Why funeral plans are a must-have for Brits retiring to Spain


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Thinking of a sunny retirement in Spain? Make sure you’ve got an expat funeral plan so you can kick back and relax knowing everything's sorted.

Spain is the perfect place to retire, thanks to the great weather, low cost of living and thriving expat community. With over 300,000 Brits currently living there, almost half are over 65 and enjoying a sunny retirement in Spain.

If you’re thinking of moving to Spain for retirement, chances are you’ve already thought about the basics like accessing your UK state pension, registering as a resident, and of course finding a new home to call yours. But there’s one other major life event that you should plan for if you’re moving to Spain.

Funerals in Spain are very different to those in the UK. Even if you’ve had experience arranging a funeral for a loved one back home in Britain, there are some key differences that might catch you unawares in Spain.

British pensioners in Spain often struggle with the Spanish funeral system. For example, funerals take place much quicker – sometimes within 48 hours – and delays can cost hundreds in daily mortuary fees.

Then there’s the logistics of finding and choosing a local Funeral Director. It’s difficult enough to shop around for funeral services in the UK, let alone in a foreign country with language barriers.

All these potential difficulties mean added stress on top of what is already an emotional time. That’s why if you want to retire to Spain from the UK, you should think about an expat funeral plan – for both your peace of mind, and your family’s.

Funeral plans for British pensioners in Spain

A funeral plan is a simple way of paying for and arranging your funeral in advance. It makes everything easier for your loved ones when the time comes, so they won’t have to navigate an unfamiliar system in a foreign language. One call to our 24-hour expat bereavement helpline and we’ll start making arrangements in accordance with your plan.

Plus, Avalon’s expat plans are fully guaranteed, meaning your next of kin won’t have any unexpected costs to cover either.

And, because Avalon operates in Spain, the UK, Portugal and Cyprus, if you decide relocate to one of those countries, we can transfer your funeral plan. Or if you split your time between Spain and UK, your funeral plan can be enacted in either country.

A plan from Avalon makes everything simpler for your loved ones, giving them support when they need it most, and giving you peace of mind so you can enjoy your retirement in Spain.

Find out more about Spanish funeral plans for expats – request a quote now or call us on +34 966 799 070.

About the author

With a Masters from the University of Bristol, Jessica Hanson has worked in the funeral sector for several years, following the latest industry trends and writing about end of life planning. Jessica has previously written as a blogger for the Huffington Post, covering topics such as death positivity, understanding grief and how funerals are changing. You can find Jessica on LinkedIn and Twitter.