeral by Bennetts Funeral Directors of Brentwood and Billericay, Essex
How to plan your own funeral.
Traditionally people are very reluctant to think about their own funeral. This is understandable as none of us like to consider our own mortality. However, the result of this is that when the inevitable does happen, family and friends are often left guessing and not sure what to do. At a time when they may be dealing with grief as well as the legal issues surrounding the bereavement, relatives are also trying to devise funeral arrangements which they hope are what you would have wanted, decisions can be made in a rush and sometimes regretted later.
Funeral wishes, whether in a Will or as described below, are not legally binding after death.
It is therefore sensible to identify who will give instructions for your funeral, so you feel confident that your wishes will be followed. It is helpful for your partner, family and friends to follow your wishes after death, it is part of the grieving process for them.
There is no right or wrong way to hold a funeral, what is important is that those concerned leave feeling that they have said their farewells and given thanks in a way that was meaningful to you.
In order to make this process easier, we at Bennetts Funeral Directors have devised a funeral ‘Wish List’.
The suggestion is that where possible the list is completed in consultation with your family at a time when you are fit and healthy and then filed away with your Will or somewhere known to the person nominated to arrange your funeral, until it is needed at which point it can be used by your family or simply handed to your chosen funeral director. It can also be updated and amended if your wishes, ideas or beliefs change. The Wish List is a detailed plan of what you would like to happen before, during and after your funeral.
Please visit our website and either print a copy off to complete at leisure or complete a secure form online. Please call our office on in Billericay, Essex 01277 624289 or Brentwood, Essex 01277 210104, where a member of our staff will be happy to help and advise.