Have you made plans for your funeral?
22nd August 2011
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Yes, I know, this is one of those taboo subjects that many people just don't talk about, even with those closest to them.  We know that death is inevitable, but we just don't want to face up to it.

As a former funeral director I know how difficult this makes things for those left behind after a death.  Did he want burial or cremation? Did he leave a will?  What music would he have liked? Who should we invite to the funeral?

The other worry for many elderly people is how they are going to pay for their funeral, or more importantly, who will be left to pay for it.

The best advice is to:

  1. Leave your wishes in writing and make sure that members of your family (or friends, if you have no close family) know where to find your instructions. 
  2. Make a properly drawn up will, and again make sure those close to you know where it is kept.
  3. Take out a pre-paid funeral plan with a reputable organisation, and again make sure those close to you know where the paperwork is kept.

In Aberdeen we can recommend the Victoria Funeral Home at 220 Victoria Road.  They offer the Golden Leaves Funeral Plans and can advise you of the many options open to you. 

If you purchase a funeral plan with Golden Leaves, your money is placed in a managed trust fund, which is totally secure.  Golden Leaves is a member of the Funeral Planning Authority.

This is not the easiest subject to deal with, but death is, unfortunately, inevitable, and your family and friends will be very grateful that you made everything clear and straightforward when the time comes.

You can call David or his team at Victoria Funeral Home on 01224 877202.

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Harry C

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