It is also important to think about money. In law, when a person dies their assets (income or capital such as property or savings) may be frozen until probate is granted. In this situation, no-one, not even a husband or wife, can draw money from their bank account (unless it's a joint account). But if you are bereaved you need access to cash - you will still have bills to pay.
Think about opening a joint current or savings account, so that the person who is left can go on drawing cash, or make sure you have some savings in each of your names. It's worth making a list of all your assets and thinking ahead. Check on any investments which may be due to mature; you may also want to find out about an insurance policy to cover the cost of the funeral, or a pre-paid funeral plan.
And if you haven't made a will, arrange to do this as soon as possible. A will is the only way to guarantee that your estate is distributed in the way that you wish, and prevents confusion and distress for those left behind.
Try to tell the person closest to you your wishes; burial or cremation, church or non-religious service or natural burial and if you chose to pre-pay for your funeral you will be paying at today’s prices and taking the burden from those closest to you when they are grieving.
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