If you’re thinking of relocating to Spain, Portugal or Cyprus, an Avalon funeral plan lets you make funeral arrangements in advance.
Starting a new life abroad is exciting, but there’s plenty of practical considerations before you can don your sunglasses and put your feet up. While many expat checklists include things like health insurance and how to import a car, most of them forget to mention one very important thing: funeral arrangements.
It’s probably the last thing on your mind when you’re planning your new dream lifestyle in the sun. But it’s something that you need to think about, sooner rather than later. Here are five reasons why buying funeral plan should be on your to-do list when you move abroad.
1. Make it easier for your loved ones when the time comes
Arranging a funeral for a loved one is a distressing experience at the best of times, but when you’re in a foreign country and may not be fluent in the language, it can become stressful and confusing.
There are also cultural differences to consider. For example, in Spain most funerals take place within 48 hours. In Cyprus, you won’t be able to have a cremation, as there is no crematorium on the island.
By buying an Avalon funeral plan in advance, your loved ones won’t have to shop around for a funeral director or worry about how the process works in your new country. All they’ll have to do is contact your nominated funeral director and they’ll take care of the arrangements specified in your plan.
2. Secure the cost of funeral director fees
When you die abroad your assets may be frozen and become harder to access for your family to pay for the funeral. In addition, if your family have recently made the move to a sunnier life abroad, you might not have the cash savings you could once rely on.
When you buy a funeral plan for Spain, Portugal or Cyprus, the funeral director fees are pre-paid in advance. This makes the process easier when the time comes, as well as easing some of the financial pressure for your loved ones.
3. Enact the plan abroad or in the UK
If you split your time between Britain and your home in the sun, Avalon has you covered. Your pre-paid funeral plan can be enacted in the UK or in Spain, for example, so that you’ll still be covered wherever you are. It even covers the other countries we operate in, so if you swap Spain for Cyprus, or Portugal for Spain, your funeral plan will still be valid.
It’s also perfect if you decide to return to the UK later in life. You won’t need to worry about buying a new funeral plan – simply let our friendly customer service team know that you’ve relocated and Avalon will assign you a new nominated funeral director in the UK.
4. Make the most of flexible payment plans in Pound Sterling or Euros
When you buy an Avalon funeral plan for Spain, Portugal or Cyprus, you can choose a payment plan that suits you. You can pay upfront in one lump sum, or over several years. Your Avalon representative can tell you more about the options available.
In addition, whereas with life insurance you can lose all your money if you miss a payment, you will not lose all of the money paid in with an Avalon funeral plan. If you need to adjust your payment plan, our friendly, professional advisors are there to help you.
5. Get support from a 24-hour bereavement line
When the time comes, your loved ones can use our 24-hour bereavement line to find out what to do next. With British operators based in Europe, you won’t have to worry about language barriers.
All the information you need about who to call and how to enact your funeral plan will be included in your documentation. Make sure you keep it in a safe place and let our advisors know where to find it when they need to.
Find out more about Avalon’s range of European funeral plans.
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.