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How to talk to your family about a funeral plan


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If you’ve bought a funeral plan from Avalon, you need to let your loved ones know what to do when the time comes.

If you’re thinking about buying an Avalon funeral plan, or have already pre-paid for your funeral, it’s important that you talk to your nearest and dearest about the decision that you’ve made. That way, they’ll know exactly what to do when the time comes.

Here are a few tips to explain how your funeral plan works and what you need to tell them.

Ask them to attend your appointment

If you’ve booked an appointment with an Avalon representative, it can be really helpful to have your next of kin attend, especially if they’re likely to be the person arranging your funeral when the time comes.

They’ll be able to ask any questions and get answers from our friendly, courteous representatives in person. This means they’ll have a clearer idea of what to expect.

Share reading material with them

Your representative will provide you with various reading materials to explain how the funeral plan works and what exactly is covered. You should ask loved ones to read through these documents thoroughly so that they understand everything about your funeral plan.

Remember to keep all information about your funeral plan in a safe place, so you and your loved ones can refer back to them if you need to.

Let them know where you’re keeping documents

Everyone who buys an Avalon funeral plan receives a certificate and supporting documents confirming that they have a pre-paid funeral plan in place. When the time comes, your loved one will need to access these important documents, so make sure they know where exactly they can find them.

Explain why you want to buy a funeral plan

Many people find it difficult to understand why anyone would want to think about their own funeral – let alone pre-arrange it. But talking about it before the time comes means everyone is more prepared.

If your loved ones don’t understand why you’re pre-planning your funeral, try to explain exactly why you’re looking to buy a funeral plan. Are you worried about rising funeral costs? Do you want to remove some of the stress of planning your funeral for them? Or do you want to have a say in how you’re laid to rest when the time comes?

Talk about your funeral wishes

This is also an opportunity to talk to your friends and family about what you’d like your funeral to be like – sombre and traditional service or colourful celebration of life? What songs do you want playing? What food should be served at the wake?

Once you’ve paid for your plan, Avalon will send you a personal requests form so you can record all of your funeral wishes – but it’s always a good idea to discuss your preferences beforehand with your loved ones. That way they’ll be comforted that you’re getting the funeral you wanted.

If you’re thinking about pre-arranging your funeral, call 0800 014 9112 to make an appointment with an Avalon representative. Or you can find out more about Avalon’s range of funeral plans online, with flexible payment plans starting from just £17.76 a month.


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.