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Celebrities throw spotlight onto funeral planning

Funeral planning is not a regular topic of conversation. Rarely are you sharing a drink with friends or a meal with family and finding yourself openly musing about what your wishes might be after you’ve gone – which is unfortunate as it is something that people do worry about privately. However, as with everything in modern culture, celebrity behaviour can throw a spotlight onto any issue - and planning your funeral is a subject matter that has hit the headlines.

The most recent storyline has focused on Prince, and the fact that at aged 57 and in apparent good health, the Purple Rain star although without a valid will in place did have the foresight to share the funeral plan that he wished to be carried out.

Despite being one of the world’s biggest stars, Prince was insistent that he wanted to be buried with the minimum of fuss, with a family member saying that “he had very precise ideas about how he wanted his funeral to be, he made it clear that if ever he was to be taken from us he wanted to die with dignity. He was a star when he was alive but he wanted a quiet and private affair.”

Spotlight on celebrity funeral planning
Spotlight on celebrity funeral planning

And the singer is not the first person to make the news for having openly discussed their funeral plans, David Bowie and Ronnie Corbett both had a say in their own send-off, whilst much loved actress Linda Bellingham was said to have ‘meticulously’ planned her funeral down to the service, the speakers and even the music that was to be played.  All of these stories have had one thing in common, friends and family uniting to agree that the person got the send-off they wanted and deserved.

Death is a difficult subject to think about, let alone discuss with loved ones. The reluctance to have these conversations is reflected in research findings*, with the impact being that family members simply don’t know what their loved ones would have wanted. The recent coverage can only be a good thing in terms of getting people to discuss their last wishes and make their friends and family aware of them.  It provides solace for those left behind, and peace of mind for the person doing the planning.

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A Prepaid Funeral Plan from Dignity, the UK’s leading funeral plan provider, is a great way to plan for your funeral. It allows you to pay for and plan your funeral in advance, no matter when in the future the plan may be needed.  And a prepaid funeral plan isn’t just a great way to lay down instructions; it can also help save money too. Funeral costs have continued to rise and by taking out a plan you pay at today’s price not the price of when the funeral will be needed.  

Funeral planning is not just for the elderly or terminally ill. We never know what is around the corner and planning ahead is always a good idea so that your family will have one less thing to worry about when the time comes. Whether you are the type of person who wants complete control and to plan every aspect of your funeral, or you are happy to just make sure that your family does not have to worry about the costs, a Prepaid Funeral Plan from Dignity can help plan your funeral in advance.

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*Sunlife Cost of Dying Report 2015