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The Very Last Thing You Can Do For Your Family

Aug 8, 2008
Funerals are never cheap. A really basic affair will start at 500 pounds but the average funeral will cost 2,000 pounds upwards. This is not something many of us want to consider but if we don't, then who will? The burden of funeral arrangements and costs will fall on the next of kin if we shuffle off this mortal coil with no prior arrangements in place through a will and this all comes at a time when our loved ones really don't have the emotional capabilities for it.

Making a will is one thing that we can do for our nearest and dearest that shows love and consideration for them. While none of us like to consider the fact that we won't always be here, it is a fact of life and the plans we can make through a will are the last way we have of having our wishes carried out, making it a little easier for our loved ones and possibly leaving a legacy for people to remember us by.

Wills are the last word we have on this earth. Much of the population live frugal lives with little to leave friends and family but it isn't simply about possessions. Making a will can also cover the care and responsibility of minors or even pets. It dictates who is responsible for carrying out our last wishes and it can also determine the type of funeral we have.

Many people, while making a will, will also choose to pick, plan and pay for a funeral to get the one they want. But the usual over-riding reason for this is to remove the difficult situation for their families. It also removes a huge financial burden also. To have to find the funds for an expensive funeral is a huge problem for some and it's not always possible to wait for inheritance money or insurance payouts to cover these costs.

Some couples like to do this together. Not your average way to spend a weekend but if it's going to be our last resting place, then the least we can do is have some say over it. Even healthy people will pick out a casket, songs to be sung or readings to be done. These are all things that mean something to them and as morbid as it sounds, it doesn't have to be so. Funerals are always a difficult time for all concerned and making sure every aspect of it is covered in your will ensures that the burden is relieved and that your loved ones know you are going the way you wanted to.

Many people choose to see a funeral as a celebration of their life as opposed to the sadness of them passing and this is a positive way to look at something that no-one can ever avoid. This will always be easier if you will states your wishes and even more so if all the expenses are already covered.

To plan your funeral in advance or to make your wishes known in your last will and testament and at the very least to ensure all the expenses are covered is one last way you can show your family how much you cared about them, it is the one least thing you can leave them and they will never have the worry of never being quite sure if you liked the way it was all arranged.
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Funeral expert Catherine Harvey looks at the way making a will should cover your funeral too.
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