Older people in Swindon are being urged to plan ahead as the unexpected death of the popular Coronation Street soap character, Vera Duckworth (Elizabeth), left her family and friends in disarray about her last wishes.
Millions tuned in to the ITV soap as Vera left behind her screen husband, Jack (William Tarmey). As well as having to deal with the terrible grief of losing his beloved wife, he also had to begin making all of the arrangements for her funeral without any indication of her wishes.
Although this is a soap opera, it does highlight the issue of not making any prior arrangements for when the time comes. In fact, less than two per cent¹ of people pre-plan their funeral.
Coping with the stress of losing loved ones can be very difficult as well as being a huge financial responsibility. Age Concern Funeral Plans appreciates that, while pre-planning your funeral may not be something people think about every day, it does make good financial sense. With the latest figures showing the average cremation funeral costing £2,217 with² this figure predicted to rise to £3,350 by³ 2012, it is important to plan ahead.
Ann Hurcomb at Age Concern Swindon said, “Planning in advance does make good sense in terms of helping to relieve the organisational burdens and stresses from family and loved ones when the time comes. Unfortunately Vera Duckworth died very unexpectedly and didn’t plan ahead, but if people do take care of plans beforehand, it enables them to know their arrangements are settled so they can get on with enjoying life.
“If you plan ahead you can ensure your wishes are understood, from the service you would like, to the readings and hymns.”
The Age Concern Funeral Plan is designed to appeal to all with no age restrictions, no medicals required and guaranteed acceptance. There are three Funeral Plan packages available offering a choice of arrangements and individual requests. Even personal choices such as selecting hymns for the service, preferred flowers, and the route for the cortege can be arranged. The Age Concern Funeral Plan service ensures that personal requests and customer records remain confidential, safe and secure until required.
Age Concern’s Funeral Plan provides flexible plans and payment methods to suit different requirements and is provided in collaboration with Dignity Caring Funeral Services. Since Age Concern launched Funeral Plans a decade ago, it has sold over 130,000 plans.
To find out more about Age Concern Funeral Plans, call 0800 731 0651 or log on to: http://www.ageconcern.org.uk/AgeConcern/funeral_plans.asp
If you would like to talk with someone locally either face-to-face or by phone, please call 01793 692166 to arrange this.
1 Dignity Caring Funeral Services, 2006
2 Mintel Survey of Average Funeral Pricing, 2006
3 Dignity Caring Funeral Services