Each year thousands of people pre-plan and pre-pay their funeral. The motivation to do so can be numerous but the most common three reasons are 1) peace of mind, 2) it makes sound financial sense and 3) most Nursing Homes or Retirement Villages now ask you to provide them with your preferred Funeral Director at the time of moving in.
A pre-paid funeral is where an individual or couple choose to plan all the details of their funeral and pay for it at today’s prices.
Many parents wish to take the burden and responsibility away from their children when pre-planning their funeral. In the same way that you have a Will and Power of Attorney in place many people also see the benefit of pre-planning and pre-paying their funeral.
It is not unusual for me to hear ‘’I don’t want my kids to be faced with the financial burden of planning for my funeral and having to make the decisions under pressure. I want to take care of everything so there is less for them to be worried about”. These are wise thoughts as generally most people who pre-plan their own funeral will spend less than when their children are left to make the choices under stress.
By pre-paying your funeral now you will avoid future price rises as your Funeral Director should provide you with a binding Contract that ensures any future price rises are avoided.
At Gardenia Funerals we partner and invest our pre-paid funds with Australian Friendly Society in accordance with the Pre-Paid Funeral Act. We do not have access to the funds until such time as death occurs. We deal with the paperwork and apply for the release of funds so that your family are not burdened at the time of your death. Do not take out a pre-paid contract with any provider who does not invest in a third party investment house who is in compliance with the Pre-Paid Funeral Act.
Planning ahead is a practical and loving act of kindness that your immediate family will be most thankful for. Just remember to tell at least two family members that you have a Funeral Plan in place and where the Contract is located.
If you wish to meet with me to plan your funeral call (03) 9329 4024. I will sit with you and plan an appropriate funeral that reflects you and the life you have lived. You will have the opportunity to choose whatever services you do and don’t want.