The following post is written by Mike Pleming.
Let’s talk about death.
More explicitly, let’s talk about the economic shockwaves your passing inflicts on loved ones if your finances are messier than two monkeys having a food fight in the Lehman Brothers’ cafeteria.
While it’s natural to avoid facing up to your own mortality, it’s far from natural to inflict additional suffering on your immediate family after bereavement by failing to plan ahead.Indeed, research has found that less than a third of us will talk to our families about what we want to happen when we die – and only 37 per cent of us have bothered to write a will.
With the costs of funerals rising year on year – latest studies have shown that costs have risen 80 per cent since 2004 – it’s clear that depending on the benevolence of your family is far from a good plan.
To avoid a situation where you don’t get the send off you deserve and your nearest and dearest are whacked by financial and emotional buckshot’s, it’s vital to get your house in order now.
Sort Out Your Will
The last thing you would want after your death is for your family to squabble over your estate. After all, an emotionally raw time is hardly conducive to a civilised discussion about who gets what and why. Consequently, it’s important to have a will drawn up to set out how you want your finances divvied up among loved ones once you’re gone.
Purchase a Funeral Plan
Fancy organising your send off right down to the songs played at the service? Well, you’re in luck, as funeral plans allow your wishes to be honoured, right down to the tiniest detail, ensuring you receive a fitting farewell. Crucially, by securing a pre-paid plan, it means the cost of your funeral is frozen at today’s prices, as opposed to inflated rates years down the line.
Your plan should include information on how you wish for your body to be handled. Many people choose to be cremated because it is more affordable and easier than a plot at a cemetery. You can set yourself up with a cremation package and then leave the information with your family. When the time comes, all they will have to do is call the cremation company and your remains will be taken care of. If you can leave your family with one less thing to worry about, it is well worth the effort.
Think About Organ Donation
Far from being a ghoulish thought, organ donation is one of the best ways you can help your fellow man after your death. Indeed, you can help up to eight people by donating your organs, while tissue, bone, corneas and tendons can help many more. One thing to take away from this? More than 400 people die waiting for an organ transplant in the UK each year.
Consider Your Legacy
While your financial legacy is evidently important, you should also consider the memories you would like to leave behind for your family after your passing. One of the best ways to cement your legacy is through a memory box, which can contain photographs and other personal effects designed to offer comfort to those you’ve left behind.