How many times have you said yourself or heard someone else say “What’s the point of that then? I’ll be dead they can do what they like with me!” when talking about funerals? I suspect more than a couple of times… but have you ever taken the time to look at exactly what a ‘Funeral Plan’ is and how it could benefit you?
So what is the catch then? we really don’t think there are any, because if there was then we wouldn’t sell them! We are totally open and honest and wouldn’t dream of giving you something you didnt need. If your circumstances meant a plan wasn’t the most cost effective or efficient way for you then we would not recommend one to you. For you, having a Funeral Plan in place is about the peace of mind that everything has been dealt with, it’s all done, dusted and forgotten about – and your family aren’t left wondering what on earth your wishes might have been. Also for the savvy savers among us there’s the knowledge that the cost of your funeral will be exactly what you paid for it now – even if in five years time the same funeral costs a thousand pounds more – not a penny extra is expected from your family or your estate. Apart from the obvious task of paying for it (outright or in instalments) you can choose exactly how much or how little you would like at your funeral service, you can choose the venue, the person to conduct it, the cars, the music, the dress code, the flowers, doves, literally anything you want, we would probably draw the line at hiring someone to stand at the back in a grim reaper costume but in all honesty, if its legal and you want it, you can pretty much have it!
We have our own specially designed funeral plan at Bungards called ‘The Independent Way‘ and we happily entrust our plans to Golden Charter, one of the UK’s largest funeral plan providers. Golden Charter is owned by over 3000 independent funeral directors just like us, has over 500,000 plan holders and importantly they are FPA registered (FPA is the ‘Funeral Planning Authority’, they have regulated the providers of pre-paid plans since 2002, have a strict set of rules and a code of practice that must be adhered too) so your money is in safe hands. Have a read below and if you would like any more information or if you would like to chat to us, either in person or on the phone, get in touch and we’ll help you out, just no grim reapers ok?…
What is a funeral plan?
A funeral plan is an easy way to pre-arrange the funeral you want and pay for the funeral director’s services covered by the plan in advance. A plan can help to save your family worry and expense, and help make things easier for your loved ones at what is often a difficult time. As our customers often tell us, that can be a big weight off your mind.
It’s a straightforward way to do something amazing for your family. Few people like to talk about their funeral, and an Independent Way Funeral Plan can make things easier for everyone – so that when the time comes, we will then carry out your plan according to your wishes, relieving your family of the stress and financial worry they may otherwise have to face.
Everyone has different needs when it comes to funeral planning, so we make sure all our plans are as flexible as possible. When you get in touch, we will be happy to discuss your funeral requirements and tailor a plan to suit you. Rest assured, our plans are available to everyone, regardless of age or state of health.
Why planning ahead makes great financial sense
You might be surprised to hear that, while the average cost of a funeral in 2010 was £2,713, by 2020 it was £4,115. That’s an increase of 52% in 10 years – well above the general rate of inflation.
Sources: SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2021.
Planning ahead the with Independent Way Funeral Plan
While some people don’t want to think about arranging their own funeral, which is only natural. However, you can help to gain the peace of mind that you have put your affairs in order and organised the funeral you would like.
A plan that’s tailored to your needs
As an independent funeral director, we’ll take the time to understand your wishes and tailor a plan to suit you. We will gladly meet you at our premises or in your home at a time that suits you, when it is safe to do so. You can tell us about any preferences you have in mind – the type of funeral you would like to have, hymns, music or any other personal touches – and we’ll make sure your plan takes these into account.
We’re here to help
We understand that it can be hard to think about your funeral and you may not be sure where to start. As your local expert, we’re here to help. When you get in touch, we’ll be happy to discuss your funeral requirements and find the plan that suits you best.
Call us on 01273 820018 or pop in to our office at 90 Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3HE