New Year Is The Perfect Time to Pre-plan Your Funeral

Friday 19 January 2018, 7:01PM
By Beckie Wright

When arranging a funeral quite a few decisions need to be made in a short space of time, so to make things less stressful it’s really helpful to think ahead. Apart from a few legal requirements there are no real rules you have to obey, so it comes down to personal choice, and the New Year is a good time to pre-arrange your funeral to save your nearest and dearest the stress of doing it.

If you don’t want any fuss when you’ve gone, your funeral can be true to your wishes, and it can be extremely simple and private. Or, if you want an elaborate send off where everyone you’ve ever known is invited, Dil’s will organise that too. What is important is that those left behind have a chance to gather, remember and celebrate - to say goodbye - in some meaningful way. At Dil’s you’re in total control. What you want is what they’ll do their best to deliver.

Often, one of the first comments a family will make to the Dil’s team is that Mum or Dad, “never spoke about their funeral” and so “we don’t know what to do!” Planning in advance seems like such a simple thing and yet it’s something many people never get around to doing.

Planning your funeral in advance can be as simple as having a conversation with those nearest to you and expressing a few thoughts about what you might like to have happen when your time comes, or you might want sit down with Dil’s and document in some detail your plans and preferences. In any case, doing some sort of preparation in advance of your death make sense and really makes a difference to those you leave behind, by giving them confidence that they’re following your wishes about how you wish to be farewelled.

When planning your funeral in advance one thing Dil’s would suggest you consider is also leaving permission for your family to change your wishes, should the need arise. This might sound counterintuitive, given the reason you plan in advance is so your wishes are known, but Dil’s occasionally find family members conflicted between what you wanted and what they’d like to do. This doesn’t mean they have carte blanche to change everything, but does show that you trust those you have left behind to carry out your wishes and at the same time fulfil their personal needs as they face your passing. Advanced Planning can also be done as part of prepaying your funeral. For more information or to set up a meeting to talk through your options feel free to call Dil’s on +64 9 415 8720.

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