A well-known local funeral director knows the pressures families face when a bereavement happens, but says planning ahead can help in many ways.
When a loved one has died, organising their funeral is an extra stress at a turbulent time. Everything must be perfect, and there’s the worry of missing something out – or worse, not truly representing the deceased’s life.
Add to that the stress of ever-rising funeral costs and it’s a troubling time.
John of John G Hogg Family Run Funeral Directors says a pre-paid funeral plan is about more than just the money.
Absolve the burden
Your loved ones will be shrouded with grief when a death occurs and may find organising a funeral and wake difficult.
Taking out a funeral plan gives peace of mind knowing your friends and family can take some time out to begin the grieving process in peace.
You’ll be joining a growing trend, too – 1.3 million people in the UK have bought a prepaid funeral plan.
Arranging and pre paying for your funeral now means you pay today’s prices – no matter how far in the future the funeral may fall.
There has been a marked increase in funeral services in the UK. It’s estimated that a burial or cremation could reach £15,000 in the next ten years.
A 2017 study by Sun Life, a life insurance company, found the cost of funerals has risen 70% in the past decade, with a 4.7% increase in the past year alone.
In fact, compared to other costs, funerals were the fastest rising – beating property, electricity and petrol.
Currently, one in six people struggle with funeral prices and the total amount of funeral poverty sits at a staggering £160 million.
A prepaid funeral plan lets you pay everything upfront, leaving your family with nothing to worry about.
Do it your way
The possibilities are endless in terms of bespoke funerals. It’s important to work with a funeral director you trust for a professional and accurately personalised service.
Funeral directors working in partnership with the Golden Charter Trust provide a legally binding contract to guarantee that your arrangements will be carried out exactly like you asked.
Many factors of the funeral can be personalised: the coffin, the readings, flowers, transport, music . . . the list goes on.
A plan lets you arrange the funeral exactly to your taste. After all, no one knows you better than yourself.
John G Hogg Family Run Funeral Directors has three funeral homes in Sunderland. It offers a range of funeral products and services, prepaid funeral plans and 24-hour support and advice.
The business has received several awards for its funeral services including Golden Charter’s Regional Funeral Planner of the Year. It prides itself on the quality of the tailored, trusted and personal service it has offers the Sunderland community for the past 30 years.
To find out more and view their prepaid plans, visit www.johnghogg.co.uk