Richard Woodward & Associates
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Our favourite subject!!
We can hide, we can run, but not forever! Here is a light hearted look with some serious content about funerals and how they can affect families forever.
The reality when someone dies.
Without a funeral plan in place, is that in many cases the surviving family in a state of panic and grief, will telephone the first undertaker whose name comes to mind, the undertaker collects the deceased from the morgue at the hospital, and takes them to the ’chapel of rest’ at their place of business, that’s if they are a local funeral director. Some larger names in the business store the bodies in warehouses sometimes 40 or 50 miles away from where you think they are, if you want to view the deceased they are loaded into a ’Private Ambulance’ taken to the Funeral directors place of business, you do the viewing, then the body is put back in storage.
Anyway, mum, dad or uncle is ’in the custody’ of the undertaker, now the burden is with the living to meet the undertaker and ’negotiate’ a price! It’s like having the double glazing man around, agreeing to have the windows put in, and then negotiating the price afterwards.
Why on earth would you want to do that, so why do it with a funeral? Where most people don’t even ask the price.
Its not all About the money!
We know a family the father was a retired builder, a big strong man in his day, he said to me in no uncertain terms 'something unprintable' when I suggested a Funeral Plan.
When he died, his 5 children could not agree on anything! they didn’t know whether to cremate or bury him! they argued about everything, the choice of undertaker, the cost, the service, they argued about his body! some said the coffin should be sealed with no viewing, others disagreed and went to see him dead, they all said they wish they had not gone because they would have preferred to remember him as he was when alive, but now all they remember is him dead in his coffin! they said to me they only went to see him because they 'felt obliged'.
If he had made his funeral plan and said nail me in 'no viewing' then this would have relieved them of the obligation to go and see him 'one last time'.
The clothes he was cremated in! yes, his clothes, they could not agree on this so the undertaker dressed him in a nice pale yellow smock! A fitting end to a burly tough builder! What would he have thought about that?
The arguing didn’t stop there! They argued about his ’wake’ 3 children said at his favourite pub with his friends, 2 children said at ’his builders yard’ and his wife said at their home, they argued about where the ashes should be scattered! Some said 'his builders yard' some said ’where he used to go fishing, one child said, on his mother’s grave.
His wife said I don't care Just STOP arguing.
Free LPA Offer
We are currently promoting 'Lasting Powers of Attorney' and for a limited time offering to arrange them for you 'completely free' of charge (excluding OPG registration fees which are £82 per 'Lasting Power of Attorney') when you arrange your a pre-paid funeral plan via us with either SAFE HANDS or GOLDEN LEAVES. Your funeral can be paid in full or instalments and allocated to the funeral director of your choice in nearly 100% of cases, available locally and nationwide, simply go to the funeral providers website, choose your plan, come back to us to place it through our agency with them and you get your LPAs fully completed, checked and sent for registration so its all done for you, this service comes with our guidance as required.Thanks Richard & Iain.
All the old excuses
They can throw me in the ditch, I don’t care;
No they can’t throw you in the ditch, Fly tipping is illegal!
I am leaving my body to science research;
Fact, only a small % of bodies are accepted! and in some cases what’s left of you is still returned to the family for disposal!
I don’t want to think about it;
Do you think your family want to deal with it? of course they don’t but someone has to.
They can bury me in the garden;
Yes if you get permission from the local authority this may be possible but it will devalue the family home and make it hard to sell!
I’m not old enough for that yet;
Let’s hope not, but while you are young and working it’s the best time to pay for it.
Did you know?
In the olden days when someone died, some poor souls actually got buried alive so they introduced a system where the coffin and body was buried but a rope attached to a bell on the surface was inserted into the Coffin just in case the dead person woke up they could raise the alarm and ring the bell, this is where the phrase ‘Dead Ringer’ possibly originated.
Anyway it was the people who stood watch in the graveyard waiting for the bell to ring who did the ‘Graveyard Shift’ This process then moved into peoples homes where the coffin and body was stored, just in case they woke up, this was called ‘Waking the Dead’
Nowadays thankfully we are certified dead by doctors, two in the case if a cremation and one if it’s a burial. Now most wakes are down the pub after the burial or cremation.