The 4 major differences between Spanish and British funerals
Here are four reasons why you need to protect your family with a Spanish funeral plan:
1. Spanish funerals take place much quicker
In the UK, funerals can take weeks to organise. In Spain, however, funerals are often carried out within 48 hours of the death – sometimes even sooner. This means the next of kin might only have a few days at most to make funeral arrangements, notify friends and family, and say goodbye to their loved one. In addition, many Spanish Funeral Directors ask for payment upfront, so your loved one might have to find hundreds or thousands of Euros in a short time frame.
2. Funerals are often simpler and less personalised
Because there’s less time to plan, Spanish funerals are often quite simple with less choice. You may not have time to plan those special personal touches for the service or to consult others about what a loved one's wishes might have been.
3. It’s much harder to shop around
When a death happens, the police will contact a local Funeral Director. The Funeral Director will then ask the next of kin to sign a release form, but in many cases this form is also a service contract, committing you to that Funeral Director before any prices have been discussed. Always read paperwork carefully before signing.
4. It’s normal to plan ahead
Because funerals take place so quickly in Spain, many Spanish nationals have funeral insurance and carry a card stating their preferred Funeral Director. This also helps protect bereaved families from unexpected costs and the stress of arranging a funeral at short notice.
For British expats living in Spain, a prepaid funeral plan helps loved ones cope with unfamiliar procedures, language barriers and funeral costs.